As a child, growing up in Iran, I had always been in awe of this massive complex of towering skyscrapers, our famous Milad tower, like Toronto's Space Needle which seemingly defies the laws of physics, and our city's manufacturing hub that supplies most of Iran and exports to the world our engineered goods. Surrounded by so much technology, the airplanes screaming from our four airports, the bustling metro, the huge network of highways which seem to draw all of Iran to our metropolis, I feel invigorated, excited and wanting to become a part of what makes all of this marvelous industrial progress function.
Quieter times, even from a very young age, would find me playing chess with friends and family. My mind seemed in tune with the game, being able to not merely anticipate moves, but perceive the potential in numerous arrangements of pieces. I found myself not only memorizing where the pieces were, but also seeing the patterns laid out in my mind's eye, remembering them, and being able to play from these recollections even months later, manipulating them, and letting them evolve.
Being born into a family that has always encouraged utilizing to the fullest extent our inherent gifts, I have succeeded in every academic venture I have undertaken. I have adopted my parents standards of how to conduct yourself in life, to be disciplined, persistent in your pursuits and above all to work hard at everything you do. I have an inquisitive nature, and enjoy challenges and mysteries. I resolved to take on the intellectual challenges Mechanical Engineering offered and dedicate my life to this pursuit.
For the past seven years, I have maintained a conceptual continuity in my academic career. Beginning with my time in high school, I have immersed myself in the pursuit of increasing my communication skills in English and proficiency in algebra, trigonometry, as well as calculus and computer courses. I found that my greatest strength and enjoyment in math was in vectors, differential and integral calculus. My BS in Mechanical Engineering, along with being in introduced to the basics, focused my research on the design and manufacture of plastic injection moulds. At the same time I was introduced to and have subsequently become proficient in the use of Abaqus, Solid Work, AutoCAD, Mastercam, Ansys and Matlab software packages as well as increasing my English technical writing and communication skills.
Indeed, my research team and I have already become published in the area of fracture mechanics, with an article entitled, Predicting the Fracture Mechanics Parameter (C*) in Compact Tension Specimin Using Artificial Nueral Networks. In addition to this, I am preparing a manuscript entitled, The C* Parameter in Compact Tension Specimen using the Finite Element Method. During my research work, I found that many times, my partners were turning to me for advice and trusting in my decisions. Whether it was my focus, my drive, or my personality, I clearly see that I have a future in a leadership position, possibly overseeing the operation of a large system. It is my understanding that PhD candidates will become future leaders in the industry, in research, lead seminars for the betterment of the industry, teach future engineers, and I feel that I have a solid foundation in all of these areas.
Utilizing the latest technologies. XXU will aid me in narrowing my focus yet again to determine my path or paths in the Mechanical Engineering world, be it R&D, manufacturing, systems management, or a combination thereof. Wherever I choose to go, I will be fully equipped to make a difference. Any relationship requires give and take, and I feel I bring much to the equation, not the least of which is my cultural competency formed from personal experiences in my homeland, a place rich in its tapestry of cultures and customs.I thank you for your time, consideration and I look forward to a personal interview.