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Jan 4, 2010
Graduate / "Pick and Place ROV system"; STATEMENT OF PURPOSE for MSc in VLSI Digital Design [7]

This is the SOP written for UK universities. Please check out for the flaws.
Specifically the part hoe can i show switching over from instrumentation to VLSI. &
1st para last line does not make sense, any suggestions please..
Thanx in advnce..

I wish to pursue my graduate studies at your esteemed institution, as I believe that your Master's program will help me to realize my ultimate goal, which is to develop myself as a well-trained semiconductor design engineer and establish a career in the VLSI design industry. I am pursing a postgraduate diploma from <institute name> and have a bachelor of technology from <college name>.

My liking for science and technology evolved over time, especially towards the design and operation of various devices. Since childhood I was fond of unscrewing the appliances I come across to explore them- the reason my friends call me mechanic byname. This idiosyncrancy, what I guess I imitated from my father, who has been in the technical background throughout. I was constantly encouraged by my teachers and parents, this fascination for electrical and electronics culminated in my decision to study Instrumentation Engineering.

The four years of engineering exposed me to the entire gamut of Electronics and Instrumentation courses thus laying a strong foundation for my concepts. I was introduced to several subjects like Analytical Instrumentation, Transducers, Advanced Control System and Fuzzy Logic. These where coupled with the strong background in Digital Electronics, Linear Integrated Circuits, Microprocessors, Communication Systems and Digital Signal Processing which captivated me the most. My curiosity was directed to these subjects, which also contributed the major score of my bachelor's degree.

My predilection incited me to do projects like- "Pick and Place ROV system" where a pick and place arm was built using H-bridge as the main component for controlling the motion of the arm. Electromagnet was used to pick and place things through magnetization and de-magnetization. "Anti-falling and Auto-cleaning Autonomous robot", an autonomous robot was built using microcontroller and motor driver circuit which were used for controlling the motion of the robot. Sensors where attached to detect the obstacle in the path and preventing the robot from falling. These projects broadened my understanding of engineering principles.

I was very interested in learning further in these areas. The penchant for digital and analog electronic system harbored an inexplicable charisma to pursue postgraduate diploma in Embedded System and VLSI Design from <institute name>, the premier Indian government institute. This program is a judicious mix of theory and practice. The classes deepened my understanding of the digital logic design, synthesis, and implementation of digital system paradigms. The Interesting subjects like Verilog HDL, VHDL, CMOS, ASIC, FPGA and embedded system software programming compelled me to seek extended knowledge outside the realm of my syllabus. The lab sessions were instrumental in making me proficient with programming skills on various EDA tools like ModelSIM, Xilinx and PSpice. Currently, for my diploma course I am working on the project "VLSI Implementation of Multi-Coder Processor for WTLS", the proposed system build in HDL consists of three units and serves three different types of compression: speech (ADPCM), text (Huffman) and image (RLE).

As part of my bachelors program, i underwent six week technical training at Siemens India Ltd. - Power Generation & Automation Department on the Analysis of Distributed Control System (DCS), which included its fabrication in plants and other applications. Later I had undergone industrial training at Pricol Ltd. in which I did complete analysis of digital and mechanical speedometers instrument cluster. This proved to be a very valuable experience as it provided me with an industry exposure and a chance to showcase my technical knowledge in an industry based environment.

Right from schooldays besides academics, I have been participating in various co-curricular activities like elocutions and quizzes. I have represented college Cricket Team and Badminton Team in inter college tournaments. I have also been an active entrant in the College Technical Fests.

I believe that the broad overview gained during undergraduate studies can be consummated only by the in-depth study that a Graduate degree will entail. Graduate study will give me front-line exposure to the technological advances that will be made in this field and allow me to contribute to its immense development.

After much enquiring I have come to know that yours is one of the best universities in UK offering graduation in <program> with the exact resources in terms of technology and guidance that I have been looking for. I am confident that graduate study in your department, which is already at the cutting edge, would provide me an excellent opportunity to reach my goal. Diverse backgrounds of students, distinguished faculty and research facilities at the institute will also help me to expand my horizons.

I would earnestly implore you to consider my candidature, hoping that you would provide me an opportunity to be a part of your esteemed institution.