Engineering Paper

Question

The paper should explain why I am interested in pursuing PhD in the field of thermal fluid sciences. 

The structure is as follows:

Intro – explaining my interest, motivations 
Body-
Academic and work experience

conclusion- why I would like to study at the university.

I have an incomplete draft that is attached.
As well as my resume.

Answer

Name of Student

Name of Professor

Engineering Admission Essay

13 September 2016.

Statement of Purpose

The fascinating systematic motions of a v-type eight-cylinder carbureted engine and the enigmatic transformation of energy resurrecting a 1972 Cadillac Eldorado enthralled me to the point that at the age of fourteen, I found myself working at an auto-mechanic shop every evening after school. At the age of 18, I left everything I held dear behind and immigrated, all by myself, to the United States. I was determined to follow my passion for learning mechanical systems and ultimately to achieve my dream of studying in a world-class university where I could fulfill my burning desire to learn the engineering principles behind mechanical systems. Welcoming any new challenge that I may face on my way, I took it upon my stride to make my dream come true. Despite juggling work and studies for two years while simultaneously battling myriad obstacles associated with living alone in a foreign country, I got accepted at The University of Texas at Austin in Mechanical Engineering program, which was no mean feat by any standards.

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While taking fluidmechanics courses, I was amazed that how engineering principles are being applied to tame such an unpredictable, recalcitrant discipline. Interested in learning about the actual application of these engineering concepts to solve real-world problems, I approached Dr. Hidrovo and asked to join his research team at theMulti-scale Thermal Fluid Laboratory (MTFL). At MTFL, I helped several PhD students with the project of Gas Liquid Microfluidic, where the objective was to generate high inertial micro-droplets under controlled conditions in a flow-focusing geometry. During the two years I worked on this project, I had the opportunity to get involved in all the stepsof its implementation, including the operations of optical diagnostic tools, analysis of image data using MATLAB, fabrication of micro-channels using PDMS, and designing micro-channel chips using AutoCAD. Due to its experimental nature, I was responsible for conducting experiments and collecting data. A major, interesting phase of the process entailed utilizing image processing to obtain accurate measurements. I was also trained in and inducted on photolithography and soft-lithography, processes that are essential for fabricating PDMS chips using UT’s cleanroom. Aside from technical skills, I got exposed to many challenges that a PhD student faces and witnessed first-hand the tenacity it takes to complete a rigorous coursework and research process. Moreover, I had the opportunity to developed soft skills that will come in handy when either dealing with undergraduate students in the classroom or with fellow colleagues when designing new course material or carrying out research. At the end of the initial phase of the project, we published our results in the Journal of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics.

Notably, I took Computational Methods in Thermal Fluid System, a graduate-level course in which I undertook a project on “Verification of Numerical Solutions of 2D Steady Incompressible Driven Cavity Flow at High Reynolds Numbers”.The project aimed at presenting a method for solving the stream function and vorticity of two-dimensional incompressible flow by focusing only on the flow rather than geometric effects. I took on this project because it was challenging and it provided an opportunity for me to fuse more traditional fields into a front-line science. Due to advances in science and technology, the study of two-dimensional incompressible flow availed a unique and efficient method to tackle and study problems that were deemed insurmountable decades ago. Besides, it allowed me to incorporate advanced, modern approaches into an otherwise more traditional field of study. My research on fluid mechanics introduced me to new numerical and engineering methods while also helping me to learn to approach problems from different perspectives as is required during efforts to identify and analyze problems before ultimately proposing solutions.

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I have also undertaken Modeling of Physical Systems, a graduate course whose central focus is to help students learn a method of modeling a variety of physical systems using a specific approach and create a solution that simulates and models the behavior of the system. My project focused on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells. As per the guidelines provided, I wrote a program to model the fuel cell and simulate it under running condition. The project aimed at understanding the PEM fuel cell, and in particular each field of the cell, by focusing on the energy terms contributing to the entire system. I chose to undertake this project because it offered me the chance to study and analyze a wide range of physical systems, which was a field that was completely new to me and therefore offered an interesting challenge and an opportunity for growth in the academic sector. My project involved analyzing PEM fuel cells from a hydraulic, chemical and electrical perspective, being able to identify and pinpoint a relationship between these fields, and creating a system of state equation which offered a better explanation to the system. This not only broadened my understanding of the formerly new fields of hydraulics, chemical and electrical engineering but also equipped me with the necessary tools to undertake detailed research of systems through the energy approach.Besides the mentioned projects and courses, I undertook another graduate-level course, Advanced Heat Transfer, taught by Dr. Ezekoye, which offered me a unique opportunity to studyconvection heat transfer in detail. I was also able to learn and understand basic concepts in differential formulation of the continuity, momentum and energy equations, solutions to one-dimensional and two-dimensional flow problems as well as correlation equations in forced and free convection.

In addition, I have had the privilege of working at Samsung Austin Semiconductor, a start-up company based in Austin, where I was tasked with conducting experiments to increase efficiency of production procedures as well as performing analysis for the Samsung spinner exhaust matrix project. I chose to work with this particular company because it offered me a great learning opportunity as I was assured of practical, hands-on and engaging tasks. Working with a small team also greatly able me to advance my presentation skills as I was regularly called upon to make PowerPoint presentations and project pitches to the senior management of the company. Mostimportantly, working with Samsung Austin taught me how to effectively lead, manage and grow a team of individual towards a shared goal or objective. I was able to collaborate with team members, leaders and managers regularly, a skill which will be essential in the pursuit of my doctoral degree.

            Against this backdrop, I am interested in pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy program in the field of thermal fluid sciences at your university. In particular, I am very excited at the prospect of working with Professor A, a respected academic and a revered authority in the field of thermal mechanics. I would like to explore the prospects on furthering his/ her research work in XXX. I am also genuinely intrigued by the works and publications of Professor B, whose research in YYY is a field I would definitely be interested in exploring through further research. I strongly feel that this university will provide me with the necessary support and environment required to not only pursue my doctoral degree but also to carry out and publish research that will add to the existing knowledge base in thermal fluid mechanics in addition to spurring further research in this area of specialization. I believe I have the tenacity, willpower, consistency and intellect to take up the challenges of pursuing a doctoral program at your university. 

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