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Tell us an engineering idea you have, or about your interest in engineering. Describe how your ideas and interests may be realized - and linked to - specific resources within the College of Engineering. Finally, explain what a Cornell Engineering education will enable you to accomplish.
Whenever there was a breakdown or malfunction of an appliance or a machine at home, I used to watch my dad, a Mechanical Engineer, fix the problem and make it work again. In the process of assisting him, he infused in me an interest in how things work and the science and engineering behind the working of machines. This made me realize that an engineer's work can be found in every basic aspect of life and in Nature too, whether it is the intricate web woven by a spider or a Weaver bird's cozy nest.
I made up my mind to study Mechanical engineering, which I feel is like the mother of all engineering branches and touches every human being in everyday life in one way or the other. Since the days of the Industrial revolution, Mechanical engineering has been at the center of the engineering profession and its role shows no signs of diminishing even in this computer age.
The long queues of vehicles at petrol stations and my mothers frantic booking of LPG cylinders made me realize the importance of energy or rather the sources of energy at a very young age. I couldn't imagine a world without energy and this thought resolved me in choosing Sustainable Energy Systems as a minor with Mechanical Engineering as a major.
With major energy and environmental crisis looming large all over the world, I strongly feel that, research in renewable and sustainable forms of energy is the utmost need of the hour and this has emerged as a major engineering idea to me. Energy crisis is central to many economic, social and environmental concerns facing the society at regional, national and the global level today. I want to work towards improving the energy efficiency of the currently available technologies and find viable alternate sources of energy, which are not only cost effective but also eco-friendly.
The comprehensive and practical knowledge imparted in Cornell's College of Engineering will help me master basic engineering knowledge and develop my research abilities. I find the college of Engineering's vision to prepare undergraduate students for life long creation of knowledge and solutions to complex real world problems mirror my goals and this was exactly what I had been looking for. To augment my goals, I plan to participate in Cornell University sustainable design, which would give me hands-on experience and opportunities to collaborate with peers. Cornell's generous research opportunities in Nanotechnology - "the technology of the 21st century" also make it extremely appealing to me, as I am fascinated with the countless possibilities of nanotechnology many of which are undiscovered. Nanotechnology transcends the conventional boundaries between the basic sciences - physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, Information Technology and engineering. Having come to know that Cornell is home to pioneering research in the discovery, development and implementation of alternative energy sources, I feel that the Cornell's nanoscale science and technology facility will be of immense help in achieving my research goals.