Mechanical Engineering Personal Statement

Arijey Sura  is currently a first year undergraduate reading MEng Mechanical Engineering at University College London. This personal statement was part of his successful application to UCL, University of Manchester and University of Bristol for Mechanical Engineering.


Speed. My love affair with engineering began with speed; the cutting edge technology of Formula 1 racing. The Kinetic Energy Recovering System, hitched my heart immediately. Kinetic energy recovered during braking is stored as electrical energy, then used to boost torque between the fly and drive wheels. Such sophistication ignited my curiosity to explore this field of mechanics leading me to spearhead the Robotics Initiative of my school. We designed and programmed robots with ultrasonic and light sensors, integrating data received to perform various tasks. By equipping solar panels to the motors, our robots raised the Malaysian flag when the Sun was up. Despite complications due to energy-load proportions, we achieved success by manipulating gear ratios, increasing total force.

Engineering however, isn’t limited to moving particles. Its versatility complements my profound yet diverse passions. The Physics A-Level course supplemented my interests. As a pianist I was curious as to how 88 piano keys produced various pitches. Deriving the standing wave equation relating tension and frequency, explained this. I investigated the piano further, noticing the thickness differential in the wire wound strings. The different materials used fascinated me; lower pitch wires were coated with copper to increase mass yet maintain string stiffness. Appreciating this detail, the length-mass-tension ratio, in producing seemingly asynchronous waves that formed perfect melody, made music more colourful. I admire the application of Maths and Physics in this manner and my achievement in the National Science Challenge, that tested proficiency of both fields, reflects this.

Studying Economics provided a new viewpoint of the engineering world as I learnt the cost benefit analysis that tests the practicality of projects. My internship with United Engineers of Malaysia (UEM) reinforced this as I engaged in discussions to migrate the mechanical systems of UEM towards green engineering. Ideas of equipping thermocouples to condenser units of air conditioners; using unwanted heat as an energy source, intrigued me. However its feasibility was questioned, when implementation costs outweighed benefits. I learnt of the financial truth behind engineering and how economics links a concept to its reality.

Engineering inspires. The philosophy of the small but powerful carbon nanotubes (CNTs) captivates me. Superficially, it’s just another allotrope, graphene; mere pencil lead, but under the lenses of engineering, endless possibilities unveil. Humble upbringings made me relate to this simple pencil. Yet, with positive pressure and support I received, as do CNTs through orbital hybridisation, I displayed strength. 2 years ago, a football injury left me on crutches. My inability to walk led me to empathise with amputees who suffer worse. I realised my passion of prosthetics through this and researched its future prospects. I read up on CNTs, an immensely light body with greater tensile strength than steel. Its ability to contract rapidly when connected to a significant voltage meant, CNTs could potentially be more efficient than organic muscles. The works of Easton LaChappelle inspired me. At 17, he started Unlimited Tomorrow, producing affordable prosthetics using 3D printers. Till now my passion remains. I aspire to further integrate CNTs in prosthetic development to reduce its cost and reading engineering would support this.

The two greatest days of a man’s life is the day he’s born, and the day he finds out why. Job shadowing an engineer highlighted the latter. Designing actuator valves in refrigerant flow cycles to increase its efficiency, prompted me of what I already knew – that second great day was when I realised, relating to a pencil was alright. My past brought rationality and flexibility to detect mistakes, quickly sketching new ideas. A trait valued in every field, especially engineering. That second great day, ignited my passion in engineering.


DISCLAIMER: The personal statements on this site are strictly meant as a starting point to give an idea of how successful personal statements look like. There is no surefire formula to writing good personal statements. COLLEGELAH IS STRICTLY AGAINST PLAGIARISM OF ANY KINDUCAS employs a plagiarism check system that checks applicants’ work against other published writing so please DO NOT PLAGIARISE.

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Mechanical Engineering Personal Statement

This Personal Statement was part of this student’s sucessful application to study  Engineering Science at University of Oxford, Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, University College London, University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh


Semi-autonomous wheelchair, a smart breakthrough by the innovative engineers, benefits people who suffer from severe and multiple handicaps. With my boundless enthusiasm towards Mathematics and Physics, I intend to pursue Mechanical Engineering as it has a direct relationship with the real life applications from the typical automobile industry to the production of renewable energy like windmill system. Undoubtedly, most of the industries involve the usage of numerous mechanical machines and devices, it is certain that Mechanical Engineering will continue to be a pioneer of the technologies applied in it.

Among all of the Physics topics that I have learnt, Electromagnetism is definitely one of my favourite topics. This particular topic has broadened my knowledge on how electrical energy is converted into mechanical energy in an electric motor which gives mankind the ease in transportation and construction, just to name a few. Having an inquisitive nature, I had read the book “Industrial Motor Control” by Stephen Herman. This book gave me a better understanding how motors are designed for different industry purposes. One of the interesting aspects that attracted me the most is that DC motors are usually used in applications where speed control is crucial. For instance, the loads carried by cranes must be started slowly and accelerated quickly. Moreover, I also refer to other sources to quench my raging thirst towards Physics knowledge such as signing up Physics-related courses from the Internet.

In secondary school, I had participated in a Solar Car Designing Competition with my schoolmate. Through this competition, I realized the importance of teamwork and time management as we had to invent a solar car within a severe constraint of time.  Hands-on skills are of utmost importance and this is where I apply my theoretical knowledge about Mathematics and Physics on practical works. Namely, aerodynamics designs to reduce air resistance acting on the car and the function of a “spoiler” to stabilize a fast-moving car. This had made me even more devoted to this competition as it linked closely to my desired course.

Needless to say, to excel in Mechanical Engineering entails a strong foundation in Mathematics. Apart from having Mathematics and Further Mathematics as my subjects in A-Level, I often take part in Mathematics quizzes such as Australian Mathematics Competition and Euclid Mathematics Contest. These quizzes are not only challenging but also require critical thinking and enterprising attitude in solving the problems.

I had volunteered to join the mentor-mentee programme in my secondary school as well because I enjoyed sharing knowledge with others. It is not only about teaching but at the same time, strengthening my knowledge. In addition, I was the President of Environmental Club. By organizing various activities such as 3R Campaign helps to boost up my leadership skill. Realising that the energy crisis is the main global issue nowadays, I emphasize on recycling as it is energy efficient on a large scale basis. For example, the production of a brand new aluminium can requires the same amount of energy as the remanufacturing of twenty cans from the recycled. On the other hand, having the work experience as a salesperson in Genting Highlands and a branded shoe outlet, I have learnt the techniques in promoting the products to the customers in the shortest time possible, where this requires intense communication skill.

In conclusion, pursuing Mechanical Engineering is one thing that I relish and I would like to contribute towards the efforts in leading mankind to a new era of independent mobility, renewable energy and a more conducive lifestyle.


DISCLAIMER: The personal statements on this site are strictly meant as a starting point to give an idea of how successful personal statements look like. There is no surefire formula to writing good personal statements. COLLEGELAH IS STRICTLY AGAINST PLAGIARISM OF ANY KIND. UCAS employs a plagiarism check system that checks applicants’ work against other published writing so please DO NOT PLAGIARISE.

Mechanical Engineering at Oxford

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Hello! I am Chow Foo You from Kampar, Perak. I completed my A-levels at Taylor’s College Subang Jaya. With the aid of the JPA scholarship, I am pursuing Engineering Science at Magdalen College, University of Oxford this October.

For your information, I chose a double Maths combination for my A-level course, and the combination comprises Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. In order to get to know about the university application process, I attended talks organized in my college and surfed through relevant websites.

UCAS

First of all, you must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for all UK university admissions. One of the sections in UCAS is the Personal Statement, and it plays a vital role in your university application. For this section, I recommend you to take your time in writing it. Do not rush it as you do not rush for your future. It is a piece of essay that is about you. Illustrate your passion towards the subject you choose. How to stand out from others? The answer is simple. Be original! However, you can always refer to lots of personal statements available on the web (or here on CollegeLAH of course!).

After completing your first draft, do ask other people such as friends, lecturers and MABECS staff to proofread for you. This process takes a long time. Therefore, start early for better preparation. You can even start now by jotting down some points on your notepad.

Admissions Test and Interview

From the 5 universities that I applied to (University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Manchester and University of Edinburgh), the only university that asked for admissions test and interview is University of Oxford.

The admissions test I sat for was the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). You have to register yourself at a centre which provides this test. For my case, I sat for it at Taylor’s College. The test is free of charge but the centre where you sit for this test may charge an administration fee.

I really faced a hard time when sitting for the PAT as my Further Mathematics A-level examination was exactly on the same date. After struggling with the Further Maths paper, I had to deal with my PAT right after that, though there was a 30-minute short break in between.

As for the Oxford interview, there are two options that you can choose from. The first one requires applicants to travel all the way to Oxford to attend the interview. The second one, a Skype interview, would be better either to avoid the hassle or to save money.

I was interviewed by two interviewers and the session lasted 30 minutes. Three questions were thrown to me one after another. The first question was about sketching graph which involved simple calculus. An equation was given and it was obviously a negative exponential graph. However, due to my nervousness, I simply drew an exponential graph without any thinking. The interviewer asked me: “Why do you draw like this? Do you have any proof?” At this point only I realized my stupidity. Immediately I asked myself to calm down and asked for permission to do it again. Finally, I got the correct answer and the interviewers were happy with me. The lesson of the story: do not panic!

The second question was about circular motion and the third was about conservation of energy. These two questions involve real life situations – a rotating marble and a dam. Throughout the interview process, when you are stuck in a situation, you can actually ask for guidance. The interviewers are willingly to guide you. They do not expect you to know everything. They just want to look for your potential. They would like to make sure that you can fit into the tutorial system at Oxford which is basically a discussion-based learning process.

So, here is my story and I hope it does give you a little insight into the UK application process. If you have any inquiry, you can always contact me. This is my email address: fuyoh94@ymail.com. Good luck!


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Chow Foo You,the mathematical genius is going to further his Engineering Science in the University of Oxford under the JPA scholarship. He can travel around the Europe with his Adidas. However, with his pair of super minute eyes, we have no idea how would he view all the beautiful sceneries in England later.