Campus: Manhattan Major: M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering
Fadi Shamash Mickael's path to NYIT began in Iraq, where he worked with and found a mentor in NYIT Chief of Staff Peter C. Kinney III, who served there in his last job with U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. Fadi applied to NYIT at Kinney's encouragement, and found an ideal fit for studying hardware design and communication.
Why study engineering?
Growing up, I played with LEGOs. I was always fascinated by how using the same basic building blocks, I could build a house, a motor vehicle, or even a spaceship! As I grew older, I became captivated by technology and its advancement. Prior to NYIT, I earned a B.Sc. in laser engineering from University of Technology in Baghdad.
What skills have you developed from your latest internship?
I worked as a communication engineering support aide from January to September 2013 for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York City. The internship taught me about the technical aspects of communication systems for subway stations, running the gamut from general network equipment wired in communication rooms, to specifics about fiber optics, cat6e and POE (power over ethernet) cables, and the ethernet switches used for the Second Avenue Subway System Project. I've developed better knowledge of error solutions and strengthened my managerial skills, which can be used for any future technical position. The internship has also opened the door to a full-time job in the MTA's department of capital program management, where I'm currently working as a full-time junior electrical engineer.
How has NYIT Career Services helped you in your professional development?
Career Services has provided resources to improve my communication skills to the point where I feel a lot more comfortable in interviews and meetings. Thank you to Rosalia Mannino, assistant director of experiential education in the Office of Career Services, for dedicating her time to help me.
What advice can you offer to students based on your internship/job search experience?
Try as many internships as you can before graduation. Do not be disheartened if finding the right career seems like a daunting prospect. There are many jobs out there, so keep looking until you find the right one. One of my favorite inspirational quotes by Irish playwright Samuel Beckett is: "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."