I first noticed the rush of pursuing a profession in
Computer Science, when I read about Prof. Andrew Wiles, who spent seven years
in isolation, solving the toughest riddle of mathematics. Since then, the
passion to excel and to innovate has always hosted a hungry and foolish soul in
For my 13th birthday, my parents had gifted me a
techno-thriller novel by Dan Brown – Digital Fortress. The most tempting part
of the novel wasn’t the underlying mystery, rather it was the introduction to
the world of cryptography and cybersecurity. The book increased my curiosity
towards computer science and prompted me to try my hand at puzzles, anagrams,
and problem-solving. My aptitude in these skills gradually developed into a
flair for programming and love for code, which, in the last few years, has expanded
into a love for machine learning, cryptography and data science.
At the same time, I love intellectual challenges. Nothing
pleases me more than coming up with a neat solution to a difficult problem. I
have always performed well in all science and technical subjects and find it
exciting to apply the knowledge to practical problems.
At the undergraduate level, my interests became more
focused. Although computer programming and object-oriented concepts came easy
to me, it was cryptography and machine learning that really captured my
interest. During the first three semesters, I had mastered full stack
development developing dozens of website and web application while working with
a couple of start-ups. It was very easy for me to incorporate my knowledge of
different libraries within the aspects of machine learning and neural networks.
This programming attitude helped me to get selected as a Student Developer in
Google Summer of Code 2017 with SPDX, an open source organisation.
After working with my object-oriented professor in his
research lab during the 4th semester, I was pretty much convinced that research
is necessary to acquire data and formulate theories, but it is just as
important to know how to apply those theories and use that data in the real world.
My increasing interest in exploring the horizons of computer science led me to
one of the top research institutes in India, Central Electronics Engineering
Research Institute (CEERI), near our college where we can take up projects and
work with excellent professors. It has an outstanding
infrastructure setup and a stimulating, world-class research environment. This
enabled me to work with some of the best minds dedicated to engineering
research in my country. I gained a lot from this association – in particular,
an idea of how rewarding and meaningful a career in research could be. There, I
found that machine learning can take over many repetitive, mindless tasks.
Now, after having acquired the basic knowledge, skills,
aptitude and work experience in the field of machine learning and data
sciences, I feel this is the apt time to pursue my research interest and
strongly believe that my aptitude and aspirations find a terrific match in your
program. I believe I possess the skills needed for a successful research
scientist: the passion, determination, creativity and communication skills
which would be my sword and shield in the research world. “I can, I will,
I must” – The logo of my high school coaching institute keeps me
passionate and energetic for pursuing research.
My ultimate goal in my career is to make a worthy
contribution to the computing world either by starting an innovative venture or
doing research which would change the dimensions of future computing systems
and the way we perceive the computers. I am able to envision a rewarding career
in machine learning for myself, one that aligns with my skills and passion.
It is no secret that most of the cutting edge research and
developments come from various US universities and research departments. Also,
the faculty and labs are certainly among the best in the world. Browsing the
pages of the university’s website, I find myself certain that pursuing this
program is the ideal step for my career. I believe that
“Accomplishments lie within the reach of those who reach beyond themselves”. I
am a confident and hardworking individual and will definitely make my own
humble contribution in enhancing the image and reputation of the program.