Civil Engineering is the foundation on which humankind builds its world and engineers can shape the world into a better and more sustainable place to live. This is truer about Environmental Sciences than any other field of study. Environment sciences have perceived various modern advancements such as waste water treatment, CO2 emission control, solid-waste management / recycling program, and the recent US federal program to increase fuel efficiency of automobiles. These evolving frontiers in the field of environmental studies have always captivated me and inculcated zeal and strong yearning to proffer to this field.
It was the field of Environmental Technology which distinctly captured my interest. The undergraduate curriculum in Chemical Engineering at Pune University, introduced me to a gamut of subjects, both in and outside Environmental Technology .The ardor to delve deeper into this subject persuaded me to take elective courses in Industrial (Air) Pollution Control, Non-conventional Energy Engineering and Environmental Earth Sciences. While offering both depth and breadth across this field, these courses enveloped perspective the prominence and pertinence of Chemical Engineering and the application of its components to environment related predicaments. I came to realize that although traditionally Environmental Studies has been under the domain of Civil Engineering, the increasing complexity and expanse of Environmental problems have resulted in a growing demand for the services of disciplines other than Civil Engineering.
During the eight week Summer Training at the Development Consultants Ltd.I was delegated to the Cement Cell, where I acquired detailed cognizance of the cement manufacturing processes. As an Industrial Intern, I was delegated a project on Cement Plant Design (1800 TPD), which encompassed Raw-Mix Design and Capacity Calculations for various equipment. Here, I acquainted with the Pollution and Energy Conservation problems faced by the Cement Industry and dedicated a significant portion of my project to the pollution abatement methods.
My final year dissertation was on the Manufacture of Phosphoric acid from rock phosphate using Sulfuric acid (Design of 100 tpd Plant). This covered the design of Reactor, Extractor (for acid purification) and Evaporator (for acid concentration). As a natural outcome of my interest in Pollution control, adequate emphasis was provided to waste gases and waste water treatment which incorporated off-gas scrubbing (venturi design) and discharge method details, gypsum disposal methods, disposal of fluosilicic acid as waste material and the incorporation of all these in the Plant Layout/flow-sheet.
At Pune University, I received the best undergraduate education in Chemical Engineering and my scholastic records and achievements have been outstanding. I consistently ranked in the top 2% of the students in my class, in school, and I considered the high point of my accomplishments when I ranked in the top 1% of more than hundred thousand students who wrote the Joint Entrance Examination for admission.
During my school and undergraduate education, I have been a fervid participant in extra-curricular activities. Getting elected as the School Pupil Leader (Head Girl) helped me hone my organizational and interpersonal skills. At Pune University, I have been involved in the Annual cultural Fest as Head of the Control Tent Team. I was also agile in dramatics and made my contribution to the Technology Dramatics Society (English chapter) at Pune University, as its member and later as the Governor. I was also the member of NSS at PU where I had the opportunity to be involved in its Literacy and Health & Nutrition Programs. I continue to be a member of the Help age Society of India, which provides palliative care to the terminally ill cancer patients.
My short term objective is an M.S in environmental engineering – a rapidly evolving field with an immense potential for research. I wish to pursue a career in environmental engineering for 7-10 years and would ultimately want to start my own environmental consultancy firm in Mumbai, India
An extremely distinguished faculty, a milieu replete with academic activity, and a graduate program which blends high quality course work and research facilities at the cutting edge of every sub-field are the factors which have motivated me to choose the XXXX University for graduate studies. I believe the program offered will help me acquire the versatility needed to reach my full potential as an engineer.
It would, therefore, be a privileged to secure admission to pursue graduate studies, with adequate financial assistance at University XXXX. I am confident that I will meet the demanding curriculum set by your university.