MikKar Posted April 27, 2013 Share Posted April 27, 2013 Dear all, I will submit my SOP for a M.A.Sc in EE program shortly. Guidelines are that the SOP should be on a maximum of 2 pages, outline goals for the program, aptitude, preparation for the field of study, and information about funding. I tried to make it as focused as possible and highlight my strengths and preparation (well, I think I did) so I would like to have opinions as it is possible that I have some sentences which might be shortened or just taken out. Feel free to shoot me down I edited out the names of Professors and University for easier readability by inserting X, Y, etc. Here is the SOP : To the respect admission committee, I am writing to express my interest in pursuing a Masters of Applied Science (M.A.Sc) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at X. With courses such as detection and estimation of signals in noise, mobile communications networks and wireless communications systems and excellent researchers such as Professor Y and Professor Z driving the field of wireless communications forward, preparing for a Masters of Applied Science at X will give me a strong grounding in wireless communications. This program will be a thorough preparation for my career path as a research engineer in the field of wireless communications and help me fulfill my goal of contributing to the standardization of advanced wireless technologies at the 3GPP. I am most interested in the research conducted by the Data Communications Research Group, in the Communications Systems research area. More specifically: I am interested in leading research on the design and performance evaluation of signal processing techniques for wireless communication systems and investigating cross-layer design issues in cellular networks. There are two ideas that I have been exploring for my graduate level research plan. The first plan I would like to propose for my graduate level research is the investigation of the impact of modeling imperfect channel state information at the transmitter in OFDMA relay-networks and quantitatively evaluate this impact at the system level through computer simulations. The second plan I would like to propose is to lead graduate level research on novel and efficient ways of sending data at the physical layer in massively MIMO systems in OFDMA networks, and quantitatively evaluate the gains in performance through computer simulations in low mobility environments. My research interests and proposals for graduate research will be well complemented and supported by UBC faculty members: Professor Y, whose research interests are in wireless communications at the physical layer and cross-layer design, and Professor Z, whose research interests are in the area of efficient, reliable and secure transmission of information in mobile radio communications. What makes X stand out from the rest are the topics its Data Communications Research Group focuses on: the design and evaluation of algorithms for communication systems. This is precisely the sort of research that I want to lead in my graduate studies since I have been doing similar work at A for the last three years, using system level simulators. I am also particularly impressed by the Data Communications Research Group’s supportive attitude towards innovation and collaboration with companies and academic institutions, as I have the ambition of working in the 3GPP standard and such an attitude is required in that sort of environment. My academic experience at B and my research experience at A have provided me with a strong background and preparation for a graduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at X. My colleagues at A gave me the opportunity to do applied research in wireless communications. This opportunity helped me grow both as a researcher and as a person and gave me the inspiration to pursue graduate study to further my education and build on my experience. X’s strong graduate program in electrical engineering, with excellent researchers and broad coursework, the plans I am proposing for my graduate level research at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department and the research experience I have acquired at A are all key parts that feed into my penultimate goal of working as a leading researcher at the 3GPP standard and drive and contribute to the development of advanced cellular technologies. The M.A.Sc program will help me grow further as a researcher, and I am very confident that my experience in the industry will help me make a very positive contribution to the on-going research work at X. Finally, as far as funding is concerned, I have not applied for any scholarship or funding as I can financially support myself. I have been working for the last 4 years, during which I have saved the amount of N, which I can use for the whole length of the M.A.Sc program. My parents can also provide me with financial assistance if at any point it is needed and I am able to accept an admission offer that would not include any form of funding. Also, there are no scholarship programs based on performance in France, so I have not been awarded any of these. I would like to thank the admissions committee for reading my application, and look forward to your decision. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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