Thursday, 10 January 2013

Sample SOP - Mechanical Engineering


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING


      Keeping in view that my undergraduate course would be completed in a few months, I am at the crucial stage wherein I have to decide what I would be doing to improve my career. I have a great compulsion towards practical industrial work environment and therefore I wish to pursue graduation study. Also, the sweeping changes in Global Industrialization and Design Engineering have made the role of mechanical engineer a really indispensable one. It has been my deepest desire to be a part of this rapidly burgeoning community. With due reverence to the Department and the University, I pen down this Statement of purpose.

To reach the peaks of perfection, I consider studying in a suitable environment and a good university with a rewarding research program, where the research facilities and the faculty at the university are excellent is of utmost necessity.

Right from my schooling I have shown keen interest in mathematics and physics that enhanced quantitative and analytical skills in me. This strength enabled me to secure XX%  in XX(10th grade). I passed my senior secondary school  with XX% in mathematics and XX% in physics respectively and I gained an overall percentage of XX% marks in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, which were my main subjects. The competitive spirit within me acted as a catalyst in all my academic successes.

Pursuing engineering as my future was a natural consequence because of my love towards science and technology. To study in this field, I had to overcome hurdles, a common entrance examination, which I had to take along with hundreds of thousands of students, all aspiring to get through.  I passed with flying colors, being placed in the top X% of all students who took the examination. I took up Mechanical Engineering in XXXXX COLLEGE affiliated to prestigious XXX University as my undergraduate major because it has tremendous potential to become a dominant force in this millennium, affecting all walks of human life. I have maintained a clean and brilliant academic record throughout my years in this course.

The undergraduate study has given me a comprehensive exposure to a wide spectrum of courses, namely, Design Engineering, Kinematics of Machinery, Engineering Graphics, Finite Element Analysis, Thermodynamics, Mechanics of Solids, Robotics, Computer aided Design/Computer aided Manufacturing, etc. I strongly believe in “learning by doing”. It is the hope of coming up with path breaking results streaked with an element of uncertainty that makes experimental results extremely fascinating.

I went beyond the  foUr walls of the classroom, during my undergraduate course; I visited many industries, namely, XXX, XYZ etc. I wanted to get a closer look at the application of Mechanical Engineering. I presented a good number of technical papers at the national level. I have organized many technical and cultural events. All these extra-curricular activities have made me socially accomplished with self-confidence, communicating skills, leadership qualities and team spirit. I have undertaken two projects in final year of my Bachelor’s Degree.

I as a project leader for the above projects and I learned the practical difficulties in implementing the task, with the help of limited resources available. With guidance of technical expertise from my college I successfully completed them in time.

I was elected as the president of the department forum for my performance, leadership qualities, communication skills and organizing capabilities (I have successfully organized many events). I also participated in various inter-college competitions and in seminars. Robotic competitions give me an adrenaline rush; I am an active representative from my college in robotic competitions and also stood best at some stages. I was part of organizing committee in the department’s weekly co-curricular activities, which bring out a platform for college students to interact with experts from industry; we organized many seminars and workshops under the college support.  I stood best in robotic national level competition held at my college. I managed at the same time, to help my dad in managing agriculture lands in our village, as he was busy with his job; I took the financial responsibility of the farms and have been successfully managing it for the past 3 years.

My objectives of joining a Masters in Science field are very clear-cut. I want to hone my intellectual abilities; to acquire in-depth competence in my stream of engineering; to develop individuality and conviviality; to learn for collective good and expand my horizons of knowledge. After ten years I envision myself as engaged in a career of manufacturing. I also get immense pleasure from teaching. I enjoy interacting with people and this leads me to believe that sharing my knowledge that I gain through my masters in technical background would be a very rewarding experience. My dream is to apply my gained advanced knowledge in benefit and service of industry, which needs professionals like me most for its development.

In this era of technological revolutions, United States has been at the forefront of pioneering work in the evolution of technology with the industry giants and I hope to get benefit from this great endeavor. My decision to pursue graduate studies in your university is a result of lengthy discussions with the faculty. Browsing through the information brochure and the University's home page, I feel that the graduate study here holds a lot of promise to me. The breadth and depth of the courses coupled with a stimulating research environment seem to me the right mix for seminal work and pioneering research. 

I found your esteemed university, known for its great facilities, will be the ideal place for me to pursue my graduate studies.  Interacting with the best minds of the world will be an enriching experience and this will spur me on, to being the very best in my field. I eagerly wait for your benevolent act of accepting me into your fold and granting an admission in Masters in Mechanical Engineering program.

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