Every candidate’s questionnaire comprises of”Where do you see yourself in the coming decade?”….this reverberated in my mindand I had to answer myself; and I did, comprehensively. The answer was mechanicalengineering and I want the University of Toronto to be the road map for mytreasure.

The Universityof Toronto has always been at the frontiers of scientific research which isessential for snowballing my career in the mechanical sphere. Childhoodactivities like go karting, Formula One races, remote controlled toy cars drew memore towards mechanical engineering. I have studied in one of the best institutes of India and I feelthe need to expose myself to research in Canada. Therefore, I am seeking agraduate seat at the University of Toronto.Right from boyhood I have alwaysadopted a rigorous approach in order to attain an in-depth understanding of knowledgeat hand.

This has given me a broad conceptual basis, which, I believe, isessential for my research career. The unfathomable desire to learn physics andmathematics made me appear for International and National Olympiads. This lovefor science and mathematics compelled me to appear for NSW-Australiascholarship and also secure distinction.  Further strengthening my academic career I propitiouslygraduated secondary school (10th grade) as the Valedictorian not just becauseof academics but also because I was the school Football, Martial arts and Chessteam captain and had represented my school in majority of sports at the zonallevel.

 When high school was done I realizedI was through one of the most formidable engineering entrance exams of Indiawith more than 99.5 percentile. I got admitted into National Institute ofTechnology, Nagpur which is coined because of its significance of an instituteof national importance. Myriad number of core mechanical courses were instructedat the university. But, I being intrusive needed more adrenaline so I participatedin internal combustion engine RC racing events winning majority of the eventsat the National level; the event comprised of machine fabrication and probeddriving skills too. I was the event manager of AXIS; central India’s largesttechnical festival administering the Mechatryst event and also circumstantialsuperintendence in AAROHI; the cultural festival of my university.

 I took immense pleasure inlearning new concepts and formulating them into real world notions. 4 years of engineeringwere involved with innumerable theories, ideas and innovations. As a part of myfinal year project module I had successfully completed the project ‘pressurecurve reconstruction of an IC Engine cylinder using instantaneous angular speedof rotation’ which is contemporaneously getting ready for publication. Thisparticular thesis refined me into a real world engineer fostering my analyticaland practical skillset. I may have been on par during some of those semesterexaminations because I was meticulously preparing for my RC buggy racing events.

Though the grades lowered a bit but I never looked back to the modulatingevaluations because I was becoming pragmatic and not postulatory. Arguably mycurriculum would boast more about my academic achievements but I am an eminentathlete as well. Particularly into field sports and weightlifting recently Iwas awarded as the best player in the Hero Football League and had alsomarshalled my college team in Football and Cricket tournaments. I am an ardentfan of music and playing instruments too, guitar and harmonica are like staplefood for me now. Apart from these activities I also did community service andwas part of the college NGO known as PRAYASS.During the mid-year summer breaks I took up internships. Thefirst intern was at a local mechanical workshop fabricating my RC buggy chassis.

The second one was more professional at Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing unit toolingdivision in Mumbai, which is idealized as the biggest tooling division of India.After the tenure of 2 months I could define Milling Operations in alogical way to support automation of die casting milling tasks andunderstanding various controllers of CNC machines and their respectivemachining processes. The third one at Electronic Devices SigmaWeldAutomation Division enumerating valuable contributions to indigenous andcustomized solutions tailor made for Industrial contributions. Moreover mycontributions are implemented in ‘Godrej-lip welding SPM’ currently.At the commencement of the final year of engineering I got an offer from HEROMOTOCORP LTD, the world’s largest two wheeler manufacturing company. Hired as aGraduate Engineer Trainee, later after a hands-on automobile service training Iwas offered a role of Territory Service Manager administering HERO dealerships.

Thework profile incorporates maximizing the efficiency, revenue and productivityalong with achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction, cogenttechnical knowledge, extensive practical experience in vehicle servicing andrepairs and pristine diagnostic skills. Knowledge is like a muscle, you strengthen itwhen you work on it. If we hate being a doormat then we gotta get off the floorand I want to invariably get off! My studies, projects and internships so farhave given me the confidence to stroll to the next stage of my career plan.

Naturally this requires preparation, so currently I am focusing on pursuing anMS, possibly with a few subsequent years as an active research and developmentexpert at an organization. After gaining firsthand experience and knowledge ofworking in a company, I would like to launch my own business and become asuccessful entrepreneur. Radically, I want to convert my innovations into anenterprise. The mix of research and applied concepts that I would learn thisway, will allow me to grow and contribute to society’s development.This inquisitive nature of mine along-with a desire to realize myfull potential drove me towards entrepreneurship wherein I formulated one of mysophomore research ideas into a business model.

I had found a core mechanicalengineering idea which could solve majority of water problems in metropolitancities of India. This particular gene inside me wants to be in the University of Toronto: The Centre for Engineering Innovation &Entrepreneurship (CEIE) squad. CEIE will facilitate me in celebratingmultidisciplinary collaboration to the fullest and encourage me to bring myinnovative ideas and products to the marketplace.I want to pursue Masters from theUniversity of Toronto because the facilities there seem to foster a healthyresearch environment as I could gather from the brochure of the Mechanical Engineeringdepartment. A strong sense of purpose and the determination to mutate young greymatters into research and the presence of industry stalwarts such as Professor CristinaH. Amon, Professor JavadMostaghimi and Professor KamranBehdinan, have convinced me that the University of Torontois the ‘mentor’ I seek. I believe that I possess the motivation, theintellectual ability, and the preparation to set out on this exhilarating andarduous path, to do justice to a demanding Graduate program ultimately makingsignificant contributions to the ongoing work and also satisfying my childhoodfantasies. 

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