The foremost aspect that draws me to Mechatronics is my perception of it. I firmly believe that Mechatronics is to the 21st century what Mechanical Engineering was to the 19th century: a new paradigm. This perception was ignited with my cognizance of the start of autonomy; augmentation of electronic watches and clocks in the early 90’s. In my opinion, autonomy is a fairly genetic term used to describe our future- which is why I cannot see myself engaging in any other major.
My interest in Science, particularly engineering and problem solving, has developed throughout my time at school, and I relish the challenge of using scientific and mathematical ideas when applied to everyday problems. Last year, I started my own iOS application “Mibrarian”. Mibrarian is an application which provides users with a single-entry point to different music libraries on different services, allowing users to sign into all three accounts at once and browse their music libraries from one application instead of logging into 3 different applications. This experience helped me develop my time management skills and problem-solving capabilities, as I encountered several problems along the way, as well as having to cope with long hours of work to meet my self-imposed deadline. I found this experience challenging and rewarding. I learned to fully appreciate concepts such as project planning, flexibility and creativity.
A project that inspired me, is the use of electric field resonance for wireless power transfer, I first read about this in the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics Vol. 63. This technology has endless applications, one which I believe is the most important application is the wireless charging of electric vehicles. I then deduced, if an electric car enters the electric field fully charged for example, complications may occur, which is why simultaneous transfer of data related to the battery status and vehicle ID is crucial. This project shows how advances in the industrial electronics industry can inspire solutions to engineering problems in the automotive industry and create new innovations which change our lives. My enthusiasm for Physics and Sciences extends past my own learning; at school, I was assigned as a tutor for a struggling IGCSE Physics student. Management skills and ease of communication are some of the many skills A-level Business has taught me.
I believe, good practical links between engineers and businesses are essential for an efficient and profitable future, the most imminent example of this is Tesla Inc. Although it may be considered the savior of the automotive industry, its business expenditure is through the roof, $480,000 an hour, at this rate Tesla is expected by stakeholders to go bankrupt by the end of 2018. The application and analysis of Physics phenomena and the mathematical language which is involved in engineering will give me a chance to explore more practical application than is possible at A-Level, my independent reading has already exposed me to how the mathematical models of practical mechatronic systems have developed from physics relationships Outside the classroom, I have participated in many activities that have helped build my teamwork, leadership and time management skills. I am an avid basketball player, I have captained the Junior Varsity and Varsity teams at school both under coaching from former NCAA player Amadou Ba. I was chosen as Captain because of my dedication and ability to lead under pressure.
Simultaneously, I was a Student Athletic Mentor, Head Coach of the Middle school basketball team and Assistant Coach to the Junior Varsity team. I believe I have the academic ability, passion and personal attributes that are suited to studying Mechatronics engineering at university and to pursue a successful career in this field, where I can help shape a sustainable and autonomous future.