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 monitor my not knowing what it was he did. It was when I was formally introduced to computers in school did I understand what the blue screen was and I knew that the ‘Computer’ would be an integral part of my future. 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 my interests in wanting to know every aspect of what the possibilities with the computer were. It was no surprise to my parents when I decided to pursue an undergraduate degree in computer engineering at the University of Mumbai. My undergraduate study sated my inquisitiveness about how the computer functions to an extent by introduction to the different hardware involved the architecture of the computer 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 my desire to know more. My undergraduate study in the disciplines of computing and information technology has exposed me to a stimulating academic environment where learning and practical applications go handin-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 a solid foundation in computers and a well-honed sense of design to put creative ideas to practice. My strong inclination and sound fundamentals in the area helped me grasp these concepts and I would usually end up being the center of my study group, though I now constantly regret having not performed as well as esteemed professors believed I could in examinations. For my satisfaction was limited to the knowledge and understanding of concepts and never found it necessary to deliver them on paper. My thirst for knowledge drove me to participate in various technical Competitions that included design competitions, technical paper presentations, robotics among many others. I presented papers on topics such as Genetic Algorithm, participated in manual and autonomous robotic competitions that helped me implement the theoretical concepts into practice. I excelled and gained recognition from University faculty at such competitions. My research for a paper on Image processing helped me in developing a software called ‘Steganography’, which involved securing information by hiding it into images and the information could then be retrieved by simply loading the image in the software and typing 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 retail outlet. The project required a user friendly GUI for customers as well as management. For the bill payment mechanism we were required to interface a currency validating machine. This project helped me in acquiring a great deal of knowledge on hardware interfacing, distributed computing and database concepts. Another independent project I did was developing an accounting software for a small company. This was not a challenging project but I used it as an excuse to learn a completely new programming language, thus temporarily satisfying my ever growing desire to learn new things from everything I do.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
Zameer Sura Masters in Computer Science, Fall 2010 I am currently working at Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd. as a software engineer. When I joint Accenture in August 2008 I was part of a team working on internal projects, workload was less so I used my spare time learning everything I could about Microsoft excel macros and vba using which I designed some very useful macros that reduced efforts by 90% and saved days of arduous work for which I received recognition from our senior management. Later in June 2009 I got the opportunity to work on a project for British Telecom in the city of Pune. In the project I am working as an automation tester. Working in my current project has helped me understand the practical limitation of the various software development models. How the various applications integrate to provide a business on the whole has been a valuable learning experience on designing expandable architectures. My job dictates that I closely interact with the designers, developer as well as the business; this perspective has given me advantageous understanding to technical and managerial problems faced in the real-world of the software industry. Working in Pune away from home has also given me the experience of living with others, outside my comfort zone. Living away from family is something I had not experienced earlier and having experienced it now gives me the confidence to survive in any situation. It has been a truly enriching experience to be working in a renowned P-CMM Level 5 Company such as Accenture but I believe I can take my learning curve to the next level by pursuing a Masters Degree in Computer Science. The vast applications and tremendous scope of research in the field of Computer Science has always fascinated me and I have discovered that the area of Software Engineering has captured my interest. My experiences have crystallized in me a strong desire to specialize in the above field. The most evident reason to pursue a graduate degree is the experience of research that one gains during graduate study which is indispensable for the transformation from an enthusiastic beginner to an active researcher in computer science. The independence to work, interdisciplinary research and opportunity to interact with potential students across the globe in an unmatched intellectual atmosphere is an added incentive. I do understand the high level of commitment that your program demands, and I hereby attest to the same and will make every effort to excel in every aspect while at your esteemed university. I do hope that you will give me a chance to be a part of your collaborative student community. I thank you for this opportunity given to me to express myself.

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