A teacher once told methat the most valuable attribute that an engineer could have is ‘his urge’ tofeed ravenously upon information with the intention to learn more. I believethat it is this ‘strong desire’ to learn more that drives me to pursue this courseof mastery so that I could make significant contributions towards scientific development.Moreover, my undergraduateeducation has provided me a thorough exposure to various specialities in mechanicalengineering, thus stimulating my interest in this particular course. It wasn’tuntil the 5th semester that I developed an inclination towardsmanufacturing.
Every week I used to get a research paper from our ManufacturingTechnology professor which I had to summarise on the week after. In the 7th semester, I selected AdvancedManufacturing Processes and Finite Element Methods as electives because of mykeen interest. Some other subjects which fascinate me include I. C. Engines,Finite Element Methods, Engineering Mechanics, Heat and Mass Transfer, FluidMechanics, Elastic and Plastic behaviour of Materials, Machine Design andMechanics of Solid.Also, I havedone projects which further depict my interests as well as complement myknowledge. In the 8th semester, I did a project titled ‘Fabricationof 3D Printer’ which involved designing, modelling and manufacturing of variouscomponents to finally assemble a fully working Fused Deposition Modelling typeof 3D Printer.
It uses ABS as filament for printing andis capable of manufacturing components of size . Also, the total cost of fabrication was approximately30% less than the cheapest commercial printer available in the market. Anotherproject carried out in the 7th semester was ‘Designing of a 4-SpeedGearbox for an automobile’. In this, the gearbox components such as gears, mainshaft and lay shaft were successfully designed.
The engine for which thegearbox was designed was a Tata Nano 624 cc turbocharged Engine which produced85 Nm of peak torque at 5000 rpm and the gear ratios were suitably selected.In addition tomy undergraduate education and my projects, the type of work experienceassociated converges with the path to which I am committed.I did my summerinternship at R.S. Infraprojects where I learneddesigning of transmission towers, various processessuch as galvanisation, Angle-Cutting operation on CNCs of variousspecifications, maintenance of CNCs, design aspects of different types of cranes & several other machining as well asmetal-forming operations.
I have also worked as a trainee at Jay Ushin, anOriginal Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), where I learnedto operate Injection Moulding Machine, gained comprehensive knowledge ofInjection Moulding & also carried outsupervised fabrication of various automobile components such as instrumentpanel, Air duct parts, knobs, switches, etc.Finally, beinga Formula 1 aficionado, I would like to pursue a career related to Designing ina Formula 1 team. I feel that stagnation is prevailing over the development oftechnologies. Recently, Mercedes pushed its engineers so hard in order to savesome milliseconds in gear shifts that they ignored all the G-forces and theinertia involved which caused a deviation from what was expected. Anothermethod by which teams satisfy their appetite for performance is by making useof Advanced Materials and hence Advanced Manufacturing Technologies are ofutmost importance.
Browsingthrough the university website I feel that the Graduate Study at the NUS holdsa lot of promise to me. The breadth and depth of the courses coupled with astimulating research environment seem to me the right mix for seminal work andpioneering research. I sincerely hope to have a mutually beneficial associationwith your University to contribute my best towards making a successfulendeavour. Keeping this in mind, joining your University seems to me as anexcellent first step. Thanks for your consideration.