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Personal Statement of Purpose for the purposes of entering into a Ph.D.-level Mechanical Engineering degree program of study with ***** State University.
As a child, growing up in [North Africa], I had always been in awe of this massive complex of towering skyscrapers, our famous ***** tower, like ***** *****which seemingly defies the laws of physics, and our city’s manufacturing hub that supplies most of [North African country] and exports to the world our engineered goods. Surrounded by so much technology, the airplanes screaming from our **** airports, the bustling metro, the huge network of highways which seem to draw all of [North African country] to our metropolis, I feel invigorated, excited and wanting to become a part of what makes all of this marvelous industrial progress function.
Quieter times, even from a very young age, would find me playing chess with friends and family. My mind seemed in tune with the game, being able to not merely anticipate moves, but perceive the potential in numerous arrangements of pieces. I found myself not only memorizing where the pieces were, but also seeing the patterns laid out in my mind’s eye, remembering them, and being able to play from these recollections even months later, manipulating them, and letting them evolve.
Being born into a family that has always encouraged utilizing to the fullest extent our inherent gifts, I have succeeded in every academic venture I have undertaken. I have adopted my parents’ standards of how to conduct yourself in life, to be disciplined, persistent in your pursuits and above all to work hard at everything you do. I have an inquisitive nature, and enjoy challenges and mysteries. I resolved to take on the intellectual challenges Mechanical Engineering offered and dedicate my life to this pursuit.
For the past seven years, I have maintained a conceptual continuity in my academic career. Beginning with my time in high school, I have immersed myself in the pursuit of increasing my communication skills in English and proficiency in algebra, trigonometry, as well as calculus and computer courses. I found that my greatest strength and enjoyment in math was in vectors, differential and integral calculus. My BS in Mechanical Engineering, along with being in introduced to the basics, focused my research on the design and manufacture of plastic injection moulds. At the same time I was introduced to and have subsequently become proficient in the use of Abaqus, Solid Work, AutoCAD, Mastercam, Ansys and Matlab software packages as well as increasing my English technical writing and communication skills.
It was at Master’s level that opportunities began to present themselves for my further development as a leader for Mechanical Engineering. No leader is ever born, and owes much to their humble beginnings. During my time with the ***** University of Science and Technology, I was able to teach some introductory-level courses. Through my teaching of CAD,
Conducting an internship with ***** *****, the largest automotive producer in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, exposed me to a world-leader in the Mechanical Engineering world; in fact 20th largest in the world. Not only was I exposed to different real-world situations in which mechanical design and manufacture are utilized, but also to the management of a successful Mechanical Engineering firm. Working alongside seasoned Mechanical Engineers, not only was I applying the theories and principles I’d learned in the classroom, I became familiar with many differing types of machinery and their uses. While my duties were purely introductory in nature, working in a multidisciplinary team greatly aided my interpersonal skills and only increased my confidence and ability to work in this sort of environment. Through in-depth conversations with my co-workers, I was able to see the assorted daily challenges of a large-scale operation combined with the broader picture, the competition or interaction with other large firms on a global scale, firms such as Mercedes Benz, Peugeot and Rolls Royce to name but a few.
My Master’s education culminated with research into predicting the fracture mechanics parameter at high temperature using artificial neural networks and the finite element method. This research gave me an excellent overview of computational mechanics and fracture mechanics.
“The scientist explores what is; the engineer creates what has not been.” – Theodore Von Karman. These few words have inspired me to become the finest Mechanical Engineer I possibly can. My research has clearly shown me where I would like to go in terms of my PhD research, and that is metals and their formulation, metallurgical productions, welding and industrial manufacturing systems. More specifically and with an eye towards industrial applications, my research will involve advanced manufacturing systems, machinery and materials performance prediction, crack, and numerical analysis and FEM.
Indeed, my research team and I have already become published in the area of fracture mechanics, with an article entitled, “*****************************”. In addition to this, I am preparing a manuscript entitled, “************************”. During my research work, I found that many times, my partners were turning to me for advice and trusting in my decisions. Whether it was my focus, my drive, or my personality, I clearly see that I have a future in a leadership position, possibly overseeing the operation of a large system. It is my understanding that PhD candidates will become future leaders in the industry, in research, lead seminars for the betterment of the industry, teach future engineers, and I feel that I have a solid foundation in all of these areas.
Through a quality education and academic relationship between myself, my future team members and ****U, I will be taking part in the betterment of society, solving problems by utilizing the latest technologies. ****U will aid me in narrowing my focus yet again to determine my path or paths in the Mechanical Engineering world, be it R&D, manufacturing, systems management, or a combination thereof. Wherever I choose to go, I will be fully equipped to make a difference. Any relationship requires give and take, and I feel I bring much to the equation, not the least of which is my cultural competency formed from personal experiences in my homeland, a place rich in its tapestry of cultures and customs.
I thank you for your time, consideration and I look forward to a personal interview.