`Statement of Purpose
The world has seen a remarkable revolution in industries, from using steam power, to mechanize production, to use of electronics and information technology, to automated production. The Industrial Revolution 4.0 is something that is transforming humankind unlike anything experienced before. I, as an electrical engineer and working professional in the energy industry, acknowledged and am intrigued by emerging technology fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, Big Data, autonomous vehicles, energy storage and quantum computing. I am eager to devote my long-term career to such a dynamic, fast advancing field of digital industry.
I was accepted into the Sardar Patel College of Engineering, Mumbai, due to my exceptional performance on my senior secondary exams. My freshman year was flawless. My firm grasp of basic sciences such as physics, mathematics and chemistry facilitated me immensely in appreciating the fundamentals of the subjects covered in the curriculum. However, the smooth-sailing ship began to sink when I experienced a sophomore slump. This really was the turning point for me in realizing that I had to get it together and put forth more efforts. I visited professors after class to learn more and clear doubts. One of the professors appreciated my effort and helped me get a summer internship. As a result, I developed a keen interest and sufficient aptitude for Electrical Engineering. I completed the course B.E.Tech (Hons) in Electrical Engineering in 2015 with an earned CGPA of 7.23/10.
As I progressed through my undergraduate studies, I gained substantial knowledge in subjects like computer programming, power system, renewable energy source, electronic circuits and control system. I focused more on learning about power system and integration of renewable energy source in present power grid. I also focused on learning the electronic circuit, control system, its application in the field of robotics. Simulation in software like MATLAB, PROTEUS and ETAP further enhanced my understanding of concepts. Hence, my undergraduate studies have provided a strong foundation which will certainly help me to understand and analyze the concepts involved in the industrial Engineering curriculum.
I have made the best use of the opportunities and training programs with which I have associated myself. During my sophomore year, I completed an internship at 500 kV HVDC Terminal Station in Padghe, India, studying the transmission and distribution of electricity. I also understood the benefits of using HVDC over AC transmission, especially when it came to efficiency and cost optimization. Moreover, off-the-class training experiences added greatly to my knowledge of core concepts in electrical engineering, besides introducing me to fresh ideas and techniques.
In the final year, I worked on a project under Professor Nandkishor Kinhekar to maximize a photovoltaic (PV) system’s output power by continuously tracking the maximum power point of the system. The project aimed to address two of the most fundamental drawbacks in the areas of solar power generation-low efficiency and high capital cost. I and a team member developed an algorithm to improve the solar panel’s efficiency. We had a tough time developing the hardware, which was executed in Arduino UNO. At a certain point, the project appeared to be going downhill as we were not able to execute the algorithm into the code. Working with my project guide, we spent hours every day for almost a month tweaking the code. After combining this with intense brainstorming sessions, we were finally able to successfully complete the project, improving the efficiency of the PV system by an impressive 85-90%.
Apart from academics, I was interested and passionate about extracurricular activities. I was part of the organizing committee for the college’s annual festival ‘SPACE’, where I was in charge of the logistics team. This event was a test of teamwork and leadership skills. My strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills enabled me to successfully perform my role as a team leader. Overall, my undergraduate college experiences have helped me in enhancing my management, leadership, and interpersonal skills and have made me a responsible and socially aware human being.
Finally, a job in hand, even before completion of a degree was the culmination of my hard work and persistence throughout my undergraduate studies. My well-rounded college experience helped me to be recruited by the Japanese EPC consultancy firm, Toyo Engineering. One of my most illuminating experiences during the two years I spent in the company was a high-profile project RAPID-Ethylene Cracker Complex for a client Petronas, Malaysia. In the very first task I had used my analytical and math skill to calculate bill of quantity of grounding material. I completed the task efficiently and saved 86% man hours allocated to this particular task i.e. 240 man hours. I used simple excel table and extrapolated data of previous project to calculate the quantity for entire plant. I was appreciated for my approach by my manager and Japanese counterpart. Now this excel sheet prepared by me is part of Toyo’s reference document, it has already used in many project as. Working in this consultancy for more than two years familiarized me with all the vital skills required in an oil and gas industry, it also helped me in enhancing my analytical, communication, and decision making. I was extremely thrilled by the experienced gained from the project and was motivated to further explore industrial engineering.
The digital method of manufacturing and supply chain management, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and more, that are already established in leading global economies like the US, are now in the forefront in India, an economy which has until now been embedded in traditional ways of doing business. There are enormous challenges to for Indian industries in order to achieve global competitiveness on price front for the manufactured goods. This goal can be accomplished by implementation of operations research, mathematical modeling, and optimization of complex processes or systems, equipment, energy, materials and logistics, to name a few. I sensibly chose master’s program in Industrial Engineering as it will provide opportunity to discover innovative solutions to challenging problems. On successful completion of the program, I aspire to pursue my career as a consultant and help industries in India implement sustainable manufacturing policies, setting new standards for safer and smarter performance.
The Master’s Program in Industrial Engineering offered by Arizona State University (ASU) provides opportunities available to learn state-of-the-art technologies, access a vast pool of technical resources, and gain from the experience of its faculty, which will enable me to accomplish my career goal. ASU’s faculty and students have been making remarkable advances in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data management and mining, energy-efficient computing, healthcare delivery and informatics, learning technologies and social networks among many other areas. These technologies are something that I want to really get my teeth into. I would regard my admission to the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at ASU not only as a great honor and success but also as an obligation to work diligently. I deeply believe that the excellence of this program, along with my capabilities and motivation, will help me to attain my goals.