My mother led me to this
world, my schooling lined the way towards education, my undergraduate study
established foundation and I am sure my graduate program will elevate me to
great heights. I strongly believe that the schooling and undergraduate program help
us graze through the top grass and only a master’s degree can give an extensive
understanding of the program.
As a student in the final year of undergraduate study for a
degree in Mechatronics, I look to graduate study to refine my knowledge and
skills in my areas of interest. I believe it will also serve to give direction
to my goal of a career as a research professional at an academic or commercial,
research-oriented organization. I intend to pursue a graduate degree in
Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Robotics and Automation.
The passion for Robotics and automation grew when I watched a
video of how a car is being manufactured. I was amazed to see the process being
automated and how many manipulators are used in painting, welding etc. It was
really an eye opener to see these robots reach the places where humans cannot
reach and the quality of finish which cannot be thought of, if done manually.
The passion for robots did motivate me to enroll in a
Mechatronics course as my undergraduate major. In my undergraduate studies, I
have benefited from the breadth of SASTRA University’s syllabi content that has
given me a comprehensive exposure to the core areas of Mechatronics and a
strong conceptual understanding of the same. Over the past four years, I have
developed an interest in the areas of Automation, Design of Mechanical drives
and Design of Mechatronics Systems. I gained a wide knowledge in PLC
programming and various designing software like AutoCAD, Pro-E and CATIA.
Right from my second year of study where my curriculum was
fully based on my major, I began to involve myself in many automation projects.
I am also an active member of the Robotics community in my college. I began
with a simple project which is now being implemented in an industry. The
project was to automate the process of hammering which is done in sheet metal
works. I implemented that using pneumatics. After that I was curious in
building a robot and I began to build my first robot which is a simple line
following robot. So as to increase my knowledge on how to build a basic robot I
then made a Ball following robot. As a result of these projects my programming
skills in Matlab and my microcontroller programming skills reached a different
Then finally for my undergraduate project too I took Robotics
and automation as my area and I developed an Assistive robotic system which
will help a person to transfer from bed to a wheel chair without anybody’s
help. This will be also extended to persons who are temporarily disabled due to
surgeries. This project has served to sharpen my inclination to engage in
active research in Robotics.
So out of my curiosity I surfed a lot of websites regarding
Robotics and automation. I developed a grasp of most of the topics yet Robotics
at International Platforms always seemed to elude me. Sure, I could explain
their architecture but as to how they actually worked and how they were
implemented – well, that was a complete mystery to me, as much magic as
science. I read several books on the subject but every single one attacked the
subject from a very mathematical and academic viewpoint, were full of techno-babble
and very few even gave any practical use or example. So for a long time I
scratched my head and hoped that one-day I would be able to understand enough
to experiment with them myself. Now my dream is on the verge of coming true.
My goal is to obtain a challenging position where my
technical skills will be used to the farthest extent. Since my passion with
robotics and automation began, I have always tried to find ways to make my
findings useful for a common man. I hope that this master’s degree will open
doors for me into a position of technology mentor. I dream of being able to use
my ideas such that even a common man is benefited out of it. I want to ignite
this flame of passion into the younger generation and spark new creativity by
the research works which I undertake.
“One person’s life influences the lives of an
unbelievable number of people”, one of the most important lessons I
learnt, during my seventh semester in my college as the leader heading a team
to involve the team in social activities. Our team successfully helped a school
at a remote village with the basic amenities and also raised the morale of the
students who studied in that school. I was applauded by our HR department
regarding the work done by our team. Having led a team and successfully
completing the project, eventually turned out to be a confidence booster. It
taught me that the basis for good work is self-reliance and very importantly,
time management. This quality I believe is what a researcher should posses and
I realized that I posses these by the end of that project. Not all of my entire
four months were devoid of shortcomings. I learned to accept both criticism and
praise with a positive frame of mind. This was a distinctively gratifying
experience for me, which I feel would stand in good stead in the future,
especially in lieu of a good team leader.
In consonance with my interest I would like to pursue a
graduate program in the field of Robotics and Automation. I would like to
associate myself with Dr. XXXX whose area of research is robotics and control,
Dr. XXXX whose current funded research is in Mechatronics system design or Dr.
XXXX whose primary area of research is intelligent mobile robotic system. Dr.
XXXX’s research papers like “XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx”,”XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX”
and some other papers helped me to get more knowledge on robotics and I believe
I could give my best towards the research.
In conclusion, I would like to add that the essence of
University education lies in the synergetic relationship between the student
and his department. I feel that graduate study at your University will be the
most logical extension of my academic pursuits and a major step towards
achieving my objectives. I would be grateful to you if I’m accorded the
opportunity to pursue my graduate study at your institution. I thank you for
the time you spent in reading my statement of purpose and I look forward to a
very productive and pleasant learning experience at your university.