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- Sample SOP 1
I wish to pursue graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of XXXX having made the decision after a careful consideration of my academic credentials, research interests and career goals.
My undergraduate program in Petrochemical Engineering has acquainted me with the significance of heat transfer operations, chemical process calculations, applied thermodynamics, mass transfer operations, process optimization, numerical statistics and methods and transport phenomena for the chemical industry. The course in Chemical Reaction Engineering helped me develop my interests in reactor design and process modulation. The course in Transport Phenomena informed me about the methodologies of problem formulation, numerical simulation to solve the model, and interpret and analyse the results for conjugate flow and heat transfer problems. I opted to study nanotechnology, elements of fluidization and refinery process design. In my master’s I would like to take advanced courses in Process System Engineering, Energy and Sustainability and Biochemical Engineering.
Fast depletion of fossil fuels has accelerated the research in alternative and renewable sources of energy, its storage, and optimization of use of available non-renewable energy sources. Having understood catalysis as a fundamental element of the study of energy efficient technologies, taking up further studies in Green Catalysis and Sustainable Development would be ideal in this direction.
While studying the effect of temperature and magnetic field on the viscosity of crude oil, I was able to explain the reduction in viscosity for some samples and the absence of such changes in others. I found that the magnetic field had no effect on samples containing higher asphaltene, because the particles agglomerated with the resins to precipitate and thus the viscosity remained same, while significant reduction in viscosity were observed for paraffinic crude. The research is now focused on studying the behaviour of paraffinic crude while being treated with magnetic fields of varying intensities. The study has added much to my research skills.
In my final year, I designed and developed a plant manufacturing ethylene from ethane where I was able to apply my knowledge of Mass transfer, Chemical Reaction Engineering and Transport Phenomena. The work involved mass and energy balances, study and application of distillation, modelling of ethane cracker / acetylene converter using MATLAB and Aspen Simulation of Heat Integrated C2 Distillation Unit. This was a very good experience in applying the concept of holistic technology.
As a research intern at the Chemical Engineering and Process Development Department at the National Chemical Laboratories, Pune, I contributed to the designing and modelling of Vertical Thermosyphon Reboiler. Currently, we are working on the modelling and design of natural circulation reboiler. My review paper, “Mathematical Simulation for process analysis of Natural Circulation reboiler using MATLAB” won the first prize at a National level competition and is selected to be published in the annual CHEMCON magazine for the year 2014-15. This experience guides me to study process system engineering, more intensively.
I strived to be updated with the developments in chemical engineering by representing my institution in the Indian Chemical Society Journal Magazine. I attended national and international conferences and presented papers and case studies. My review paper on "Chemical Looping Combustion for Solid Wastes" has been selected for an oral presentation in CHEMCON 2014. I led a ten member team to the 6th Annual Petrotech Convention at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun where we made a presentation on “Role of R&D in the Oil and Gas Sector”. At this event, I won the first prize in the CHEM Quiz amongst four hundred participants. For the last three years I have been supervising the work of our departmental newsletter in the capacity of Editor in chief.
Based on my study of Salaya- Mathura pipeline, I made a presentation on “Energy Conservation across crude oil pipelines”. Using results obtained from the simulation run through COMSOL Multiphysics, we recommended an optimum insulation thickness for the pipeline, which won the award for the best case study at an event at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. Optimization of process plays a major role in its implementation and I plan to study this area more rigorously in my masters.
Visiting Reliance Industries Limited campus at Mumbai and Jamnagar made me realize the opportunities available for a process engineer. During my visit to the Indian Oil Corporation plant at Panipat I was able to learn about total automation of a plant and how the process could be monitored by a handful of operators monitoring the critical parameters on their computers.
I have topped the university in my field for the last three years and expect to continue the trend in my final year and later in my master’s as well. By doing a diploma in Project Management from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, I have attempted to enhance my skills in this domain. I have tried to help the debilitated, old and poor by being part of blood donation drives, AIDS awareness programs and other social initiatives under my NGO “Sanjeevan”. I am aware of the importance of good communication and management skills and have been in touch with ground realities while working towards my career goals.
Chemical Engineering at XXXX University is especially attractive to me as it emphasizes on problem-solving techniques in the learning of basic principles in chemical engineering science and process systems engineering. Also, as computing is integrated throughout the curriculum and extensive use is made of software for mathematical modelling and simulation in the department's Computational Laboratory, it would be fruitful to study in the department. I would like to work at the Rothfus Laboratory which features state-of-the-art experiments with applications in environment, product development, safety, computerized data acquisition and control, and look forward to be part of the program in fall 20XX.
- Sample SOP 2
I want to apply for a master’s program in chemical engineering at the University of XXXX to improve my skills in environmental friendly processes and innovative process controllers. I am aware of the hazards of toxic impurities in environment and the need for innovative techniques to reduce their impact. In future, I would like to work in the areas of recycling and reusing, producing the best from the waste, chemical and biochemical processes and nanotechnology applications and believe that the master's program can help me to acquire advanced skills in them.
My undergraduate program in chemical engineering acquainted me with Heat transfer, Process Calculation, Thermodynamics, Chemical Reaction Engineering and Process Dynamic and Control. I learnt methods of control, design of a reactor and its kinetics, transfer of heat and energy and combustion calculations. With this background I intend to study Advance Process Dynamics and Control, Energy and Environment, Heat Transfer and Biochemical Engineering in my master’s.
Having understood the advantages of using natural resources in chemical processes for reducing the impact on the environment, I began working for reducing toxicity of industrial effluents. I started with the use of Sonocatalytic and Photocatalytic technique for degradation of Rh6G dye effluent and wastewater. I found that presence of alcohol and radical scavengers reduced the degradation of the dye effluent. By applying chemical reaction engineering methods I was able to understand the mechanism of the catalyst and its loading. I used a combination of ultrasound and ultra violet rays for degradation of dye effluent and achieved a maximum degradation of 63.3% by using TiO2 as a solid catalyst. My research paper on “Soncatalytic and photocatalytic degradation of Rh6G containing wastewater” won the first prize at a national level competition and also got published in an international journal, Ultrasonic Sonochemistry-ELSEVIER (impact factor 4.516). This research and achievement motivate me to study this field more intensively.
To make waste water treatment cost effective, I investigated the intensification aspects for the solar-induced photocatalytic degradation. The process also focused on influence of varied volume, pH and concentration during the treatment. I was able to observe a maximum degradation of 96.5% under the optimum conditions for TiO2 catalyst. Again, my research paper on this work won a prize in a national level competition. I also published the work as “Removal of Rhodamine 6G from Wastewater using Solar Irradiations in the Presence of Different Additives” in the international journal of Desalination and Water Treatment, Taylor and Francis. The study enhanced my research skills in Mass Transfer and Chemical Reaction Engineering.
In my final year project, “Treatment of Industrial Effluent by Photocatalysis using Modified Reactor”, I concentrated on the design of the reactor which will proportionately increase the intensity of light. The reactor was internally coated with Borosilicate glass which has a very low coefficient of thermal expansion and can provide greater reflectivity. We then conducted a comparative study of the degradation using Aeration, UV and Solar Irradiation. This work also won a national level competition, and I published a paper on “Degradation of Patent Blue V dye using Modified Photocatalytic Reactor based on Solar and UV Irradiations” in Desalination and Water Treatment, Taylor and Francis. Having understood Catalysis and Reactor Design as a fundamental element of the study of energy efficient technologies, I was able to file two Indian patents on Development of a New Catalyst and Novel Waste Water Treatment under the guidance of Dr. XXXX (Scientist and Guide from ICT Mumbai). I intend to take up further studies in Chemical Reaction Engineering, Process Engineering and Heat Transfer.
After studying fuel cell technology and Nanotechnology, I prepared a review paper on Biomedical Approach of Nanomaterials for Drug Delivery, which was selected for presentation at JNU, Delhi and was also published in an International Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Case Study of Treatment of Wet Macula Degeneration of eye was the highlight of the work which won me a national level prize. I was also invited by ASM (American Society for Materials, Student Chapter Pune) for a technical lecture on my Study, which I was unable to accept due to my exam schedule. I intend to study drug delivery and nanotechnology more intensively in my master’s.
I worked on problem of Reckitt Benckiser which involved low temperature dissolution of grease as part of the competition for developing an innovative solution for a given industrial problem within 72 hours and won first prize for the work. I was also selected by IIT, Mumbai for participating in the competition of chemical disaster investigation which enabled me to investigate a disaster in a chemical industry. At IIT, Bombay, I met one of the best Chemical Engineers in India, Dr. XXXX, a Padmabhushan and Padmavibhushan (Top Honors given by the Indian Government) for his contribution in Chemical Engineering field, and this meeting also inspired me to pursue advanced studies and research in Process Control and Dynamics. After the completion of my degree with a first class and distinction, I started preparing for my Masters in India and decided to appear for GATE Examination. Simultaneously I taught courses in Heat Transfer and Mathematics at an Engineering College for about 9 months. In this period I underwent the trauma of not being able to perform to the best of my abilities in the GATE exams due to a severe eye infection. Having recouped since then, I concentrated on applying for an MS.
I have found the graduate curriculum of the University of XXXX to be ideal for my purposes. It would be a great opportunity to study under the guidance of Professor XXXX and Professor XXXX whose work emphasize on drug delivery, regenerative medicines, sustainable energy, reactor design and nanomaterial multiscale modeling. Keeping in mind my long term career goals, my immediate objective is to pursue my MS and enhance my skills at your esteemed university.
- Sample SOP 1
Development of a strong infrastructure is a necessity for any nation and in the background of the current liberalization policies of the government, all round developments are happening in this sector in India. This offers vast opportunities for career development in the field of road infrastructure and transportation engineering & systems development industry among others. As a student of civil engineering, the sheer necessity of specialization in this field and the need to improve the rudimentary methods and systems to adjust to the present requirements interest me. I would like to gain greater skills in Transportation and Highway Engineering & Advanced Transportation Engineering through a graduate program.
Transportation Systems demand an in depth understanding of pavement designing and other techniques using statistical methods to provide efficient solutions for traffic problems. I find [University of Utah] a good place to pursue such learning. I am therefore interested in the courses in Highway Engineering, Intelligent Transport Systems, Statistical Methods and Transportation Planning offered by your Master of Science program. Companies such as AECOM, ICA, AFCONS, Gammon India and American Infrastructure are well established in the field of transportation. Learning in your university will help me increase my competency and skills required to secure a promising career in any of these companies.
Retrospectively speaking, my interests in transportation engineering originated during the third year of my undergraduate program. While looking for a suitable topic for a seminar, I came across the Technology of Tilting Trains. The application of this technology in bullet trains and the cost-saving achieved, fascinated me. My presentation won the ‘Most Innovative Topic’ award in the seminar. In my presentation, I discussed the necessity of this technology, mechanisms and calculations, history, the machinery, drawbacks and countermeasures. At an advanced stage in my career I would be glad to contribute to further developments in this field.
During the final year of the bachelor’s degree, the core course in Transportation Engineering further enhanced my interest in the field. It covered the subjects of Railway Engineering, Traffic Engineering, Road Classification, Highway Alignment, Geometric Design, Highway Materials, Airport Planning, Runways and Bridge Engineering. My elective course in Advanced Transportation Engineering focused on Pavement Construction, Traffic Systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Transport Economics.
Tunnels are an important part of road infrastructure. Tunnels are also built for other purposes such as transportation of water, minerals etc. Underground tunnels carrying water ensure undisturbed and continuous flow. The Jeur Irrigation Underground Hard-Rock Tunnel in my neighboring district was proposed to be built to connect a straight distance of 27 kilometers from the reservoir of Ujjani dam to stream of Sina River. I chose to conduct a case study on this tunnel as my final year project. The project comprised of learning of conventional techniques of tunneling and comparing them with practical methods used in construction of this particular tunnel.
The design of the cross-section of this tunnel was suggested to be segmental arch. But after careful calculations by contractors, it was proposed and approved to be built in a semicircular arch. Besides increasing discharge, this design contributed to the stability of the tunnel. For excavation, Drill & Blast technique was used alternately with Heading & Benching technique. Invert Concrete Lining on the base of the tunnel was planned to prevent erosion due to continuous flow of water. Also, the 8 shafts that were constructed to reach the underground level for constructing tunnel were left intact with concreting at mouth of each. They were covered with high-tensile steel nets and fitted with pumps to provide water to nearby area of 2 kilometers. Even though the methods used for construction were beneficial, the pace of the work itself could have been accelerated. A combination of a coffer dam to prevent the water from entering the tunnel during tunneling and a use of Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) could have accelerated the pace of construction. Also, after drilling with the machine, enough space at the floor could have been available to form a base of concrete keeping the semicircular arch design as per proposal.
I have acquired a good knowledge of on-field procedures by pursuing a field training program in my second year of bachelor’s degree. It included site visits to infrastructure projects, residential projects and product-testing laboratories in the district. Additionally, I attended interactive lectures conducted by executives, engineers and emeritus professors. These helped me gain a profound knowledge regarding high-rise construction, road construction, environmental engineering, aesthetic importance, hydraulic structures etc.
Throughout the undergraduate education, I focused on my long term goals in civil engineering. I have assimilated good skills in AutoCAD 2D & 3D and MS Project. I have acquired strong fundamentals which will support my future academic pursuits. Though I lost a year in the program due to a backlog in one of the courses, I worked hard to clear the same and passed my final year with a first class and an aggregate higher second class in the undergraduate degree. So far I have performed well in my studies and expect to do better in my master’s. Given an opportunity, I will prove to be a worthy alumnus and will try to be an asset to the University of XXXX. I find the ongoing research at your university on ultra-thin whitetopping, GIS-based infrastructure asset management etc. in the Transportation Engineering Department very much appealing to my interests and would be glad to be part of it. Studying at [University of Utah] will help me become a competent civil engineer and to achieve my goals in the field of Transportation Engineering.
- Sample SOP 2 (Construction Management)
It is my firm belief that to be successful in the world of Civil Engineering, technology has to be complemented with management. In my four years of undergraduate program, I studied a number of courses which concentrated on the technology of Civil Engineering. I am currently working as a Planning Engineer with XXXX company, majors in Industrial Construction and have become acutely aware of the importance of efficient management in Construction industry. Now, I look to gain better skills in this field through a master’s program.
I have volunteered to work for a non-profit organization- ‘Hirwai’ (Green World), which works towards tree plantation, rural development, rain-water harvesting and promoting education for the poor. Lodhawade, a village where my organization, Hirwai worked for a year and secured the 1st prize in the state as an overall developed village, still faces acute shortage of water due to poor infrastructure, resulting in regular migration of local populace. Absence of Construction management and economic solutions to build irrigation canals and other civil structures is evident in the said area. My interest lies in taking up the case with appropriate authorities of the government and propose a solution in totality, and hence allow Civil engineering, to enhance the lives of the people in need. I wish to take lessons from your university to achieve my goal.
Having been posted in the planning department of (my company), I worked on a construction project of an industrial building for a Polish company manufacturing glass bottles. The building housed two huge furnaces for melting the glass. This contract required about 31000m3 of concrete, 3300 tons of steel with an estimated shuttering of 70,000m2. In this project I participated right through the foundation excavation to the complete handover of the building. This project called for intensive planning and management since the project had to be completed in record time of 9 months. It provided me with valuable insights into planning, execution and progress tracking. I learnt about scheduling, monitoring, procurement of critical items, adhering to standards, meeting various statutory and environmental requirements and coordination of construction activities.
Participation in seminars, paper presentations, review papers and case studies helped me stay updated with technical innovations in construction. The various topics of study involved ‘Green Buildings and Sustainable Development’, ‘Use of Rice Husk Ash as a potential supplement to cement in concrete’, ‘Use of Bagasse Ash as a supplementary cementitious material’, ‘Rusting of structural steel: Causes and Prevention’, ‘Use of Waterless Urinals for Sustainable Development’ and ‘Climatic Change and its Mitigation using the Concept of Carbon Credits’. I presented these papers at 17 National/State level competitions/seminars and won the 1st prize in nine of them.
After a comprehensive selection process at the national level, I was privileged to be a part of a one month technical Summer Camp at IIT Kanpur, a premier technology institute in India. As part of the program, we visited the construction site of the ‘Commonwealth Games Stadium’, ‘Commonwealth Village’ and the ‘Bridge’, which joined the stadium and the village. Construction of these projects was running behind schedule. As the construction had to be fast-tracked, pre-cast structural elements were used instead of cast in-situ methods. Interacting with the site Engineer In-Charge, I learnt how crucial, skillful and scientific a task it was to schedule, coordinate, execute and ensure timely completion of work. This experience encouraged me to learn more about the process of management in relation to construction activities.
My senior year project titled ‘Manufacture of Fired Clay Bricks using Water Treatment Plant Sludge’ was aimed to find an alternative for traditional raw materials in brick manufacturing. We tried out three different combinations of sand, clay (the traditional raw material) and sludge; and further burnt every such combination at different temperatures. A specific combination of sand, clay and sludge was found that provided better compressive strength. The study offers enhancement in the strength of bricks at lower cost along with a scope for better management of urban waste. PERT/CPM was efficiently used to schedule, regulate and revise the activities of the project.
In an independent endeavor, I executed a project on ‘Earned Value Management for Project Performance Measurement, using MS-Project’. The objective was to use Earned Value Management for the on-going construction of the administrative building of a Textile Mill, to achieve scheduling, budgeting and monitoring. The work involved collection and study of project data, development of Work Breakdown Structure for the construction activities, feeding of data and resource allocation for each activity. The project helped to predict cost variance, schedule variance and cash flow statement for the construction of the building. It also helped me learn the use of software like MS-Project & AutoCAD.
As the President, Civil Engineering Students Organization (CESA), I raised the magnitude of the technical symposium organized at our college from State, to National Level with a record 60% increase in participants. I was instrumental in building small check dams for irrigation in a village. As the Head of Training & Placement cell of my college and Chief-Coordinator of the Convocation Ceremony (2011) and Alumni Meet (2012), I ensured successful conduct of all activities. Through these engagements I leaned the value of strong management and interpersonal skills.
The advanced academic resources and excellent course structure in Construction Engineering and Management at the North Carolina State University appeals to me. I am keen to be a part of the ongoing research projects on Performance and Productivity improvement for Construction Projects, especially ‘Using Simulation to explore the investment in Planning by Project Teams’ under the guidance of Assistant Professor Min Liu. It would, therefore, be a privilege to secure admission at your esteemed university to pursue my graduate studies. I am confident that I possess the qualities necessary to meet your high standards and assure you to work with dedication towards achieving my academic goals.
- Sample SOP 1
Some of the most complex problems in Computer Science have to do with handling large mass of data since computing capacities are unable to keep pace with the demands for more and more intensive computing tasks. Advances in computing are, perhaps, one way to tackle these problems. The problems arise in diverse fields such as studying the universe, weather forecast modeling, artificial intelligence, strategic defense initiatives and genomic studies. The sheer breadth of fields and the complexity of problems, where High Performance Computing (HPC) can help, interest me as a student of computer science. An early awareness of the Computer Science's role in solving these and the courses in Advanced Computer Architecture and Operating systems in the final year have led to my interest in HPC.
HPC demands an in depth understanding of computer science concepts and techniques to provide efficient solutions. I find XXXX University a good place to pursue such learning. I am therefore interested in the courses in Computer Architecture, Scientific Computing, and High Performance Computing in the MSCS program at GATECH. Another reason why I would like to pursue these courses at GATECH is the substantive research in these areas in the specialized centers - ARC, CERC, Institute for Data and High Performance Computing as I see from some of the interesting faculty publications eg. those of Rich Vuduc et al.
My interests in these developed during my undergraduate course work, activities and projects. One of the earliest was my lab work on RDBMS and Visual Basic Programming in which I worked on a war based strategy game similar in concept to the popular 'Drug Lord' and the more recent 'Mafia wars'. I designed a game that met the objective of handling a database and learnt how to develop an algorithm for a strategy game. The basic algorithm was to calculate players' offence and defense strengths on various parameters. Based on ranks playing tribes received they were cast worthy of attacking the player while he devices strategies to ward these off. In retrospect, I see ways in which the game plan could have been better in terms of complexity and graphics - multiplayer capability, improving the team ranking algorithms by including more parameters, accommodate players' history and identify playing patterns to design computer v/s player attacks. Working on this project introduced me to AI, problem solving, critical analysis, decision making and the nuances in design and analysis of algorithms.
My interest in software modeling and design, architecture, DBMS and programming led me to develop a web based intuitive administrative GUI for TIBCO's Enterprise Messaging System in my final year. It was a specific requirement of G&K Services, Minnesota since interfaces provided by TIBCO lacked a few vital functionalities. They wanted a web based tool to easily manage TIBCO EMS servers across their various development environments. This task was the first exposure to a fairly complex architecture and I had to figure out the best way to model a solution that would seamlessly integrate into their framework. We decided to use Ruby on rails (ROR) for the web development and it turned out to be quite interesting to master Ruby on rails and then unravel the mystery of using Java and Ruby together. Choosing ROR instead of J2EE was easy once we discovered the manifold benefits Rails provided. In other languages we would have had to select various naming conventions, define file structures, write configuration scripts but Rails relies on convention over configuration and simplifies lot of coding saving time and effort. By taking away mundane configuration tasks it enabled us to focus more on the business logic and performance issues. The tool had to synchronize with around 50 TIBCO servers in production across USA and Canada receiving a massive load of information every minute; and we needed that time to analyze ways in which this could be done. This project was a gratifying experience in terms of programming, modeling a system into the solution domain and integrating seemingly disparate technologies JMS, JRuby and Ruby on Rails. It helped me understand the pros and cons of working on a solution and choosing the best after careful study, observations and experience. Actually, here I reached a point in my work where I felt the need for further study on such problems like synchronization, databases and middleware etc.
I have an outstanding academic record securing the first rank in the university in the first year and places within the top ten in the third and fourth years. In the national GATE in Computer Science (2011), I was placed in the top 1% among nearly 150,000 students.
As a Programmer Analyst at Cognizant Technology Solutions I am working in the Banking and Finance domain to assist in developing and maintaining a system that handles daily business transactions of a bank. The job has helped to learn about Mainframes and system security, distributed architecture, scalability and massive data handling. It was particularly interesting to contrast it with supercomputing which, unlike mainframes, performs complex operations in addition to handling massive data. I learnt here that the core of any business is a huge store of data and the depth of simulation, analysis and computation enables better decisions.
In a white paper presentation at Cognizant on Cloud Computing in Banking I explored how high performance computing could move to the cloud. Arguably, high performance computing without the overhead of virtualization needs direct access to underlying hardware. Yet it can move to clusters to utilize the environment like massive fleet of servers during computation cycles with added cost benefits, which clouds provide. The research scope for this is promising.
I have often tried to explore beyond the textbooks contents. I am interested in how people translate their ideas into a scientific fact. Such understanding should help me to take up a significant problem in my prospective doctoral education and a career in research and, perhaps, teaching. Studying at computing department of XXXX University should help in achieving these goals.
- Sample SOP 1
My interest in computer hardware and systems stems from the desire to understand how software applications like video gaming are mapped to semiconductor physics. The specific streamlining towards the field developed gradually. In school, I enjoyed studying science and participated in Olympiads, received the distinction in the Australian national chemistry quiz, etc. Later, in grades XI and XII I could appreciate the many abstraction levels between the computer software applications and the physics of such devices. Shortly, my career goals took concrete shape, and I secured admission for a bachelor’s course in electronics engineering. In the senior year, I was offered a job in XXXX Ltd., Pune. However, I have decided on further studies leading to research. My eventual goal is to learn and share my knowledge as a professor/research professional in my chosen area. The USA, being the cradle of all the pioneering research in the semiconductor field, is my preferred destination for higher studies.
Currently, as a senior year student I have read subjects like ‘Semiconductor devices and physics',’Digital electronics’, ‘Digital integrated circuits’ , ‘Configurable and reconfigurable computing’ , ‘Mixed-signal VLSI design’ and ‘Computer architecture and operating systems’ in all of which I have secured the highest grade awarded viz. ‘AA’.
As my full-fledged project, in my junior year, I (in a team of 4) started with ‘Image Denoising and Compression using VLSI Architectures’ to (or “intending to”) exploiting the pipelining concept of VLSI architecture to implement image processing algorithm. FPGA's can provide efficient hardware architectures to implement image processing techniques - at an affordable price with a facility to modify the hardware architectures. The project is divided into two modules: 1. Implementation of the median filter to denoise medical images in VHDL. We have implemented the basic stages such as reading and writing the data values and sorting and finding the median value in a pipelined fashion. FSM was employed to reduce time complexity as well as memory requirement. Our research article based on the above titled ‘Finite State Machine Based VHDL Implementation of MedianFilter’ was published in 'International Journal of Computer Applications'. Volume 97 Issue 15. I am the 1st author. (http://www.XXXX) 2. The ongoing work comprises JPEG 2000 image compression using VHDL. We have implemented the algorithm using the integer wavelet to compress the image by removing the spatial redundancy. To process image on FPGA, we have developed a memory controller who handled the image data. The curriculum included some minor projects 1. Two station intercom 2. Design of a Generic Bit ALU using HDL 3. Versatile object counter 4. FSM-Based FPGA Implementation of Median Filter Engaging in such projects motivated me to manifest my theoretical knowledge into practical terms. The first and second project introduced me to the domain of electronic circuit design, while my first brush with VHDL was with my third project.
For my third year seminar on ‘Wireless Power Transfer and its Application to Body Sensor Networks,’ I investigated the concept of wireless electricity using resonant inductive coupling that could deliver power with an efficiency of around 85-90%. I also explored other techniques for such power transmission. I studied the various body sensor networks which used wireless electricity and identified resonator designs such as the planar resonator which provided high efficiency as well as the facility of being easily implantable on a person’s clothing.
To get a ‘feel’ of how classroom learning translated into the real world, for 2 months’ in 2013 I interned at Siemens Ltd., a power electronics company where I executed a project for - ‘Natural cooled coach converter’. I was assigned to design a PWM circuit to ensure the soft start of the converter. I tested the converter module in the harsh environment in the industry laboratory. My study covered FPGA-based system called Digital axle counter, used globally in railways safety systems. At Siemens, for the first time, I saw how a product is customised to the Indian standards and observed how various modules are merged to develop the final product.
The second training was in December 2013 at XXXX Ltd., Nasik. For 1 month at their PCC LP capacitor section, I studied how capacitors were produced and the stages needed to build the product. I was fortunate to see a Clean Room Manufacturing process which motivated me to work towards a device manufacturing field specifically the EDA industry.
Concurrent to my undergraduate program, I have enrolled for a 5 semester ‘VLSI Design’ honours course conducted by my college wherein I came to know about the challenges of design and verification of complex digital and analogue VLSI circuits and studied various CAD tools. Topics like ‘fabrication process', ‘solid state devices', ' high-level verification ', and ‘mixed signal VLSI design’ have all added to my knowledge base. As a program requirement, I have also completed a project ‘Spice Modelling of N-stage Ring Oscillator’ for which the concepts of sub-circuits were used to achieve any stage of the ring oscillator. I became conversant with the device level languages like Ngspice as well as verification languages like System Verilog.
I have excelled in academics at every step of my education. Throughout my schooling, more often than not, I topped my class of 90. In the grade XII state board examinations, because I stood among the first 0.1% in college, I was offered a merit base scholarship to pursue basic sciences. Even at the bachelor’s level, for two years I stood 1st in my department (111 students).
My academics are well complemented by my engagement in extracurricular activities. I am a member of the robotics forum. In my role as a college cultural team member, I have been involved in several activities. For instance, I was instrumental in suggesting innovative ideas for our intercollegiate drama. A lot of brainstorming later, many of my ideas were incorporated into the final event. Participating in such activities has improved my social skills.
At this stage, I wish to take my technical expertise to another level through higher studies. After going through your website, I have seen that it offers courses in XXXX, XXXX and XXXX which match my requirements. Hence I wish to pursue a M.S. program in electrical engineering at University of XXXX. I look forward to being a part this educational family.
- Sample SOP 2
At the undergraduate program in electrical engineering, I realised how evolving technology, automation and control systems had become an integral part of today’s industry be it the manufacturing of automobiles or irrigation systems for agriculture or domestic appliances. Through the 4-year program, I have got an introduction to the different areas in the field such as ‘control systems’, ‘microprocessor and microcontroller’, ‘electrical machine design’ and ‘power electronics’. A master’s program will help me further my learning and equip me with a skill set to pursue research that will keep pace with the changing industry demands. I am specifically interested in the field of automation and control systems.
The undergraduate program has laid a strong foundation for higher studies through theory courses, laboratory assignments, projects, and internships. In the senior year, 3 classmates and I carried out a full-fledged project on ‘Design and Implementation of 5-level Diode-Clamped Inverter’. We started by conducting MATLAB based simulations for both the triggering as well as power circuits and designed the most suitable for our purpose. After completing the simulations, Fourier analysis was carried out for Root Mean Square (R.M.S.) voltage and percentage harmonics. The next stage was identifying the right value of the components. It involved solving complex electronic circuit and identifying parameters of each component. The inverter was a 3-phase circuit capable of supplying power to a 240V, 6A motor. After the successful building of the circuit the triggering pulses were given to the IGBTs and the inverter, and then power was supplied to the motor. The readings postulated during simulations were then compared with the actual readings and efficiency was determined. When pure sine wave was utilised the efficiency was 100% whereas when inverter wave was used the efficiency reduced to 40%. It was found that with an increase in the number of levels of diodes the efficiency would increase steadily, but we concluded that increasing the number of levels would be too expensive to be of any practical use. My efforts fetched me a score of 135/150, which placed me in the top 5 in a class of 75.
As part of the curriculum, I completed 2 minor projects viz.: 1. ‘A Robotic Arm’ - it consisted of 2 handles to lift objects to the desired height. The arm could rotate through 180o as also flex its appendages. I learned the C++ logic especially for the project and also how to change the logic according to needs. 2. ‘Line Follower Robot’ - the robot was built using a simple circuit and two sets of motors. It was programmed to follow a path with curves, turns, etc. Later, it was also programmed using 8051 microcontroller so that it could be operated using a cellphone. In the winter of 2013, for about 2 months, I also helped one of my professors in his PhD work on building carbon based super capacitors. Carbon Nano tubes were used to build such capacitors. The manufactured capacitors were in the range of 1 to 10 Farads. I was assigned to find the loss tan delta of such capacitors. The basic formula C=QV was used to calculate the capacitance. The discharging voltage of capacitor was plotted against time. The voltage so obtained - the decay voltage - was used in the above equation (Q known).
In the final year, as a hobby project, I built a Van de Graff generator using rubber bands and 2 Teflon coated rollers. It could produce high voltage using static electricity on one of the domes. The voltage produced was so high that discharged sparks could be seen by the naked eye. It could also be used to find the breaking tension of air. My work was kept in the department laboratory for students to observe.
Further, to add to my learning, I availed of 2 internships of 1 week each: 1. At XXXX Capacitors Limited, Pune, manufacturers of low and high tension capacitors, and surge capacitors I observed how the capacitors are manufactured from start to finish. I also conducted quality checks on manufactured capacitors through tests such as Type test, routine test, acceptance test, a test of capacitance, voltage test between terminals, AC voltage test between the terminal and the tank, and sealing test. 2. At Koyna Hydroelectric Power Plant, Chiplun, I saw how the plant operated, right from its reservoir to its transmission system. I also observed and understood the back lake tapping process and Gas Insulated System (GIS) for protection.
As a curricular activity, I presented a poster on ‘Electrical and Mechanical Aspect of Motor Selection in Electric Vehicles: A Review’ at a national conference on ‘Advances in Electronics and its Interdisciplinary Applications’ hosted by Fergusson College, Pune. A paper based on the same was published at the conference. I am the 3rd author (random order).
I have presented one IEEE paper at an International Conference at Tamil Nadu.
Overall, academically, I have done well. Throughout the 10 years of primary and secondary school, I was among the top 10 in a class of 55. I passed the bachelor’s program with 1st class.
I enthusiastically participated in extracurricular activities too. I enjoyed debating and stood 1st in a debate competition in grade X. Sports are a passion; in 2007 I represented my district for ring tennis.
Now, I need to take my knowledge to a higher level via a master’s at the XXXX university. Having gone through your website, I find that your courses in XXXX, XXXX and XXXX suit my requirements perfectly. Therefore, I hope to join your university in the fall of 20XX with RA/TA, if possible.
Management Information Systems
- Sample SOP 1
My five years of learning, which include Bachelor’s degree in computer science and MBA in computer management, helped me to gain technical as well as business knowledge. My work experience in the technical and corporate sector added further to these skills. The next logical step is to get a degree in MIS which will allow me to focus on Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, and data analytics, which are my areas of interest. I believe that MIS degree from an international institution would help me gain in-depth knowledge which would help me in pursuing a successful career in research in these areas of study.
During my bachelor’s degree in computer science, I learned computer languages like C, C++, Data Structures, Java, PHP, RDBMS, etc. I also learned the basics of software engineering and project management. The knowledge of Object Oriented Programming, UML, and Database Management System, helped me in my second-year project where I designed a system for Irrigation - Rotational Water supply system. The project was limited to documentation only, so we analyzed the system and prepared various diagrams like Entity Relationship Diagram and Data Flow Diagram for designing and documentation of the system. To understand the implementation stage of a system, we developed a social networking website as our final year project using Linux platform and Java language. The front end of the system was designed using HTML, while the back end was designed using PSQL. We used JSP for coding the system, JDBC for database connectivity and UML diagrams to document the requirements.
My excellent scores in academics secured me a job through campus placements in Cognizant Technology Solutions as a programmer trainee. I received training in manual testing and basic automation testing and was then assigned a data warehouse testing project under BFSI vertical. As part of this project, we carried out testing on the data of an international bank. For this project, I used testing applications such as Oracle for database testing and HP Quality Center for defect tracking. I also required a working knowledge of the project analysis stage and the software development phase of the project as it helped me understand the client requirements better. It was during this period that I realized the usefulness of the application and the ease of access to data that data warehousing provides to the end client. For instance, we used massive test data that the client had provided us with to generate multiple reports, account statements, etc. These experiences helped me recognize the need of our work in relation to real-time business strategic decisions among other things. That is when I realized that having just technical knowledge is not enough and decided to take a step further in my career to pursue MBA.
During my MBA in computer management, I gained a basic knowledge of all the functions of an organization such as Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management and Management Information Systems and also studied their relationship with one another. Of these, in MIS, one of the subjects that highly interested me, I studied concepts like Decision Support Systems (DSS), Executive Support Systems, Data Warehousing and Data Mining. I also obtained detailed knowledge of software engineering, software project management, VB and Oracle, Business applications of computers and ERP. ERP taught me how MIS is implemented on the organizational level through modules such as CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and SCM (Supply Chain Management), which further increased my interest in MIS. As part of our research project, we studied Preference of Mutual Funds as an Investment vehicle. We conducted research through surveys and questionnaires and then analyzed this data to reach a conclusion. This experience made me curious to know even more about data analysis and user experience.
During my MBA, I got an opportunity to work as an intern business analyst at Rieter India Pvt. Ltd where I designed Human Resource Management System that gave me further exposure to the analysis and design that is carried out practically in an organization and made me realize its importance for the organization. While designing the system, the major focus was on designing reports which would produce accurate data in less time and which would help the organization in decision making.
My education and experience have motivated me to study data analytics in detail, and I believe that pursuing an MS in MIS would help me in understanding Big Data Analytics, Business intelligence and data analytics and other related fields. My goal is to be a part of latest research and development work going on in this field and gain deep insights into the working of real organizations. I am interested in I am interested in the courses your university offers in Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, System Analysis and Design and Data Analytics. Thus XXXX University, with the help of the expert faculty members such as XXXX and the excellent research and infrastructural facilities, will help me achieve my goals. I look forward to being a part of your graduate program beginning in Fall 20XX.
- Sample SOP 2
I believe that a Master’s program in Management Information System will help me to develop strong analytic, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It will also provide me with a deep understanding of professional and business responsibilities related to Information Systems. This course will teach me the way to overcome unique challenges binding these two fields – Technology and Business, thus creating a professional who can analyze various hidden patterns in a database, enabling organizations to take well-informed decisions.
While my under-graduation course in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering has created a strong foundation in both hardware and software aspects of the computer technology, with each project, I developed a keen interest in software programming. Thus, after completing my Bachelor’s Degree, I chose to work with Accenture when I was offered a job through our college campus placement drive, which exposed me to the fast growing IT industry. After my training in .Net technology, we worked on case studies. In one of these, we had to develop a web page for a company containing various data fields of all its employees, which created a large database. This web page was to be designed using MVC (Model View Control) Architecture. This large employee database was difficult to manage as a single mistake would cause the entire database to get distorted or deleted. Thus I realized the importance of data management and the crucial role it plays in creating efficient solutions and felt the need to pursue my higher education in a field where I will be able to learn about both, technology and management, leading to a Master’s degree in Management Information System.
My Final Year Project involved Home Automation System using Raspberry Pi that allows users to control the functioning of their electrical appliances through a mobile application. To execute this project, Raspberry Pi Model B (Rpi) was used as our microcontroller. The model B consisted of ARM 11 architecture and based on Broadcom BCM2835 chip also consisting with Ethernet that provided a Wi-Fi connection. The slave circuitry consisted of PIR (Passive Infrared) Motion Sensor. The motion sensor was typically used to sense human movement and accordingly switch the appliances ON or OFF. Mobile phones were used to operate the system wirelessly which were primarily connected to the Wi-Fi connection established. Mobile application, Telegram, was used for the purpose of transmission and reception of messages. As the user sends messages to switch “ON” a light via mobile, the selected light is switched on, and a message is sent back to the user that task is completed. The Same procedure is followed when the light has to be switched off. In the case of the motion sensor, when motion is sensed a notification is sent to the user, and thus the user is alerted. Python and Linux Operating System was used for coding of sensors and LEDs. Web Server application was developed to maintain the status of LEDs using HTML. Since the system developed was wireless, it made the entire system handy and easy for the users to operate. It also had a wide range of application, i.e. not only in the household but also in industry and office spaces. This project strengthened my analytical and problem-solving skills and enhanced my knowledge of the implementation of the platforms and languages used. In the third year, our team made a project on Traffic Light Prioritization for Emergency Services. The primary objective of the project was to create a freeway for emergency vehicles by interrupting the normal operation of a traffic light. The interruption was obtained using a Trans receiver chip. We did the coding in C language and used ATmega16 microcontroller and for transmission and reception of data we used Holtek Integrated Circuit.
Although being a successful Professional is almost every student’s dream, it is also important to deliver consistent performance. Throughout my school life, I have always secured straight A’s. Although I faced a couple of hurdles in the 2nd year of my engineering, it did not stop me from getting back on track and securing distinction in my Final Year. During my Bachelor’s Degree course, I have attended several optional courses to enhance my knowledge. For instance, I attended a workshop on MSP-430 Launch Pad organized Trident Tech Labs, authorized partners of Texas Instruments, and another one on ‘Making a Real Time Device Driver’ organized by Techtonic, which gave me hands on experience in C programming and Linux Operating System. Along with this, a Six Sigma Yellow Belt workshop in IIT Bombay introduced me to the world of quality in the field of management.
I have also been a State Level Chess player in school, where I secured the 16th rank in Maharashtra, India. I am also a founder member of Happy Feet Nature Club, through which we arranged several treks and environment conservation activities for undergraduate students. I have also helped organize Blood Donation Camps in our college, and each of these activities helped me learn about both leadership and teamwork.
I would like to pursue my MS from XXXX University because of its unconventional and exciting course structure, blending the best aspects of technology and management to lead organizations with an innovative approach that will allow my potential to grow unfettered. Through this program, I wish to gain exposure to subjects that will help me to effectively design development strategies and gain a broad perspective essential for growth in my managerial career. The keen focus on corporate projects will enable me to put my knowledge into practice as well as to develop professional contacts for future employment in the world marketplace.
- Sample SOP 1
My bachelor’s degree introduced me to various theories and practical concepts while my internship and my experience in BAJA along with my industrial project led me to expand my knowledge of design and manufacturing. I believe that a master’s degree will give me the in-depth knowledge required to gain expertise in my field and gain practical experience. After a few years of working in the field, I plan to set up my manufacturing unit in India that would manufacture mechanical components.
My interest in the field of mechanical engineering developed in my first year when I attended a robotics workshop that taught the basics of line tracer robots. I then volunteered to participate in another workshop on two wheeler repairing and maintenance to gain further hands-on knowledge of the concepts of mechanical engineering.
During my four-week internship at Unde Ancillaries & tooling, I understood the core concepts of gear manufacturing and working of a CNC lathe machine, and realized the importance of automated machines in design and manufacturing. After finishing my first internship, I was still eager to learn about design and manufacturing. Hence, I did another four-week internship at Unde Autotech in my 3rd year, where I understood how armature shafts, required in a bike starter mechanism, are manufactured as well as the working of a different set of machines which included CNC broaching machine. This internship helped me understand manufacturing of gears in a medium scale industry and its technical and management aspects. These experiences made me realize the need for hands-on experience to deepen my knowledge, which I believe a Master’s degree will provide.
One of my biggest achievements in college was being chosen to be a part of the 25-member College BAJA team among 150 students. This competition organized by SAE-India has over 400 teams across India competing to design and manufacture an all-terrain vehicle. At the technical end, I was responsible for designing and manufacturing the braking subsystem, an important aspect and a checkpoint in clearing the competition. The precise and accurate designing of brakes plays a vital role in the overall performance of the vehicle, both in qualifiers and endurance tests and my mathematical skills helped me perform these tedious calculations for braking with great ease. Further, based on my market knowledge, I was responsible for surveying the various components required for braking for which I researched the different types of rotors, calipers available in the market and performed various calculations about the stopping distance, braking torque, deceleration and other factors before finalizing the system. While working on the designing and analysis of the vehicle, I was able to master software such as Solidworks, Ansys, and Pro-e and perform various manufacturing processes such as welding, and machining. Further, I realized the importance of accurate design and material selection of a vehicle on its overall performance. Additionally, based on my communication and negotiation skills, I was made responsible for the sponsorship department of the team. All these experiences have helped me grow as a person and honed my technical and interpersonal skills. The vehicle successfully cleared the brake tests and further achieved 32nd rank among the 125 colleges which qualified for the race.
Having studied various core subjects such as mechanics, the strength of materials, the theory of machines, metrology and quality control, I was curious about its application in the real world. Thus I applied for an industrial project at Bharat Forge, an Indian multinational company which specializes in forging and metal forming. The aim of our project is to reduce the cycle time of manufacturing a knuckle on the assembly line and designing a setup, which works only on mechanical energy to transport the heavy knuckle from one manufacturing process to another. The alternates were converting the gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy. This required a vast network of complex linkages and drive trains according to our first proposed mechanism. A major problem faced was the size and weight of the mechanism due to the heavy components used. The project is still in its intermediate stages. While working on this project, I have further developed an interest in the field of designing and manufacturing. I am sure that gaining a deeper knowledge and being able to access hi-tech laboratories for testing and analysis such as those at your university will enable me to fulfill my passions successfully.
For the required seminar, I presented a study on Scramjet engine, a supersonic combustion engine that helps in the combustion of air at supersonic velocities. For this seminar, I researched the advancements in the field of mechanical engineering and was fascinated with how small changes in engine design such as repositioning of nozzles could have such significant effect on the engine performance like an increase in propulsion, thrust, and power generated. This further inspired me to gain even deeper knowledge in this field, as I wanted to learn more about advance designing of conventional and non-conventional engines. This has helped me widen my horizons over the different types of engines.
Parallel to my studies, I was part of the organizing committee of the inter-college event DYNAMECH with responsibility for marketing and publicity for the event. I was also on the winning team of the inter-departmental football competition. These events have helped me further enhance my leadership skills and communication skills.
However, my internship and my industrial project left many questions unanswered. For instance, I would like to know how piston rods are manufactured with such precision and designed with such low tolerances or why convoluted gears find such limited applications or even what other mechanisms can be used for transmission without the use of gears so that losses, as well as noise, can be reduced. I believe that the research areas and courses offered at your university will help me answer many questions and create the strong foundation necessary to pursue my long term goals.
- Sample SOP 2
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford
My passion for motorsports since school and the continuous desire to advance my understanding of various machines, especially automobiles, drove me to pursue mechanical engineering for my undergraduate studies. My fascination for the technological developments in the mechanical industry coupled with my interest in courses that I took during my undergraduate education has encouraged me to contribute to these developments. I believe that a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering will help me acquire specific and focused skills in the areas of design, development, and manufacturing that can enhance the prospects of fulfilling my professional ambition of working with the design and manufacturing team of some of the top global companies.
The undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering has helped me develop a strong foundation in engineering. In the undergraduate coursework, I had the opportunity to study a wide spectrum of courses namely, Mechanical System Design, Dynamics of Machinery, Machine Design, CAD/CAM & Automation, Internal Combustion Engines, Automobile Engineering, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Fluid Mechanics, Turbo Machines, etc. I acquired good skills in design and analysis using CAD/CAE software like Pro-Engineer, AutoCAD, and ANSYS. As part of the curriculum, I completed three design projects which helped me polish my knowledge of machine design. I would like to study in detail about Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing and Computational Engineering during my graduation.
My decision to pursue Master’s in Mechanical Engineering strengthened when I attended a workshop on “Automobile Design & Styling Using Reverse Engineering” in the 5th semester. The workshop introduced the concept of 3D scanning techniques and its application for CAD-based modeling of various products. While I was aware of the conventional design methodologies of forward engineering, learning about a contrasting approach in the design process helped me widen my technological perspectives in the area of CAD-based design. On completion of the workshop, I continued to improve my knowledge about reverse engineering and gave a seminar in the 5th semester and also published a review paper on the topic in International Journal of Emerging Technology & Advanced Engineering. Envisioning my goals, I realized that doing a Master’s Program would help me increase my limited knowledge of such topics.
My final year project titled “IC Engine Exhaust Powered Ejector Refrigeration System for Automobile Air Conditioning” received unanimous appreciation from my professors. In this project, we used Ejector Refrigeration System, a system that could replace the compressor in the conventional Vapor Compression Cycle of an automobile AC, through a component called Ejector, accompanied by an exhaust heat powered generator and a small capacity pump. Such a system could eliminate the use of a compressor, ultimately leading to an increase in overall mileage of an automobile. During the project, I led a group of four students in fabricating the complete setup. My role involved design and analysis of the ejector using CAD & CAE. Since the thermal analysis of the component was never the part of my curriculum, after a thorough research, I imported the design from a well-known research journal. During our final presentation, the examiner with a doctorate in thermal engineering, was impressed by our efforts and acknowledged the difficulties that we faced during the fabrication of the project and the wide scope of possibilities in its real-time application. Through this project, I acquired hands-on experience on the functioning of an actual air conditioning system of a car. I realized the importance that careful design and simulation have in successful working of any mechanical system. During the master’s course, I would like to take this project on to the next level by eliminating the present drawbacks.
During my 3rd-year winter break, I got an opportunity to do an industrial training in a leading tool manufacturing company, which specializes in high precision cutting tools. Under the guidance of the production manager, I carried out a mini project called “Sustainable Manufacturing of Taper Shank Twist Drill.” I investigated and evaluated the production of a drill from the raw material to the finished product from the technological and sustainable point of view. Besides, I got acquainted with the technicalities that need to be considered while manufacturing even the smallest of the products. This experience provided me valuable insights into the engineering skills needed to be successful in the manufacturing industry.
Along with academics, I have always aimed at giving my best to all my endeavors, be it co-curricular or extracurricular. During the 3rd year of undergraduate studies, I was made the chief student coordinator of my institute for “KUMBHATHON,” a technical hackathon organized in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, USA. The event aimed at finding technological solutions to the problems about Kumbha Mela, the largest religious gathering in India. This activity has honed my leadership qualities and team management skills and given me the confidence required to take up new challenges. Also, I secured third place in Blog Writing at a National Level Youth Seminar and a third place in a National Level Paper Presentation competition.
Although my undergraduate performance was good as per my university standards, I believe my scores for theoretical subjects for the first three years do not reflect my capabilities although I have excelled during the practical application of these concepts. During my third year, I realized the importance of focusing on all aspects of my studies, which reflects in the final year scores. The realization of my mistake and the upward trend in my scores has given me the confidence to achieve anything that I decide.
A Master’s Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati with a focus in Advanced Vehicle Technologies will help me acquire knowledge and skills necessary to achieve my goals. Moreover, studying with renowned professors such as Dr. Michael Alexander, whose research in Design Optimization is well-known, will take my understanding of Mechanical Engineering to the next level. I assure you that given an opportunity, I will work hard to meet your exacting standards during my studies and live up to your expectations as an alumnus.