STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Zameer Sura Masters in Computer Science, Fall 2010 As a child I had always been fascinated with watching my uncle work on his blue screen monitormy not knowing what it was he did. It was when I was formally introduced to computers in school did Iunderstand what the blue screen was and I knew that the ‘Computer’ would be an integral part of myfuture. The joy I used to get watching the computer draw simple figures on execution of my first lines of code in DOS. The ever growing popularity and functionality of computers around me cemented myinterests in wanting to know every aspect of what the possibilities with the computer were. It was nosurprise to my parents when I decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in computer engineering atthe University of Mumbai. My undergraduate study sated my inquisitiveness about how the computerfunctions to an extent by introduction to the different hardware involved the architecture of thecomputer and the plethora of computer languages. The Internet with its mysterious ways revealed itself.I was amazed by its complexity of the protocols that form its each architectural layer, increasing mydesire to know more.My undergraduate study in the disciplines of computing and information technology hasexposed me to a stimulating academic environment where learning and practical applications go hand-in-hand. The broad spectrum of courses in the fields of systems security, computer networks,distributed computing, object oriented analysis and design, database management have instilled in me asolid foundation in computers and a well-honed sense of design to put creative ideas to practice. Mystrong inclination and sound fundamentals in the area helped me grasp these concepts and I wouldusually end up being the center of my study group, though I now constantly regret having notperformed as well as esteemed professors believed I could in examinations. For my satisfaction waslimited to the knowledge and understanding of concepts and never found it necessary to deliver themon paper.My thirst for knowledge drove me to participate in various technical Competitions that includeddesign competitions, technical paper presentations, robotics among many others. I presented papers ontopics such as Genetic Algorithm, participated in manual and autonomous robotic competitions thathelped me implement the theoretical concepts into practice. I excelled and gained recognition fromUniversity faculty at such competitions. My research for a paper on Image processing helped me indeveloping a software called ‘Steganography’, which involved securing information by hiding it intoimages and the information could then be retrieved by simply loading the image in the software andtyping the password. Another project that I worked on involved a fully functional "two pass assembler"to convert mnemonic operation codes to their machine language codes.My final year project, Retail Automation System, was a kiosk that can be installed in any retailoutlet. The project required a user friendly GUI for customers as well as management. For the billpayment mechanism we were required to interface a currency validating machine. This project helpedme in acquiring a great deal of knowledge on hardware interfacing, distributed computing and databaseconcepts. Another independent project I did was developing an accounting software for a smallcompany. This was not a challenging project but I used it as an excuse to learn a completely newprogramming language, thus temporarily satisfying my ever growing desire to learn new things fromeverything I do.