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Scholarship Essay for Master's; I'm Electrical Engineering graduate from India

alfaromeo 1 / -  
Oct 9, 2012   #1
Hello Friends,
I have to write a scholarship essay for admission to master course Please help in correcting, error checking or any addition.
The university has mentioned some points on which i have to write.

A clear and relevant essay in English (1,000 - 2,000 words) addressing the following:
1.Your motivation for taking the MSc programme of your choice.
2.Why you wish to pursue this programme abroad and/or in the Netherlands in particular.
3.Why you are interested in TU Delft and what you expect to find here.
4.If there are optional specialisations in the Master's programme of your choice: which specialisation(s) interest you most, and why?
5.Describe your hypothetical thesis project: what kind of project would you prefer if you were free to make a choice? Also briefly explain what you would want to explore in your thesis project. Provide a maximum of three hypothetical thesis topics and elaborate on your particular interests in them.

6.A brief summary (maximum 250 words) of the thesis work or the final assignment to be done for your Bachelor's programme, including information on the credits earned, grade, and full workload.

Thank You

Essay starts from here-

Statement of Purpose

"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it."
- William James

Allow me to introduce myself as an Electrical Engineering graduate from India. The above quotation is very much pertinent to goal of my life, as I aspire to pursue the EWEM- European Wind Energy Master Erasmus Mundus Msc Programme in Electric Power System Track. There are three different specializations in this program but, I have selected Masters in Electric Power Track because it is advance knowledge of my previous degree and I can perform better by doing the course mentioned above. The Master in the EWEM allows engineering graduates to update their knowledge and learn additional areas to those taken in their first degree. The program targets at intelligently satisfying the energy needs of complex modern societies achieving economic and environmental sustainability. The choice of a major for graduate study is an important decision in one's life. This decision in my case is not made in a day or a week, but it is backed by a passion to learn and contribute to the research in new forms of energy generation and distribution- their integration in the existing social and economic structure.

Four years of engineering education at B.K Birla Institute of Engineering & Technology Pilani, has transformed my desire of being an accomplished engineer into a passion to be at the forefront of research and innovation. The breadth of undergraduate syllabi content has exposed me to panoply of courses providing a strong conceptual understanding of the same. All through the course of my studies, I have strived to maintain an approach of expanding independent effort in all my endeavors. Learning in various ways and sharing my knowledge with others has been most worthwhile experience.

Why Netherlands?
Netherlands and other countries forming the European Union is I think the biggest advantage that one could have as a student as all of Europe is at one's disposal for research, job opportunities and we all know about the fact that Europe is one of the most favored destinations for research. So instead of limited to one country I can easily explore options in any European country ranging from researching work, presenting papers, exploring internship options or looking for a job in the industrial sector all at the same time I study in Netherland, it will also be greatly supported by the already available mobility scheme offered at EMEM programme. Furthermore, Netherlands is the only nation which supports at highest level in wind energy, with a strong international reputation. It has a long history in using the power of the wind as an integral part of sustained prosperity. It will be a great opportunity for me to study in Netherlands.

Why TU Delft?
I have selected TU Delft as the place for me to continue with my education because I found that the Graduate program in European Wind Energy Master suited my needs perfectly. I found that the researches carried out at TU Delft are outstanding, especially in Wind energy to be very impressive. I feel that to be associated with this group for my masters would stand me in good stead for my future career. I am also impressed by the past projects and the ongoing projects by the EWEM associated partners. These are much superior to those of past & ongoing projects in India. There is one more thing which attracts me towards TU Delft is the Participating universities in EWEM programme. Studying at the partner universities, which are well known for their world class research and education in terms of wind energy, would enrich my overall experience, thus, making me more confident and knowledgeable citizen of the world with a much broader prospective Taking all these factors into account, I am sure that TU Delft is the perfect place for my graduate studies and I am confident that with my knowledge and teamwork which I learnt from my previous institute I will make a positive contribution to ongoing research work at TU Delft. The international work environment that I will be able to experience at TU Delft and other EWEM programme participating universities helps in the making of an adaptive professional which I think will not only enable me to tackle global problems and cultural issues much effectively than others but also make me adapt to any kind of workplace be it industrial or academic research, European or Indian. I'll be exposed to new people, places, ideas, challenges an experience like this will remain with me for life, making me a well- rounded professional.

The other specialization in Master's programme which interests me most is Energy Systems. As we know the world was dependent on energy, is dependent on energy and will be dependent on energy. Energy can be produced from two types of resources Conventional and Non-Conventional sources of energy, mostly energy is developed using conventional sources of energy but as the world economy and population is increasing rapidly so to satisfy the needs of the future and as the conventional energy sources can only last few more years there should be an alternative mode of producing energy and that can only be possible by focusing on non-conventional energy sources. The basic motivation for this specialization came to me from my country India which is a rapidly developing nation and also has a high stand in terms of population so to satisfy the need and deeds of the people another alternative for producing energy has to be taken in too deep consideration. Although the use of wind energy for producing electricity have been started but at a nascent level and to stretch it to an advanced level level an expertise is required which I can get through specialization in energy systems.

Master's Thesis topics that interests me
- Wireless Energy Transfer
Transmission of electrical energy from a power source to an electric load without connecting any manmade conductors is called wireless energy transfer. Future needs this kind of technology that can work without any barriers of conductor's for the transmission of electricity; it would be just simple as sending a file from a device to another device over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. This thesis interest me because as I live in that sub-continent in which still some of the regions don't have electricity supply and also it is difficult to provide electricity through conductors, so with the help of this wireless transmission they can be provided with electricity. Also Wireless energy transfer can provide us with a portability of electrical equipment's by which we will not be requiring any electric points or sockets in which we have to plug in our device. Cost of transmission of energy in terms of conductors can also be reduced with this technology.

- Clean energy sources on the electricity market
Clean energy or renewable energy sources will be the primary sources of generating energy in future. Although an initialization to renewable energy has been initiated at a small scale by various leading energy ventures. I have been inclined towards this because it deeply emphasizes on method development, planning and operation of electricity markets including stochastic power sources such as wind power, solar power which is an important aspect for transforming the scenario of generating energy and shifting from non-renewable to renewable sources. The world needs clean energy to have a sustainable future.

- Wireless Sensor Networking
Knowledge about a field is a good thing but to have knowledge about a particular field for the life time is not a good thing. I think it is essential to have a basic knowledge of about all the fields in the world as it not only keeps us updated about the new things happening around ourselves, what innovations are going on ongoing world scenario but it also provide and alternative path where we can go and expertise. I have done some research work on Wireless Sensor Networking which is described in the end of the SOP.

Hypothetical thesis project is not an easy part to decide I was having immense thesis in my head but the project's which I would prefer if given to choose from are:

Offshore wind energy plants have always in my keen interest as I am always amazed by the rigid standing of a wind farm in the sea, such a high weighing body stands still in it and the energy generated by wind farm is transferred to the ground station with the help of underwater cables which is an exceptionary thing. India is peninsular subcontinent and still till now there is no offshore wind energy power plant in it. If I was free to do a thesis of my choice, I will do a thesis on Offshore wind energy in India as it will not only provide energy it will also work as an initial step towards the revolution of Offshore wind energy power plants in India.

On the second thought, there is another thesis which I dream of doing i.e., Wind turbine to harvest energy and water from desert air such a wind turbine has recently been developed by a French company Eolewater. This wind turbine not only produces energy it also produces a large amount of water using wind energy as a source. As I hail to Rajasthan, that state of my country who's more than 50 % of the area is desert known as Thar Desert. Where drought hit every year and where water is a luxury here which can't be afforded by every individual and by working over this thesis I can support in helping my motherland.

My final year thesis Speed Control of Single Phase Induction Motor through Remote gave me an opportunity to work on more complex avenues in combining electrical machinery and electronic components to synchronize with each other. With the help of this project my basic knowledge about electronics got enriched. As a two member team we set our goal to create an optimum circuit that allows total control over your equipment's without having to move around. This circuit is made to work the very concept of Remote control which facilitates the operation of speed control of single phase induction motor or we can say fan regulators around the home or office from a distance. It provides a system that's simple to understand and also easy to operate, a system that will be economical and affordable, a reliable and handy to maintain system of remote control and durable system irrespective of usage. During this time I also got selected for a golden opportunity through my institute for an internship at ECE Paris for two months where I was given a project to make a GPS system for indoor positioning. Wireless Sensor networks involve sensor nodes which are very small in size. They are low in cost, and have a low battery life. One of the critical components in wireless sensor networks is the localizing tracking sensor or mobile node. Contiki OS is used as a platform for communicating with different nodes. I did this project to broaden the range of my knowledge and have succeeded in it.

After considering my aptitude, my past activities and what I want to do, I am convinced that I want to take up a career that deals with the impact of technology on society in wake of innovation and transformational processes. I have come to realize global realities that have altered the concept of energy security, specifically for developing nations, due to growing imbalance between the demand for energy and its supply from indigenous sources. India, one of the fastest-growing economies is poised to be key world acing the consumption of energy consumer in the future. Sustainable growth demands professionals with a vision of efficient energy generation, distribution as well as exploring technologies for its most efficient usage.

To make myself familiar with the background required for engineers to cater to aforementioned role, I did an internship in a leading manufacturer of electrical machinery Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited, Haridwar where I learned how the electrical machinery specially Turbo Generators (250/500 MW) with excitation system which are required to generate energy, generally used in Thermal power plant or Hydro power plant. This internship provided me a great knowledge and I also got know every single bit of the Turbo Generators how they work and how they are made starting from Stator then to rotor and then to the driving part excitation system.

Hence, I am certain a Master's degree in EWEM in Electric power system track will be a stepping stone in reaching that ultimate goal. I am sure that the dedication and sincere effort with which I have always worked, has made me capable of standing up to the challenges of a highly advanced and competitive environment. Given the opportunity, I am determined to make the most of my time during EWEM by working with, learning from as well as contributing to a group of the very best faculty and students. I will have acquired the professional skills required to handle complex engineering projects in industry and solve environmental and energy issues through an integrated approach, for my country and the world combined.

The journey promises to be challenging one; it may no doubt be arduous and demanding, but, the thrill of discovering something new at the frontiers of human knowledge, however small the contribution, is unparalleled. I thank you for giving me an opportunity to express myself.

brittnid 1 / 2  
Oct 16, 2012   #2
That quote is perfect. I think you have done a great job here

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