After four years of studying all those bulky books, completing all the assignments and passing all those fiery exams, I was finally able to establish myself as a civil engineer. The dream that I had seen few years ago when I chose to start my career as an engineering student was finally coming true. The opportunities and the innovations available in this field motivates me further more to opt for the higher studies and conduct researches that should prove a significant contribution to my society. I hope I will be able to take my first step towards this dream of mine, joining the graduate school in your university. The thirst to crave more and never be satisfied is the main aspect of human nature which has resulted in all the beautiful infrastructures in the world.
Nayan Patel MS Construction Management Statement of Purpose The progress of any country is dependent on a good infrastructure of roads, bridges, railways, airports and other such other cost intensive facilities. Coming from a family whose chief business is construction; I was acquainted with Civil Engineering activities since my childhood and also understood how the field contributed to nation building. I would go to construction sites and seeing a building rise from nothing more than a foundation pit to a highly sophisticated structure always thrilled me. The impact of Civil Engineering on common man’s life and the diversity of work, only added to my inspiration to
“If you focus on the design, you can call yourself a Designer and if you focus on the implementation of your design, you can call yourself as an Architect.” - Cameron Sinclair Architecture for me is an art of designing buildings and creating a space that can change the way of living. I belong to a place where Architecture was just a word for over a decade as compared to the present conditions. Being a small town boy, whenever I used to go out for vacations to visit my relatives in Mumbai (India), I was always mesmerized and fascinated with tall buildings, glass facades and their shapes. Since I was always good at creative thinking, I felt closure to building forms and their architecture. I wandered what I could do if I 'm handed the magic wand and asked to design a masterpiece, which inspired me to choose architecture as my course.
My first official step towards establishing my career was obtaining a mechanical engineering degree in a renowned university such as Texas A&M University, providing me with world class education; with both the practical and theoretical basis of it. My thorough study of solid mechanics, thermo fluids, automated control systems, system dynamics, vibrational analysis , and engineering codes of ethics has deepened my passion and knowledge about engineering. The courses I completed not only improved my learning skills but also reflected my solid academic performance. During my academic career, I took on several projects that strengthened my academic fundamentals and enhanced my hands-on skills. My last research project was a study to evaluate the development, implementation, and operation of a mechanical system that moves weights using the behavior of Shape Memory Alloy wires under loads of electric current.
They would rationalize that a college degree was an invaluable and necessary document within our modern world. In addition, my parents were experts at strategizing finances. We decided to take out smart loans for my college education, which allowed my parents to help finance my interest while I was still in school. Overall, the economic approach is important in explaining my search process. Although I cannot consciously remember my parents performing a cost-benefit analysis, my college journey was set in motion from the moment my parents moved.
Few months ago, while reading through the histories of various automobile enterprises I was surprised to find out that it was the ‘Industrial Engineer’ and not the ‘Automobile Engineer’ who brought about phenomenal changes in the automotive industry. The Industrial Engineer has always been the key, because it was mainly the strategies like Mass Production Techniques by Ford, Assembly Line Manufacturing by GM and Just in Time and Lean Manufacturing Techniques by Toyota that propelled them towards leadership in the automotive sector. This reading experience created a desire in me to know more about Industrial Engineering. On further research, I found that Industrial Engineering had a key role to play in every business, from manufacturing to marketing. It echoed my line of interest as this was exactly what I was looking to do in life; improving the performance of an establishment through my mathematical, computational and creativity skill sets.
Statement of Purpose Hailing from a family of engineers and entrepreneurs, I was naturally inclined towards Science and Mathematics from my early school days. My excellence in these subjects were clearly established when I participated and won various Science and Mathematics Olympiads. Without an iota of hesitation, I opted for the science stream during my high school. It was my father who first introduced me to the field of supply chain management. He retired as a Purchase Officer, after he retired voluntarily from the Indian Army.
This incident motivated me to opt for civil engineering and ensure safety by more detailed approaches to design and analysis of structures. But in order to do so ,I require a more specialized education in structural engineering. I believe that a graduate course in structural engineering from university would is a stepping stone towards my goal. Being the son of a civil contractor who is running a construction company for past 17 years, the exposure to civil engineering was available to me from my childhood. I used to visit projects and witnessed machines, tools and Tall Structures and it fascinated me to choose this career.
The most integral part of this growth is the value system imbibed in me by my parents, teachers and my mentors and an intrigued liking for science. This played a vital role in my decision making for the future. As I finished high school I was selected for the Indian Naval Academy with merit ranking in the Top 25 in the country. However my liking for science guided me into pursuing a Bachelor degree in Electrical Electronics and Power (EEP) Engineering. This decision gave me ample opportunity to consolidate my creative energies and harness my technical aptitude.
After four years of undergraduate study in Civil Engineering, I feel completely satisfied with my decision to choose engineering as my career option as it has revealed most pragmatic and down-to-earth approach to tackling human problems to me. My enthusiasm coupled with scope for innovations and opportunities available in the civil engineering has motivated me to opt for higher studies and contribute to the field through meaningful research. I sincerely believe that graduation at your University will be an ideal step in this direction. Education is a tool that puts one on a fast track to acquiring knowledge and personality that sets one apart from the crowd. It is one bottom less hole; no matter how much one pours himself into it, he thirsts