STATEMENT OF PURPOSE Engineering is inherently interdisciplinary in nature as different streams compliment the functioning of each other to reach a common objective. The way we are witnessing a staggering growth in the arena of computers and electronics shows that humans are expanding the horizons each passing moment and newer dimensions of knowledge await us. The combination of electrical and computer engineering ECE brings about the best of technologies which are the driving force behind the progress of other fields of engineering. Having been introduced to the stream of electronics and telecommunications EXTC, I have realized the potential that ECE can achieve and I wish to be a part of the contributing minds in the near future who would find innovative solutions and work towards the betterment of mankind.None of my parents come from an engineering background but since childhood I was a technology buff and took to computers and electronic gadgets from an early age. Being a good student at the school I was in the top 10 percentile in my senior secondary and chose the stream of science for my further studies. Upon the completion of my junior college, I opted for engineering as through it one could get to understand the heart of technology. I went on to enrol in the Bachelors of EXTC from Ramrao Adik Institute Of Technology, Mumbai University. During the initial part of my undergraduate program I struggled to strike a balance between academics and co-curricular activities as I faced backlogs in few subjects. Taking a lesson from the failures I bounced back and improved my performance towards the latter half of the program and have managed to secure an overall CGPA of 6.18/10.Being introduced to various subjects in the domain of electronics and telecommunications gave me a good understanding of the basics of the field. Apart from gaining the theoretical know-how about the domain I also got an opportunity to undertake various practical projects during my Bachelor’s program which boosted my technical skills. In the third year of the program I developed a project about the ‘fastest finger first’ buzzer circuit which gave me a practical understanding of microcontrollers and their applications. While in my final year, I undertook an academic project on ‘Automated PCB Drilling Machine’. In this the holes were drilled automatically using the image of the circuit thereby eliminating the need of manual techniques. The purpose of this project was to make a prototype for the small scale industry because the current machines used in drilling the PCB holes are expensive and could be used by large scale industries. Working on this project gave me a good understanding about both the hardware aspect through Arduino Uno board, stepper and DC motors, as well as about the software like MATLAB and EAGLE PCB layout development software.My activities during the undergraduate program haven’t only been academic and technical in nature as I have been an active member of the college’s cricket and football teams. I have also participated in many debates held at the college and had been the event head in the college’s cultural fest. I have also been closely associated with local NGOs and have done a lot of social work. This has included work for an NGO called Happy Birthday Bharat where every month we celebrate the birthdays of Homeless kids and I have also worked in close association with the Jain community where I have run campaigns to collect donations for the poor and needy. These experiences have kept me in close contact with reality and I believe that my technical knowledge can be a lot of help for the underprivileged people which is motivating me to studyUday Punmiya MS in ECE Fall 2017 University of _________and learn about my field of education even further so that I can find relevant and long term solutions.Throughout my endeavors for learning, I have gone ahead and undertaken extra initiatives which could help me consolidate my understanding of the domain. In this regards I have attended workshops on Raspberry Pi, Basics of VLSI and even organized an IEEE cloud computing workshop. Additionally, I also completed a certification course in CCNA which has broadened my knowledgebase and has given me a good understanding of the networking aspects. While going through these experiences I realized the importance of a higher education which would give me an all-round exposure alongside giving me in-depth insights. Thus, I plan to pursue an MS in ECE which will bring in holistic perspective required to stay on the top in today’s competitive world.I believe that a good educational environment can make the difference between good and great. That is why some of the leading companies, organizations, institutions and best minds are operating in a country like USA that has been home to cutting-edge technologies for many decades now. The _________ University, one of the most renowned names across the world encapsulates the essence of your country that has been welcoming students from across the globe and giving them benefits like financial aid and offering grant schemes. The MS in ECE program offered at your esteemed university consists of detailed coursework and the modules are designed in such a way that equal importance is given to theory, practical, case studies, projects and internships. This balanced approach is what gives you the edge of the rest, thereby making it one of the top education destinations. I hope that I get an opportunity to learn under the aegis of your esteemed faculty who will help me hone not only my technical skills but will help me develop my leadership skills that will set my career on the right track wherein I could achieve my future goals. The coursework including modules such as ____________, _________ and _______ pique my interests and therefore I would like to urge the graduate department to consider my application for the Fall 2017 intake with possible financial aid.