Arnab Sinha / September 22, 1983 / Applying to PhD, Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton U.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
“Stay hungry, stay foolish” Steve Jobs [Commencement Address, Stanford University, 2005]
I first felt the thrill of pursuing a dedicated scientific research, when I read about Prof. Andrew Wiles, (who spent seven years in isolation, solving the toughest riddle of mathematics) in the popular book - ``The Fermat's Last Theorem'' by Simon Singh, in my sophomore undergraduate year. Since then, the passion to excel and to innovate, has always hosted a hungry and foolish soul in me. My primary research interests are in the fields of CAD for VLSI, Computer Architecture and Formal Verification. My Academic and Research Background Smart problem-solving has always been a source of great fun to me. Mathematics was my favorite subject in school. As a token of appreciation for my hobby activities in mathematics, I was awarded C. V. Raman scholarship during my highschool days at Ramkrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur. My confidence was further boosted when I stood 4th in the Regional Mathematical Olympiad in 2001 and was selected to participate in Indian National Mathematical Olympiad (INMO). It was a great opportunity to study at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, one of the premier engineering institutes in India, in my desired discipline of Computer Science & Engineering. Ever since I joined the department, I have been focused on my academics which culminated in my high CGPA (9.28/10.00), and a rank of First in the department (out of 23 students) and Fifth in the institute (out of approximate 200 students). My first brush with VLSI was in the summer (May-June) of 2004, when I was selected for a month-long training at the Advanced VLSI Design Laboratory, IIT Kharagpur. I came to know about the challenges of design and verification of complex digital as well as analog VLSI circuits and got exposed to the various CAD tools. In the...
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