EMBEDDED SYSTEMS SOP

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?”

This renowned quote by Albert Einstein strongly resembles the rationale of research. To unearth new technologies has always been my desire and it has motivated me to pursue a career in engineering. As I come across new innovations, my first predicament is to understand the technology behind it. For example, when I heard about Automatic Energy Meter Reading System launched by Larsen and Toubro, I could not resist myself from learning the minutiae of this new product. After reading several research papers and perusing the internet, I realized that this technology was implemented using an intelligent microprocessor which forms the nucleus of embedded systems. Comprehending the theoretical concept, my anxiety lured me to put this innovation into practice and I ended up developing a ‘Wireless Electricity Meter’ as my final year diploma project.

The advancements in the field of Embedded systems have stimulated technological progress in a number of industries. Through independent research I have realized that all the discoveries made in automobile, consumer electronics, biomedical, automation sectors etc. are a confluence of hardware and software. To learn both these aspects, I directly undertook a three year diploma course in Electronics and Telecommunications engineering after my tenth grade. I successfully completed this program with first class distinction and was then admitted toDwarkadas. J. Sanghvi College of Engineering, which is one of the prestigious schools under Mumbai University.

In the undergraduate program, courses such as Microprocessors and Microcontrollers, Signal Processing, Digital Communication, Discrete Time Signal Processing, Data Compression and Encryption and several others helped me build a foundation to embark on further research at the graduate level. A commitment to hard work has enabled me to achieve an aggregate of 78.79% in the first four semesters and a 10th rank in second year and 7th rank in third year among 80 students of my class, earning me the distinguished J.R.D. Tata Trust Scholarship in recognition of my excellent academic achievements.

My objective has always been to understand the fundamentals of each subject thoroughly, perform research, come up with new innovative ideas and convey this to common people. This attribute helped me represent my undergraduate school in several technical paper presentations where I spoke on topics like ‘Audio Frequency Track Circuit’ and ‘SCADA Technology’. The fundamental theme behind these technologies was the integration of hardware and software. Winning 2nd prize in State Level Technical Paper Presentation further boosted my confidence. Listening to my co-participants speak about advance technologies at these presentations further improved my keen on embedded systems.

I strongly believe in turning theoretical knowledge into practice. I undertook several projects during my academic calendar including ‘Automatic Petrol Pump with Punch Card Reader’, ‘Multipurpose Biometric Based Security System’, ‘Segway’ and ‘Home Automation using Parallel Port’. All these projects were a mix of hardware and software and were based on 8085, 8086, 8051, PIC18 and AVR family microcontrollers. They helped me gain practical knowledge and skills, including become proficient at MPLAB, LABVIEW, KEIL, ORCAD and VHDL. These projects provided me various opportunities to participate in national level and state level project competition and exhibition.

My final year undergraduate project ‘USB to USB Direct Data Transfer’ is based on PIC18 family microcontroller commonly known as Vinculum microcontroller. This device will allow the user to transfer data from one USB device toanother without using a personal computer.This project will be implemented using VEVAL development board, which has two USB slots, one for Host USB and other for Peripheral USB. It will exchange files having .jpg, .bmp, .doc and .xls extension. Undertaking this project itself taught me that there are no limits and boundaries in the field of embedded systems.

Apart from my academics, to gain deep knowledge of one of the microcontroller families, I undertook a Summer Training and Internship program at Think Labs, IIT Mumbai. Here I developed a small project called ‘Propeller Alarm Clock based on RTOS’ using ATMEGA64 microcontroller IC, which belongs to family of AVR microcontrollers. My job was to develop a working code using WINAVR software, simulate it and boot load this program into IC.  This project not only helped me explore new advancements in the field of microcontrollers but also reaffirmed my desire to pursue further education and a career in embedded systems.

GeorgiaTech is one of the very few universities providing extensive academic resources along with superior education in the field of embedded systems.This school would be an ideal school for me because of its well rounded curriculum and research areas. Learning___________ course under professors like ________________ and ________________ would make a considerable impact on my career. The ongoing research in the field of __________ under professors _____________ and __________ have been something that I always wanted to be a part of. Interacting with them and grasping valuable inputs will provide me with an excellent opportunity to evolve, both in my career and quest for knowledge.

With my background and qualifications, I am confident that I will satisfy the expectations set forth for an incoming student. I look forward to pursuing my graduate education at your highly respected institution.