Essay on Application for Graduate Program in Electronics

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One of the biggest influences in my childhood was my uncle. He was an amateur ham radio operator and a dedicated electronics hobbyist. This was in the mid 1990s-India, where specialized electronic systems were prohibitively expensive, leading to growth of homebrew culture. I used to sit in his room every evening and observe with wonder, as he operated his homebrew radio setup, building strong connections with people across vast distances. His room which also served as his workshop, was stuffed with a bewildering array of components and spare parts. Noticing me lurking around, he would call me and try to explain the basics, I would nod enthusiastically as he mumbled away, but being in primary school I could never make head nor tail of it. …show more content…

Until that point, I had chosen computer science courses as it was the closest I could get to learning electronics. Over the duration of my undergrad life, as I spent more and more time embroiled in my major subjects, this chain of reasoning proved to be perfectly true.

The VLSI Design course in my fifth semester drew my attention towards microminiaturization technology. My reasons for such a focus were manifold; I had a brilliant professor for this course, who placed great emphasis on the cutting edge research happening at the micro scale. Also, VLSI is the crucial link between electronic circuits and computers, both of which are subjects close to my heart. Consequently, I selected the VLSI/ULSI process technologies elective in the subsequent semester. This course introduced me to the physics behind actual fabrication methodologies employed in the semiconductor industry. It brought back memories of the awe and wonder I had felt in my childhood. At this juncture, I resolved to explore the microscale in greater detail. In the seventh semester, I filled all three elective slots with courses allowing me to follow up on my resolution; BIO-MEMS (Micro Electronic and Mechanical Systems), Miniature Microwave Circuits and Material Science for Micro and Nanotechnology electives.

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It was my good fortune, to have found an excellent mentor in Dr. VHS Moorthy, who taught me both MEMS and

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