We work with many students all over India to secure admissions in top universities abroad. To help our prospective students, we are publishing ‘Statement of Purpose (SOP)’ written by these students.
Real case of a Chemical Engineer applying to German University
The present case was of one of the Chemical Engineers in Pune. The student was brilliant in curriculum and had cultivated research background. However, his GRE score was not reflecting his abilities while he managed to score decent on his TOEFL. The engineer wished to apply to in German universities for further research. The following document is close to his attempt of the Statement of Purpose.
Statement of Purpose
I was in awe of Chemistry since my eighth grade and as I went to higher grades, my interest in Chemistry developed over the years. When I saw a chemical industry for first time during my school’s industrial visit, I was captivated. I completed Chemistry Laboratory practical in highest grade and then in my under-graduation I opted for Chemical Engineering at MIT AOE, one of the top colleges under University of Pune.
During my undergraduate studies, I was introduced to different courses like Process Modelling and Simulation, Heat Transfer, Mass Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, Mechanical Operation and Transport Phenomena. In order to complement my studies in these courses, I also completed certifications in Matlab and Simulink, AutoCAD, Principles & study of shell and tube heat exchanger and Chemical reactor design. I was the topper of my college which itself underlines my passion in Chemical Engineering. I was the winner of “PRAKALP-2014″ a national level paper presentation and the winner of “SCHEMCON-2015”, an annual National Level Engineering Exhibition for best poster.
In second year, I had an industrial visit for 1 week in ‘Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF)’ where I completed my training program on ‘Unit operation and Unit processes with plant visit’. Here, I learnt the different unit operations which are an integral part of chemical industries as well as the importance of instrumentation in process industry. While I was observing the manufacturing as well as research here, my curiosity in Chemical Engineering reached peak.
My first encounter with the research was in third year of engineering during a mini-project. I was a Team Leader of team of 3. We picked the challenging project on ‘Photo-bioreactor’, as it is an upcoming technology and we could study the topic closely. Our task was mainly cut out on the conversion of micro algae to biofuel; a clean technology which is really important in today’s world. During the project, we learnt the working of different instruments especially haemocytometer. Here, I was introduced to planning and execution skills required for the research as we had to study available literature and based on previous attempts we also had to design the basic proto-type. I could also appreciate importance of team-skills in research.
During Bachelor’s, I developed interest in Chemical Process Technology and Membrane Technology. I was fascinated by them as their applications present innumerous possibilities to make the Earth much better place to live. Keeping this close to heart, our team of three, led by myself decided to pursue the project on “Studies of effect of methanol crossover on Direct Methanol Fuel cell (DMFC)” in the field of membrane technology. DMFC can be used in wide range from mobile phones to car engine. It is an eco-friendly and renewable energy source. The main challenge during the project was to control methanol crossover and optimize the fuel cell. To overcome this hurdle, we prepared a composite membrane of PTFE Nafion which is a very unique membrane because it can stop methanol crossover and increase the DMFC efficiency. The main advantages of this technology are easy refueling and transportation. We were able to achieve the highest voltage of 1.2V which is among the highest voltage that has been recorded in the world by using DMFC; as a result, our project was highly recognized by University of Pune and we received a grant from BCUD for further research. The project was also selected for “AVISHKAR-2015” which is an inter-university research competition arranged in Pune.
After completing my graduation, I joined CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (NCL), Pune. I have been working as a Project Trainee since . I am working on a project of “production Soda ash from Sodium Sulphate” which is about converting the low cost of Sodium Sulphate into soda ash; a raw material in glass manufacturing industries. Project was highly challenging as Sodium Sulphate is highly stable and hence to convert it to soda ash we developed an innovative technology using sodium dichromate solution as a solvent. Sodium sulphate and calcium carbonate were taken as raw material. The reaction was double-replacement reaction in which sulphate group of sodium sulphate was replaced by carbonate group. This project was highly successful as we were able to develop a low cost process. During my stint here, I have worked on X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscope with EDX and High-pressure reactor.
Currently, in NCL Pune, I am working on a technology on the treatment of wastewater in which the wastewater from industry was treated using Fenton and coagulation process in which ferrous sulphate and hydrogen peroxide were added as a Fenton reagent due to which the water contaminants were oxidised then we tried different coagulants such as poly-aluminum chloride, aluminum chloride hexahydrate, anionic polymer, kaolin, etc. due to which water contaminants were settled down which can be easily separated and from which we were able to reduce COD, BOD, TOC, pH to an permissible limit. Hence, this water can be reused in multiple effect evaporator, reboiler, cooling tower, etc.
Looking back, I am at initial phase of my career and have exposure to best Chemical Engineering institutes of my country. However, I would like to pursue higher education that shall help me align my provincial chemical engineering knowledge with global standards. Now on the threshold of completing 6 months in relevant research, I think I am ready to embrace Master’s in Chemical engineering for energy and environment in your university that will help me to gain expertise in handling modern toolset analyze various processes. Also, the program will help me devise new methods for energy storage, purification and treatment of drinking water. I realize that a Master’s in Chemical Engineering for energy and environment will enrich me by transforming me into an accomplished professional and providing me with tools necessary to get a winning edge over others.
To sum up, it is clear that I have unquenchable thirst and drive to continue my career in Chemical Engineering. My curricular as well as extra-curricular track suggests that I not only have desire but tools to join your course. I bring live case studies and technical expertise of working in Research Institute to the table. Hence, I can certainly say that, I am one of the best aspirants for this prestigious course.
After the course, I wish to work with an organization which is dedicated to transforming lives of billions through these revolutionary technologies, I hope to see myself in a position of a senior engineer 10 years down the line in one of the reputed Companies like BASF, Bayer or Dow chemicals.
The student was selected in one of the top 10 Technical Universities thanks to his elaboration of research work and his vision/ objective of future research aspirations.
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