Priyanka Gaggar Applying for MS in Electrical EngineeringFall 2010
Statement of Purpose
We are in an era of the ‘Information Revolution’ driven by telecommunication.Communication has evolved from analog telephones to 3G wireless cell-phones inthe past decade. This growth has revolutionized the world in the way we work,think and interact. With the developments in wireless networking, the freedom toaccess information ‘anytime, anywhere’ is in the offing, thereby redefining theconcept of connectivity. Hence, the future belongs to an ‘IP everywhere and over everything era’, packed with wireless interfaces and intensive networking.However, there are many challenges that arise in this interconnected world likemaintaining security, routing, enhancing multimedia networking, etc. Extensiveresearch is required to tackle them. It will be an exciting time in the academies tolearn and participate in this campaign. I would like to do my masters in EEmajoring in wireless communication and networking.
I have been brought up in a family with good academic background. Listening tomy father discussing about the engineering giant Larsen & Toubro Ltd (L&T) thathe is working for and stories of successful scientists and leaders etc. shaped mycharacter. I enjoyed physics and mathematics in school for its preciseness andlogic base. After completing SSC, I decided to take up Diploma in Engineering as Iwanted to develop the basic concepts of engineering before entering Bachelorsdegree. I completed my Diploma in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineeringfrom Larsen & Toubro Institute of Technology. Diploma course was of 4 yrsIndustry Integrated which included 1 year Inplant training in 2 companies. Iundertook my first 6 months training at Larsen & Toubro’s (L&T’s) HeavyEngineering Department (HED). I undertook the next 6 months of industrial trainingat L&T Infotech, Network Operation Center. Here I got an opportunity to dosomething different besides the electronics stream. My job here was to designlearning website for L&T Infotech and develop various software. I got anopportunity to learn different software related programming. I secured 1st positionin diploma with 81%. I have been felicitated by Chairman & Managing Director of Larsen & Toubro Group of Companies & by the President (Electrical &Electronics), Board member of Larsen & Toubro Group of Companies, Mumbai for academic excellence. Having performed exceptionally well, I was offered an entryinto sophomore year of undergraduate engineering degree in Mumbai University.I attended an online seminar by the telecom guru-‘Sam Pitroda’ in my sophomoreyear. His views on the ‘telecom boom’ and its importance for economic growthinspired me. My mind dwelt on his innovative ideas and I consideredtelecommunication was rightly the subject of my preference. I also began enjoyingthe core subjects such as signal processing, wave propagation and mobilecommunication systems. My participation in college level networking contests alsobrought interest in computer and wireless networking. I was particularly fascinatedabout wireless sensor networks, about devices communicating multimediaamongst them. With the help of my professors, I went ahead to undertake adetailed study about the different networking protocols. I learnt a good deal aboutPersonal Area Networks, something which appealed to me. I was keen to learnabout the entire process of authentication and confidentiality of data in a multinetwork environment.