Alexandrea Pimental graduated from NEIT in May, 2015, with an Associate in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. A U.S. Navy Veteran, Alexandrea’s ultimate goal is to one day become an astronaut. This fall, she will combine her passion for physical fitness and mechanical engineering as she continues her studies at Brown University where she will work towards completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomechanical Engineering. There are many steps Alexandrea must complete on her journey to becoming an astronaut. This very ambitious and extremely focused young woman shares her insights with Tech News readers.
What made you decide to attend NEIT for your degree?
When I graduated from Cumberland High School in 2006, I decided to join the U.S. Navy rather than head right off to college as many of my friends did. In October of that same year, I enlisted in the Navy and shipped off to boot camp for eight weeks in Great Lakes, Illinois, in February, 2007. From there, I trained in Pensacola, Florida, to become a Cryptologic Technician (CT). I served as a CT for two years at Fort Meade, Maryland, and for three years in Kunia, Hawaii. During my time in Hawaii, I volunteered to deploy to Baghdad, Iraq, for six months. I then returned to Kunia to complete my tour of duty.
Upon separation from the Navy, my original plan was to continue working for the government as a civilian. While I was waiting to get hired for a government-contracting job, my brother, who graduated from New England Tech in March 2005, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Building Engineering Technology, suggested I take a look at the many programs offered at NEIT. Both my fiancée and I found programs that we were interested in pursuing and enrolled in October, 2013. New England Tech’s quarter system allowed us to begin classes immediately. We both graduated in May, 2015. Interestingly enough, my fiancé earned the “Best of Tech” award for the Software Engineering program.
How did you choose your program?
I chose the Mechanical Engineering Technology program for a couple of reasons. First, I researched the possibility of working at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, RI, and when doing so, I learned that many of the employees had mechanical engineering degrees. My ultimate goal is to one day become an astronaut, and once again I found that many astronauts have mechanical engineering degrees. NEIT’s hands-on approach to Mechanical Engineering was of great interest to me. I was impressed with the level of critical thinking, creativity, and excitement that I felt while involved in this program.
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