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PHD Building Construction, Turkey

I am a young man from Turkey who lives for what I like to think of as art stuck into the ground. I am enormously pleased to take such deep delight in my field of study. Construction for me is progress, and continuing to prepare myself every day to become increasingly adept in construction management brings me my greatest fulfillment in life. I am especially interested in doing Ph.D. work in 4D modeling tools, building information modeling, and architecture in virtual reality.

My deep and abiding passion for construction engineering inspired me to become the President of the Civil Engineering Society at Sakarya University, where I received my undergraduate degree. I see engineering as a way to give back to society and make an indelible impression on the world through one’s career. I feel strongly that the most significant contribution that I might be able to drive to society would be to become a well-known and appreciated researcher in my area of expertise, at the cutting edge of the crossover between the construction industry and computer-based technology. I am working on my master's thesis dealing with building information modeling, generally speaking, and tools that can be adapted to construction management education, mainly. I want very much to continue my education to the terminal degree, the Ph.D., primarily because I thrive doing research.

While perhaps my Masters’ Degree is of most critical importance to my application, I also feel strongly that my professional experience is a critically important aspect of my application. Serving as an assistant to the faculty here at XXXX State University’s Construction Management Department has been my greatest accomplishment so far, with duties entailing assisting the department chair, taking a very active role in departmental organizations, and complementing my formal study by helping faculty members with their research. My recent accomplishments, for example, have included a self-evaluation study for renewal of accreditation to the SPSU Construction Management Department.

 Other positions have also been critical to building my professional identity and skill level, especially my experience working in Afghanistan from January through September of 2006; I served as Site Superintendent for XXXX Construction Industry & Trade Inc. My primary duties included day-to-day operations and supervision of 50 employees performing pavement construction tasks. I oversaw asphalt production, AWC, ATB pavement, DBST production, and various base course and sub-base stabilizing types. I was also responsible for preparing daily and monthly reports and schedules and coordinating and attending meetings with site engineers. Furthermore, my most recent position as a subcontractor with the XXXX Company has provided me with professional experience on still a more extensive scale since I have been responsible for overseeing the day-to-day construction project operations and the supervision of 250 employees performing all construction tasks (pavement, earthworks, and structure works) virtually. I see this experience as invaluable in refining my skills in handling multi-task operations, hiring and supervising sub-contractors, supplying operations, and performing other related tasks on projects that I oversee from start to finish.

My first choice for Ph.D. studies is XXXX’s Building Construction Program because I hope to take full advantage of the enormous resources available throughout the College of Architecture. It is important to me that I become the kind of well-rounded researcher that will be able to make essential contributions to my field. My interests align well with the program at XXXX, and yours is the optimal choice for a program where I would be most comfortable giving my all. Thank you for considering my application, and I look forward with keen anticipation to making the most significant contribution to your program.


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