Sample Statement of Purpose (RAMS)

Risk has taken a central position as one of the most significant modern-day concepts, for the world has fallen victim to several catastrophic disasters which provoke growing concerns and a need to concentrate on the daily hazards associated with a wide range of activities such as construction of complex buildings, operations of chemical plants, use of air, road, sea and rail transport etc. It is agreeable that the most trivial error in car mechanics, for example, can cause brake failure and result in life-threatening accidents. Ensuring that humans and the environment are kept relatively safe from imminent threats in a world of complex products and systems is therefore a sole responsibility of RAMS (Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety), to which I am humbly indebted.

I am particularly fascinated by the increasing complexity of modern systems and products. Most technical inventions are an assemblage of electronics, mechanical components and software. Notably, the global relations between these interwoven technical systems and the socio-economical structures have become closely intertwined and yet, inter-dependent. A close observation of the oil & gas, space and nuclear industries shows some structured approaches have been applied to quantitatively predict RAMS product/system performance, and systematically pinpoint and eliminate unwanted RAMS characteristics. Despite the recorded successes, there’s great need for continuous upgrading and enhancement of the current approaches for efficiency and accuracy.

While other industries are yet to embrace the value of RAMS despite the skyrocketing liability claims due to harm caused by product defects; product recalls and its characteristic financial losses; as well as the increasing chunk of gross sales munched by warranty costs, it is my desire to acquire a broad view in this technical field through master thesis and project works at the renowned Norwegian University of Science & Technology.

Completing a master’s degree program at your institution will bolster my knowledge, skills and professional competence; it will also aid my life-dream of playing a prominent part in sensitizing customers, governments and industries on the need for RAMS while building on my proficiency in NASTRAN, ANSA and PERMAS, among others.

During my undergraduate studies at Viswanadha Institute of Technology & Management (2011), where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, and later at GITAM University (Masters in CAD/CAM), I proved myself a proactive, performance-driven, and dynamic team player with demonstrated leadership skills. In my four-year professional experience, I have worked on different automotive CAE projects, particularly on HyperMesh and HyperView, as well as OptiStruct and Abaqus. My core competencies include some experience in surface-based modelling, shell meshing, and solid meshing. I am also conversant with CAD (CATIA & Pro/Engineer); Programming basics in Python & Tel/Tk; MS Office Applications (Word, Excel and PowerPoint); and CAE (HyperWorks, Abacus etc.)

In addition to my current job responsibilities as a Technical Leader in CAE department at Hyundai Mobis India Research & Development Private Limited, I have proficiency in performing squeal prediction and counter measure study on Conventional Brake system, Torque analysis of Drum Brake, Pressure analysis of Disc Brake, material correlation, modal analysis of different components of Brake system, Shape optimization and topology optimization of Brake components. Remarkably, I earned recognition from Central Institute of Tool Design in 2013 for my analytic, creative, technical, troubleshooting, result-oriented and error-proof skills.

I am highly motivated and curious about the most effective ways of enhancing product safety and circumventing technical faults in systems. As a prospective graduate student who is intrigued by theoretical and practical problems, I believe that my experience with various modules of an automobile, which has equipped me with an indebt knowledge of several safety measures, and an idea about better alternatives to fossil fuels, deserve thorough vetting at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology. Under guidance from your team of highly experienced professors and lecturers, I am anxious to learn about the recent developments in analytical techniques such as computer modelling of risk, reliability and safety problems, including the following fascinating courses: Human Factors Method, Systems Reliability, Data Analysis and Stimulation, Risk Assessment & Safety Management, Learning from Disasters, Environmental Impact Assessment etc.

The higher-level research courses aim to provide students with an understanding of safety, risk and reliability engineering in both qualitative and quantitative manner, and to develop the skills to apply this understanding in the professional world. Acquainting myself with the recent developments in analytical techniques – computer modelling of risk, reliability and safety problems – would also be an added boost to my flourishing career.

All study and no play make a mess of students’ general wellbeing so, I enjoy rewinding from the hassles of academic life by traveling, learning languages, watching educative movies and swimming.

My long-term goal is to pursue a profession in teaching and research in the field of mechanical engineering, and I am convinced that studying for a Master of Science degree at one of Europe’s largest academic environment will be a great privilege, one that I intend to appreciate by making meaningful contributions towards achieving both personal and institutional goals.

I look forward to receiving a favorable response from your admissions committee.