Statement of Purpose Engineering
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My curiosity in the engineering stream took roots during my formative years as my family has been associated with this field for over two decades. My maternal grandfather retired as a Chief Engineer, my father is employed as Senior Foreman, Aramco and uncle, as an Executive Engineer. Their achievements in respective domains motivated me to pursue my career in a challenging field and persuaded me to study Mechanical engineering; the field of my choice at my under graduate level.
Sterling performance in my senior secondary exams (93.6% tenth grade and 80.2% twelfth grade) enabled me to pursue my studies at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, a premier institute ranked amongst the top ten in India. I selected to study at the Dubai campus of the institute as I felt that the global exposure that I would gain from there would be of immense importance to me. I completed the course B.E (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 and was awarded CGPA of 7.77/10. I now aspire to do Master’s Program in Industrial Engineering.
During my under graduate course, my firm grasp of basic sciences such as physics, mathematics, chemistry and mechanics etc. facilitated me immensely to appreciate fundamentals of variety of subjects covered in the curriculum. I gained knowledge in subjects like Fluid Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Production Techniques and Machine Design. I focused more on learning about Product Design, Manufacturing Engineering, and Design for Manufacturing, Fracture Mechanics, and Computer Aided Design. I learnt AUTO-CAD and PRO-E software. My under-graduate study has laid a strong base which will certainly help me understand and analyse the concepts involved in Industrial Engineering curriculum.
As my course progressed, I made the best use of the opportunities and training programs that I associated myself with. After completing my first year at college I got shortlisted for a consultancy project at IIT Bombay for conceptual design and CAD modelling of “Leaf Cutting Machine”. In sophomore year, I completed internships at Schlumberger, Saudi Arabia and at ABAN Offshore Drilling Ltd.Sharjah, UAE. In my third year I finished four weeks industrial project at ONGC Uran refinery, Mumbai.
In third year in college, I undertook design and modelling of “Non-Working Model of Stirling Engine” a project related to Production Techniques. Entire work was carried out in the college workshop by using in-house machines and tools. My final year project was Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) based wherein I demonstrated Micro mirrorusing CATIA software suite and analysed it for different parameters in COMSOL. A prototype was also made in the college workshop and a simulation was presented.
In my final semester, I undertook a six month practice project related to Engineering, Procurement and Construction of 4.75/4.2 MW Waste Heat Recovery Power Plant of Star Cement, U.A.E based on Kalina Cycle, second such project in the world in the cement industry. I successfully assisted in the estimation of consumables and manpower required for the project. I also associated myself with condition monitoring and vibration analysis of critical equipment of 7500 TPD Clinkerization unit. After graduation Star Cement conscripted me as Graduate Engineer Trainee (Technical) and during my tenure I executed four Kaizens related to cost cutting and systematic improvement in the power plant.
Apart from academic I was correspondingly interested and passionate about co-curricular activities. I directed a team of four and designed a Low Budget Remote Controlled Hovercraft using recyclable material and participated in TECHNOFEST 2011 (Working Model) event. I was A Runner Up in the Business Leadership Challenge 2012 held at BITS, Pilani. I participated in Business Process Simulation Workshop conducted by Prof. Dilbagh Singh Broca, XLRI Jamshedpur and an eminent author of 23 refereed papers.
The experience gained in Power Plant engineering project at Star Cement was exceptional in several ways. Working on Waste Heat Recovery Power Plant provided me with the opportunity to achieve hands on experience in domain of Optimization of Processes or Systems – how to minimize cost and maximize throughput. It acted as a catalyst for me to start thinking about the broader domain of Equipment Optimization, Operating Procedures and Control Optimization. Analysis of Plant layout and Material Handling System made me understand the essence of Supply Chain Management (SCM) and the necessity to plan and manage an efficient SCM system to support free movement and storage of raw materials, maintain optimum work-in-process inventory and dispatch of finished goods from point of origin to point of consumption. I was extremely thrilled by the experienced gained in the project and turn out to be more enthusiastic to further explore the dominion of Industrial Engineering.
The choice of Master’s Program is closely linked to my interest in the field along with emerging industrial scenario in India. The government of India through its policy and regulatory initiatives has embarked upon massive drive to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and make India a “Manufacturing hub” on global landscape. Pickup in FDI is already happening. Japan and China have recently announced investments to the tune of 35 billion USD and 20 billion USD respectively over a period of next five years. Fitch ratings in its September 2014 edition of Global Economic Outlook has stated that “India will be the only BRIC country where growth picks up in 2014 to 5.6% and accelerates further to 6.5% in 2015 and 2016, owing to an expected upgrading in the business environment”.
I contemplate the proverbial “If Winter comes, can spring be far behind?” holds worthy in the context. Intensification in investments is likely to spur industrial growth. Hence, I foresee an enormous scope in the field of Industrial engineering and challenge to grapple with for Indian industries, namely – to optimize scale, processes or systems, implement State of the art engineering tools and practices to achieve efficiency in usage of resources and global competitiveness on price front for the manufactured goods. The goal can be accomplished by implementation of operations research, optimization of complex processes or systems, equipment, energy, materials, logistics to name a few. I sensibly chose Master’s Program in Industrial Engineering as it will offer me the opportunity to equip myself to discover innovative solutions to challenging problems. On successful completion of the program I aspire to pursue my career as Consultant and desire to contribute meaningfully to industrial sector.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill said it all in just few a words about social responsibility. I am overwhelmed by the message. Social responsibility is a duty every individual must embrace and I am determined to uphold it in earnest.
The Master’s Program offered by University of Southern California will make an opportunity available to me to learn state of the art technologies, access vast pool of technical resources and gain from the experience of faculty which will enable me to accomplish my career goal. Consequently I am optimistic that I may be given admittance in your graduate school. I promise that I will struggle hard to complement the high criterions fixed by your institution, and accomplish the graduate program effectively, making decent recognitions, by giving my finest potential to this arena.