Mechanical Engineering – The Keys to Success
Although Andy Moy '12 and Okeke F. Eberechi couldn't come from more different backgrounds, they share similar goals in studying Mechanical Engineering: each feels that the science and technology education offered at Stevens Institute of Technologyis critically important to his country.
Andy, a fourth-year student in a five-year dual-degree program between Stevens and New York University, was convinced early on to get an education in a STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—field. "I remember seeing ads on TV when I was a kid about how important it is that more Americans get involved in STEM," he says. After attending a sciences high school, the native New Yorker enrolled at NYU as a Math major.
With Math providing the fundamental background for further study in a functional field, Andy opted for the dual-degree program with Stevens to capitalize on the wide applicability of broad-based Mechanical Engineering education. "Some of my friends' parents were engineers, and I saw the kind of work they did and how flexible an engineering degree can be for a career."
In his free time, Andy enjoys making modular origami, a variant of the paper-folding art that combines several simple paper sculptures to create highly complex finished pieces. "I like making and visualizing tangible things. Modular origami is about putting straightforward objects together that create a synthesis you can see."
Andy sees a connection between this paper art and the discipline of engineering. The Design Spine curriculum provides opportunities to explore the hands-on aspect of engineering, tunneling deep into the foundation of the structures of the modern world.
"It is the iterative learning process," Andy says. "The process is always to go back to the beginning."
For Okeke, the beginning is 5398 miles away from Stevens Hoboken, NJ campus. His story starts in Benin City, Nigeria.
Nigeria is a country without a domestic automotive industry. A car salesman, Okeke's father has for years been frustrated that he can only offer foreign makes to his customers. Okeke is committed to making history by bringing automobile manufacturing to Nigeria.
After completing his Bachelor's in Materials and Production Engineering at Ambrose Alli University in Nigeria, Okeke joined Stevens to undertake a Master's in Mechanical Engineering. He believes the discipline to be the bedrock of all engineering. "Look around you, everything you see was made by engineers," he says. "The world would not be complete without engineers."
Okeke felt that Stevens offered the appropriate program to prepare him for this intrepid goal. "I knew that I wanted to go to a school in the United States, and so I started searching for programs on the Internet," he says. "I wanted a school that was very focused in engineering and saw that Stevens had a very long history in this field."
Currently a Master's student in the Integrated Product Development program, Okeke intends to earn a Ph.D. and return to Nigeria, where he will help develop a homegrown automobile industry in the booming country.
For both the life-long Manhattanite and the Nigerian—who arrived at Stevens in the middle of the worst winter in years—the journey to Stevens is about acquiring knowledge to succeed. And even though Andy and Okeke take pride in excelling for the good of their nations, they also believe that education is a matter of personal fulfillment.
"You can do something, you can make something tangible," Andy says. "Ultimately, I think education is something you do for yourself."