Kokou Missebupko

North Carolina A&T
Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Kinston, NC

What are your career goals?

After getting my bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, I plan to get into an engineering development program in the aerospace industry that offers to help you get a master’s doing design work. After the development program, I would like to get a full-time position in the same industry and work for at least five years to gain as much experience needed to open my own engineering firm. I then want to go back to my native country, which is a third world country, to assist young engineers in school in finding varieties of opportunities all around the world. Licensing is required to be able to open an engineering firm, so I plan on passing the FE exam during my undergraduate years and become certified by taking the PE exam in the future.

Do you have any areas of interest specific to your discipline?
One specific area that I am interested in my major is system dynamics which involves the analysis of how objects move in space. I found the courses that I have taken involving this topic to be very interesting, enjoyable, and I can see myself exploring this specific area in depth as I progress in my career.

What is one piece of advice you have for fellow engineering students?

Consistency is the key to great accomplishments, and it’s not about what you know, it’s about who you know—this applies in any aspect of life.

What has been your favorite engineering course and why? 

My favorite engineering course so far has been Dynamics. I started off clueless to what was going on in the class, but through consistent hours of studying and perseverance, I was able to understand and get familiarized with the subject. This is my favorite course because I received an A on the final exam.

Which clubs, campus organizations, and activities do you participate in?

  • Aggie Men (Mentor collective)
  • NSBE
  • ASME
  • NCAT council board member
  • Calculus and Dynamics Tutor

I also go to the gym and practice healthy nutrition habits. I like to read non-fiction books from personal development to history. I also enjoy hanging out with friends.

What are you most looking forward to gaining from being an FE ambassador?

I want to expand my engineering network circle and learn about the different majors outside of my own through interaction with other major students and professors.

What would you say to someone who is thinking of applying to be an FE ambassador in the future? 

You are setting up a great foundation as a young engineer towards becoming a certified engineer. Many great and exciting opportunities await you in your desired field of interest.