Michelle Messenger Great Neck, N.Y. Class Of: 2015
Campus: Manhattan Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S.
Michelle Messenger is the fall 2012 winner of the Creative Astoria Federal Competition for undergraduate women in the NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. She transferred to NYIT from Nassau Community College.
Why transfer to NYIT?
Because it's a strong school for engineering students. I went to the Manhattan campus for a tour. Everyone was friendly and seemed to have connections.
To create better things for people who need them. I'm interested in bionics. It would be amazing if I could work on some device to help someone walk or hear again.
Engineering in the family
I was drawn to engineering because I'm good at math and science. My mom and grandmother were both computer programmers.
Society of Women Engineers
Role Model Marissa Mayer, who became CEO of Yahoo at age 37. One of the things I love most about her is that she is not a typical stereotype of an engineer. She is passionate about everything she does and it's inspiring.
My iPhone. I like to watch TED talks and play games like Words with Friends.
I love to dance and go to musicals. The last Broadway show I saw was Mary Poppins.
Best NYIT experience
In Assistant Professor Aydin Farajidavar's Fundamentals of Digital Logic, I got a 98.5 on the first test, the highest grade in the class. He wrote Marissa Mayer on my test with a smiley face. It boosted my confidence.
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