In a fluid at rest in a closed container, a pressure change in one part is transmitted without loss to every portion of the fluid and to the walls of the container” – Blaise Pascal; these were the very words that changed my life and brought me into the fascinating world of Mechanical Engineering and Fluid Mechanics. I can vividly recall the exact moment and wonder with which my 15-year old self read this law in the High School physics book. From then on, physics became my favourite subject at school, and two years later when I had to choose my career path,  it was undoubtedly Mechanical Engineering. With this background and a desire to pursue specialization, I’m applying for the Masters in Mechanical Engineering in the Energy and Process Technology track at TU Delft.  During my undergraduate studies at SASTRA University  (Thanjavur, India)  between 2012-2016, I took up elective subjects in the Fluid mechanics and Thermodynamics line of study, to gain a strong footing for further graduate studies. These subjects, such as Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Engineering, Heat transfer, and  Aerodynamics, gave me foundational knowledge on basic theories such as laminar-turbulent flow, boundary layer, 1D & 2D heat transfer, aerofoil theory etc.   I also chose to pursue an Honours degree, which allowed me to encompass a wide range of subjects in Fluid Mechanics, that I normally wouldn’t be able to take up as part of my regular curriculum. The Honours degree consisted of four extra zero-credit papers to be studied in each semester, beginning from the fifth to the eighth. The subjects I took up were:  Compressible Flow, Gas Turbines, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, and Turbo machines. The self study nature of these four subjects allowed me to undergo the rigors of learning; I had to analyze and understand the concepts, and solve problems without an instructor’s help, making me self-reliant and focused.   Some of the good innings of my academic career, apart from the Honours degree, also consisted of securing a place in the Dean’s list in all the 4 years of my undergraduate studies: in the top 2% in the University between 2013-14 & 2015-16 and in the top 3-10% between 2012-13 & 2014-15. l also topped the Aerodynamics course with the first position, the CFD course with the second position, and also secured the second position in Mechanical Engineering in the University examinations, in the 7th semester.  As an effort to gain industrial exposure, I did a 5 day in-plant training in Ashok Leyland’s manufacturing plant at Chennai (Tamil Nadu, India) in the summer of 2014. Here, I was introduced to basic functioning of an automotive plant through assembly lines such as the chassis, front axle, rear axle, engine assembly lines and manufacturing lines such as the engine block  and camshaft lines. The plant also had an automated line with a serial manipulator carrying out assembling functions. This training triggered a desire to learn 3D modeling and to try hands on in Robotics.  Following the in-plant training, I enrolled in a one-month course on Pro-E and CATIA which equipped me with the basics of CAD. Subsequently, in the academic year of2015, I worked with Dr Anjan Kumar Dash, Associate Professor at SASTRA University and together with 4 other students, co-authored a paper titled “Modeling and Workspace Analysis of Parallel-Serial Hybrid Manipulator”, which was published in the Applied Mechanics and Materials section of Trans Tech Publications in 2015.   I also got the opportunity to present the paper at the International Conference on Materials and Manufacturing Engineering 2015, held at Kancheepuram, (Tamil Nadu, India). It gave me an invaluable experience of presenting my original work in front of a panel of judges from various reputed Universities and Corporations, who gave me insights on how to improve the project and my presentation.    My key role in the project was the design and 3D modeling of the Hybrid Manipulator and its potential workspace, which I carried out using Pro-E. The trial and error method involved in calculating the dimensions of the Manipulator, and also the difficulty of modeling the structure in Pro-E, taught me a lot of patience and was my first attempt at imitating a research-like environment where I could taste both success and failure.   In further attempts to broaden my horizon, I did a month – long internship at the R division of Sundaram Fasteners at Chennai (Tamil Nadu), in the summer of 2015. I was given an overview on the various facets of the fastener industry; how to design a fastener for normal and aeronautical purposes, what are the manufacturing processes carried out to form and toughen a fastener, how stress analysis on a fastener is carried out using ANSYS and testing machines and so on. This internship succeeded in making me comfortable in solid mechanics as well.  My final year project was carried out at Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), in Trichy (Tamil Nadu, India), under the guidance of Mr. Anand Kumar, Deputy General Manager. BHEL is a leading manufacturer of boilers and boiler components in India. My project was titled “Design of Separator Systems” and was aimed at designing a separator system for a super critical once-through boiler, based on the capacity of the plant and requirements given by the customer, within  the limits and regulations prescribed by the Indian Boiler Regulation (IBR). The project also included stress analysis of supporting shear lugs that would take up the load of the separator.   My role in the project was the 3D modeling of the separator using Pro E and stress analysis using ANSYS simulation software, to verify the compliance of the design obtained from mathematical calculations. The project was for a duration of two months and was well received by the University panel and awarded a grade of 9/10.   With an aim to diversify my interests and to come out of my comfort zone and push my limits, I applied for a position and was selected by Ashok Leyland Ltd. (AL)  as a Graduate Engineer Trainee. In AL, after a brief training period, I was offered an exciting opportunity to work in the company’s new digital initiatives that aimed to revolutionize the Commercial Vehicle Service and Spares market through mobile applications. I’ve been a core team member of one project, and currently managing a second one. My decision to deviate from my core competency and venture into an unknown territory proved to be immensely useful in shaping myself. But the yearning to return to my roots remained and hence my decision to apply for the post graduate course.  My objective of pursuing the Mech. Engg. EPT track at TU Delft is because of the excellent recommendations provided by my friends regarding the course as well as the professors. After going through the extensive course structure provided on the website, I was more than convinced to apply here. During my study at Delft, I would like to work on projects having environmental impact such as:  1. Means of prevention or minimizing the deteriorating effects of oil spills in oceans,  2. Study of effluent dumping in water bodies and means of providing an eco-sustainable method of effluent disposal.  3. Out of the running projects in Delft, I am interested in DisTUrbE: Dispersion in the Turbulent Urban Environment  and would like to focus on creating models and solving for everyday industrial and vehicular air pollution.  After my post-graduate studies, I would like to continue doing research in the fluid mechanics domain and help in solving problems that are linked to betterment of life. I am fully aware of the rigors of this program and believe that I have the dedication and competence to do justice to it. I would like to create a synergy that contributes to the university and benefits me as well. I hope that my application is considered favorably and will be grateful for the opportunity to pursue my dream at your esteemed institution

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