The ability to engineerchanges is what differentiates us from other intelligent beings. The power toaffect this change is the most satisfying part of an engineer’s job. Itis this curiosity and willingness to explore untried, novel situations that has always drawn me towards Engineering. Ihave always believed that mankind will forever be fascinated by the advent ofmachines and technology that have induced lifestyle changes for human comfort.
It is this aspect that created a quest for me tochoose Mechanical Engineering, the genesis of all engineering sciences. Based on the immensepotential that technology can play within the field, it was an informedchoice to acquireknowledge and specialize in this field. Therigorous undergraduate engineering program at SRM University, a globally accredited institution, has helped me hone my analytical skills,bolster my innate abilities toabsorb technology and lay a solidfoundation on which I want to buildfurther. Having chosen Mechanical Engineering as adiscipline of choice I started evincing interest in Heat Power Systems,Alternate Sources of Energy, Thermodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics.These subjects introduced me to thermal storage, efficient conservation,experimental techniques and importance of computational methods in analysis,design, environmental regulations and to ensure industry compliance. Collaborating with my teammates, Ifabricated a Beta Stirling Engine that runs on Solar Power to produce electricity.
Currently, in my final year, I am workingon a project titled ‘Effect of increased interfacial surface area on the freezing process of de-ionized water in a Spherical Capsule’. This envisages utilizing storedenergy to provide an efficient and effective cooling medium. Now in its nascentstages, the intent is to explore avenues where this technology can be extendedby suitable augmentation. Byvirtue of my academic credentials, I was nominated to pursue my 5thsemester under ‘Semester Abroad Program’ at National University of Singapore (NUS). At NUS, I had theopportunity to get associated with Downdraft Biomass Gasifier project under Dr. Chi–Hwa Wang, Professor of Chemical and BiomolecularEngineering. I was involved in heat transfer calculations pertainingto forced conduction and convection, to help reducethe temperature of the gasifier. This research project enabledme to gain insight in the field of Heat Transfer applications.
My role was tomonitor and update changes in theambient temperature and incorporatethe same in numerical calculations to provide efficient solutions for energy conservation. Another huge takeaway from the Semester Abroad Program was theopportunity to interact with students from different parts of the world and exchangecultural views. After the exchange semester, I did an Internship in one of the biggestcement companies, ACC (AssociatedCement Companies Ltd), during which I worked in the Energy and EnvironmentConservation Cell. I was assigned a project to design a Solar Hot Air Generator, calculate its payback period and evolve methodsto improve its efficiency. I hadthe exposure to different thermal storagesystems which enabled me to understand its design concepts, practical working and how to enhance its efficiency with optimum utilization. I also had the opportunity to observe theprocess deployed at storage location for tapping waste heat for variousapplications.
Office safety, soft skills, andtime management were also a part of the invaluable learnings. As a trainee,I could closely observe the work done in design, production and quality sectors ofthe company. Having had an exposure to a world-class setup, broadened my vision of the profession.
I am convinced that pursuing a Masters’Degree in Mechanical Engineering is best suited at this point in my career. Human needs are ever growingand the race to become asuper-power is only leading to the extensiveuse of natural resources,energy reservoir depletionand subsequent severe impacts on the environment. This calls for pressing need of clean energy systems and an overall efficient management of our environment. It is a result of these observations that I believe sustainable energyengineers are key to address these endangeringsituations. My zest to pursue this graduate program is to delve deeper into sectors of environmental challenges and clean energy segment, eventually leading to developingcomprehensive knowledge in the field of Energy Management to achieve sustainable growth. I have lookedat the courses provided by your University. The rich and well-structured courses offered by the Universityof Southern California: Energy and Propulsion, Design of Low Cost SpaceMissions, Engineering fluid dynamics and Advanced Mechanical Design would alignperfectly to supplement my area of research interest. The researchareas under USC has captured my interest,especially the work of Professor Sergey Gimelshein on computational fluiddynamics, spacecraft propulsion and physics of molecular energy transfer.
I am also deeply interested in the research underProfessor Paul D. Ronney focusing on micro-scale power generation andpropulsion, internal combustion engines and control systems. The above mentioned areas of interest wouldprovide me with the impetus to gain further knowledge in the field of energyconservation, energy transfer through air and fluids, product development, design and manufacturing. In the ever-evolving global scenario of energyconservation, the opportunities to learn and contribute to the advancement oftechnology is immense. My long-term goal is to be a part of a globally acclaimedteam involved in finding innovative and sustainable solutions for energymanagement. Thus I strongly believe that I have the potential and aptitude tomatch the exacting standards set forth to be a part of the fraternity at theesteemed USC. I believe that a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineeringcombined with the pedagogy at USC, quality of research and campus life would beinstrumental in shaping my future.
I look forward to being a part of thelineage of great minds that have walked the halls of USC.