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Mansimran Kaur Benipal (USC ID 5207-1040-85) MS Electrical Engineering Fall 2013

Applying for: Master's Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems (BMES) Researcher Award scholarship. I am fascinated with the role engineers have played throughout history. Electrical Engineering in particular has played a founding role in all facets of technology, from the simple fuse to remarkable multi-billion dollar aerospace applications. Not surprisingly, my awe of this seemingly omnipresent technology was the reason I had pursued Electronics and Communication Engineering during my undergraduate studies. I have been interested in Electronics ever since it was introduced to us in a Physics course I had taken up. As time passed Electronics proved to me to be constant and logical, and magnificently so. This was further augmented as I dove into Electronics and Communication (EnC), which comprised of a carefully designed sequence of studies including Modern Physics, Basic Electronics, Digital System Design, Digital Electronic Circuits, Analog Electronic Circuits, Micro-controllers, VLSI Design and Embedded Systems. These theoretical courses combined with their practical counterparts have provided me with a solid foundation in the field. Out of the varied curriculum that was set for us over the years, Digital Design and Hardware Description Language (DD & HDL) and VLSI were two of the subjects that fascinated me. The simple yet brilliant concepts behind transistors, logic gates, FPGAs, CPLDs, logic synthesis, testing and verification, and simulation and implementation of logic devices using VHDL really intrigued me. This interest was furthered by my training at C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) Mohali, where I mastered VHDL and developed a project on Traffic Light Controllers using FPGA implementation thereby clearing my basics. I undertook a project for designing a distance measuring system using ultrasonic sensors by programming an ATMEGA...
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