Chemical, Civil & Petroleum Engineering Master's Degree Statement Sample, Nigerian Applicant

My interest in energy stretches back to my early childhood. Electricity was only intermittently available in Nigeria. Electricity was something that we certainly did not take for granted, indeed I and my brothers would whoop with joy on the occasions when it flowed.  I often wondered where this power came from and why the supply was not continuous. When I was nine, I moved with my family to Brooklyn, N.Y. and I found the constant availability of power to be wonderful. I decided never to return to Nigeria but my mother had other plans and, at the age of 16, I found myself in Nigeria in a boarding school. I made the best of it, I enrolled in the Physical Science program, worked very hard, and won awards in Mathematics and Chemistry.

On graduation from high school, I was offered a place at XXXX University majoring in Chemical Engineering which was a combination of the two subjects in which I was most interested and in which I had excelled at school. My interest in the subject did wane slightly after a couple of semesters and I decided to pursue a ‘Study Abroad’ program in Alternative Energy Technology in Brazil with one of my professors from XXXX, Prof. XXXX. I am very glad that I took this decision which re-ignited my childhood interest in the provision of reliable power. I visited various energy generation sites and saw the several ways in which energy could be generated. It was a fascinating and instructive experience and I decided to pursue a further program which involved visiting Sardinia with Prof. XXXX from the Civil Engineering Department. I took a course in Resource Recovery and Waste Management abroad. I learned how locally collected waste was being collected, processed and used to provide low-cost energy.

After my time abroad, my fascination for energy was fully fired and I decided to pursue this passion academically and professionally once I had completed my undergraduate studies. I understand that, while the substitution of alternative energy sources is desirable and is being developed at an impressive pace, oil and gas will be a ‘mainstay’ in energy provision for many decades to come. Coming from an oil-rich country, I was naturally interested in the challenges relating to the extraction of these assets. I understand that these challenges include: the rapidly declining rate and low permeability of shale wells and low efficacy of traditional enhanced oil recovery methods. Clearly the recent falls and volatility in oil prices have created a pressing need to reduce costs by the employment of new technologies and improved processes. My goal is to assist in their creation and application.

I am aware of the prestigious reputation of the department and its faculty at XXXX University and the successful career outcomes of its alumni. The program is by far the ‘best fit’ to enable me to achieve my academic and professional goals and I am very excited at the possibility of joining it. I have some familiarity with the valuable research work undertaken by Drs. XXXX, XXXX, and XXXX. While I have never had the opportunity to assist with research, I greatly look forward to doing so. I feel that my role in the Army Reserve has equipped me with some of the basic skills and developed some of the attitudes and characteristics required of an effective researcher such as; clarity in expressing goals, pursuing them with determination, persistence and flexibility and collaborating with others to achieve the goals set as efficiently as possible. I am particularly interested in the possibility of assisting in a project relating to unconventional and novel means of extraction. I see this as the key to the future of the industry for the general good.

During my undergraduate studies, I completed two ‘co-ops’ (internships undertaken as part of the program). These were with Clariant, a specialty chemical company and with Bristol Myers Squibb, a pharmaceutical company. I received an excellent grounding in quality, compliance and safety planning and regulation. I learned to write SOP’s, conduct audits and acquired experience in gathering ‘quality training metrics’. This exposure led me to pursue a ‘Lean Green Belt’ certification to improve and formalize my knowledge of Quality especially in relation to the reduction of waste. With the intention of pursuing employment on an off-shore rig, I also enrolled in a Basic Off-shore Safety Induction and Emergency Training course (BOSIET), a requirement for off-shore oil and gas personnel.

I discussed my options for my third and final ‘co-op’ with the Dean.  I told him about my interest in energy and he suggested that I apply to some upstream oilfield service companies to acquire direct experience. I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to work in Coca, Ecuador for Schlumberger. My duties involved supporting Maintenance and Petroleum Engineers to prepare and install surface and ‘downhole’ equipment on rig sites. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience which totally confirmed me in my decision to pursue a Master’s in the specialty and a career in the industry. This exposure to the industry provided valuable professional experience over a period of 6 months working in the Artificial Lift Segment.

Perhaps just as importantly as professional experience, my time in Ecuador also exposed me to the demands of a life in the industry such as; living away from home for extended periods, dealing with language barriers and working to unusual and demanding schedules (20 days on and 8 days off). My Spanish was non-existent at the start of this ‘co-op’ and perhaps only marginally better by the end but it is a skill that I hope to extend as time permits. I also became aware of the need for cultural sensitivity and awareness in an industry which involves the co-operation of people from so many cultures and social backgrounds. I am a friendly and out-going person who gets on well with others, I have a well-developed sense of humor and enjoy learning about new cultures and sharing knowledge of my own and see these characteristics as real assets in the industry. I feel that my time with Schlumberger has provided an excellent grounding for the eventual pursuit of a successful career in the industry.

I believe that my background will enable me to ‘add value’ to the program. I can assure the reader that I shall apply myself with exceptional diligence and enthusiasm to it the program to enable me to acquire expert skills and knowledge in the safe and economic extraction of oil and gas.

Thank you for considering my application.

I have promoted my service in Chemical Engineering because I see it as holding singular importance for our advancement as a planetary society. From urban centers to remote corners of Earth, the depths of the oceans to space, I have spent decade following events and issues in Engineering because I adore the way that humanity has always sought to transcend barriers, overcome challenges, and create opportunities that improve life in our part of the universe. A few days ago I read with great dismay where two sperm whales washed up dead on the beach, full of car parts and plastic. It may already be too late.

Women in Chemical Engineering

Chemical and Biological Engineering Masters, Chinese Applicant

I feel strongly that my training and experience will enable me to excel as a Master of Applied Science student in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department (CHBE) at the University of XXXX. As a recent graduate of the Food Science and Engineering Program at Jiangnan University in China, my horizons in both biotechnology and process engineering have been broadened after two interdisciplinary exchange experiences in different countries. I have long been convinced that the field of Engineering has much to contribute to world food security.

Much of my understanding revolves around logical subjects and theoretical challenges in engineering. My mechanical aptitudes range from engineering through mathematics based on understandability, mechanics, engineering graphics, unit operation principles and design, rheology and dynamics, etc. Furthermore, I have long been fully immersed in the literature and research in multiple topics in food science, including biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology, protein science and dairy science.  

My area of interest as a CHBE graduate candidate is related to device design and material science. My interests in device design broadened greatly as the result of my project devoted to the development of a portable water activity sensor for monitoring walnut drying process; I designed an efficient algorithm to lookup the psychrometric chart on an AVR microcontroller. I also developed a healthy energy gel based on chia seeds, with a noticeable gelling effect when liquid is encountered. For a whole year, I not only analyzed this high-elasticity gelling material, but also ate it as breakfast to get familiar with this material, during which I found my desire to excavate more about surface dynamics.

I have a strong background in biotechnology and chemical engineering since I have assisted researches in protein and enzyme interaction, lipid science and sensor development. My daily responsibilities as a research investigator have included literature reviews, data analysis, system improvement as well as completion of projects within limited time frames. My current work in analysis and coordination in a medical device company, helping me to continue to develop my skills not only in understanding scientific research and compiling reports, but also in communicating effectively with other researchers, physicians, and engineers.

I most admire the research undertaken by Dr. XXXX XXXX at CHBE, especially with respect to an innovative prototype named cantilevered-capillary force apparatus (CCFA) for surface material analysis, based on micropipette and atomic force microscopy (AFM) technology. Unlike its larger-scale counterparts, CCFA monitors between single droplets and air bubbles, their real-time change in coalescence and coagulation, flocculation and adhesion, or other surface forces. Moreover, going beyond AFM, CCFA measurements can be conducted in an environment with lower hygienic conditions, simplifying cleaning procedures after use; this is considered to be a breakthrough in industry research and the industry. At the moment, CCFA study focus is mainly on foaming systems like beer. I am now convinced of and most excited by the promise for the standardization of CCFA use in emulsion systems including cell selection and pharmaceutics as well as food.

My central career goal is to be an application or service engineer for device companies. Thus, I seek advanced theoretical knowledge in science and engineering as well as hands-on experiences in device development and on-site trouble shooting. A MASc degree working with CCFA will provide me with a systematic comprehension of equipment research and development, specifically in circuits, material science, statistics, software development and shop skills.

In addition to engineering, the University of XXXX is also highly distinguished internationally in the area of food science, with mountains of cutting-edge researches, creative students and detail-oriented professors. Via talking to the UBC group in IFT annual expo, the food science show of the most influence, I am strongly convinced that UBC is unsurpassed in interdisciplinarity communications between engineering principles, food material science, and device/platform development. I have no doubt that I will be able to distinguish myself as a graduate student in Chemical and Biological Department Engineering at the University of XXXX. Thank you for considering my application.

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Video Introduction, Materials Science Masters Application, Chinese

How do you think a graduate degree from MSE at XXXX will help you achieve your career goals in 5-10 years' time? (for videotaping)

Hello. My name is XXXX and I am applying for the MSE Master's Program. I have always believed that one’s academic preparation is foundational for the level of professional skill to which one aspires, especially in a highly competitive employment environment. I see the MSE Department at XXXX as the optimal springboard to propel me forward to the realization of my dreams as a materials engineer because of the vast experience of the professors in your program and the fact that you attract many of the best students in the world. I crave the interdisciplinary character of your program since it draws from a variety of fields of study. I plan to excel in more than one field, thus helping me to be competitive on the job market. In addition, the MSE Department at XXXX has strong connections with many famous companies, such as my dream company General Electric; and the XXXX alumni network is spread all over the world which could also help me find the most suitable job with the most advanced company. Earning the MS Degree at the world famous XXXX, is not only a process of learning, but also a test of my fortitude, diligence, and critical thinking skills.

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Brilliant women abound in all fields. But for some reason, there aren´t many women in chemical engineering, so the ones that have graced the field with their presence are even more precious to us. Here are some famous female chemists and chemical engineers for you to feast your eyes on.

I particularly enjoy working on behalf of applicants to graduate programs in chemical engineering because of the great respect that I have for the chemical engineer. He or she recognizes that the greatest merit is the work, so they exercise their profession because they are committed to serving society, attending to the welfare and progress of the majority.

By transforming nature for the benefit of mankind, the engineer must increase their awareness of the world as the abode of man and his interest in the universe is a guarantee of overcoming their spirit and knowledge of reality to make it fairer and happier. It is an inescapable duty of the engineer to hold the prestige of the profession and ensure its proper discharge; also maintain a professional demeanor rooted in the ability, honesty, fortitude, temperance, magnanimity, modesty, honesty and justice, with the consciousness of individual well-being subordinate to the good social.

Women in Chemical Engineering

Heroines of Chemical Engineering

Jacqueline Barton

Jacqueline Barton was born in the U.S.A. and probed DNA with electrons. She used custom-made molecules to locate genes and study their arrangement. She has shown that some damaged DNA molecules do not conduct electricity, and continues to investigate this field.

Ruth Benerito

Ruth Benerito was born in 1916 in the U.S.A. She invented wash-and-wear cotton fabric using a chemical treatment of the cotton surface that reduces wrinkles and could be used to make it flame resistant and stain resistant.

Ruth Erica Benesch

Ruth Benesch (1925-2000) and her husband Reinhold made a discovery that helped explain how hemoglobin releases oxygen in the body.

They learned that carbon dioxide functions as an indicator molecule. This causes hemoglobin to release oxygen where carbon dioxide concentrations are high.

Joan Berkowitz 

Joan Berkowitz is a chemist and environmental consultant that was born in 1931 in the U.S.A. She uses her command of chemistry to help solve problems with pollution and industrial waste to help improve the environment.

Carolyn Bertozzi

Carolyn Bertozzi has helped design artificial bones that are less likely to cause reactions or lead to rejection than previous prototypes. She has helped create contact lenses that are better-tolerated by the cornea of the eye, too.

Hazel Bishop

Hazel Bishop (USA, 1906–1998) is the inventor of smear-proof lipstick. In 1971, she became the first female member of the Chemists’ Club in New York.

Emma Perry Carr

Emma Carr (USA, 1880–1972) helped to make Mount Holyoke, a women's college, into a chemistry research center. She offered undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct their own research there.

Marie Curie

Marie Curie is very famous. She pioneered radioactivity research and was the first two-time Nobel laureate and the only person to win the award in two different sciences.

She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the first female professor at the Sorbonne.

Iréne Joliot-Curie

Iréne Joliot-Curie was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her synthesis of new radioactive elements. The prize was shared with her husband Jean Frédéric Joliot.

Marie Daly

In 1947, Marie Daly (USA, 1921–2003) became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry. The vast majority of her career was spent as a college professor. In addition to her research, she developed programs to attract and aid minority students with their work at medical and graduate school.

Edith Flanigen

In the 1960s, Edith Flanigen (USA, born 1929) invented a process for making synthetic emeralds. They were great for making beautiful jewelry. But they also made it possible to make powerful microwave lasers! Flanigen received the first Perkin Medal ever awarded to a woman, for her work synthesizing zeolites in 1992.

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin (Great Britain, 1920–1958) used x-ray crystallography to view the structure of DNA. Watson and Crick later used her data to propose the double-stranded helical structure of the DNA molecule.

The Nobel Prize could only be awarded to living people, so she could not be included when Watson and Crick were formally recognized with the 1962 Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology. She also used x-ray crystallography to explore the structure of the tobacco mosaic virus.

Alice Hamilton

Alice Hamilton (USA, 1869–1970) was a chemist and physician who directed the first governmental commission to investigate industrial hazards in the workplace (like exposure to dangerous chemicals). As a result of her work, laws were passed to protect employees from occupational hazards. She became the first female faculty member of Harvard Medical School in 1919.

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin

Dorothy Crowfoot-Hodgkin is a British chemist who was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for using x-rays to determine the structure of biologically important molecules.

M. Katharine Holloway

M. Katharine Holloway (USA, born 1957) and Chen Zhao are two of the chemists who developed protease inhibitors to inactivate the HIV virus. They greatly extended the lives of AIDS patients.

Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison (USA, born 1956) is a retired medical doctor and American astronaut. She became the first black woman in space in 1992. She holds a degree in chemical engineering from Stanford and a degree in medicine from Cornell, and remains very active in science and technology.

Marie-Anne Lavoisier

Lavoisier was born in France in 1771. She was Antoine Lavoisier´s wife and former colleague. She translated documents from English for him and prepared sketches and engravings of laboratory instruments. She hosted parties at which prominent scientists could discuss chemistry and other scientific ideas.

Shannon Lucid

Shannon Lucid was born in 1943 in the USA. As an American biochemist and US astronaut, she held the American record for the most time in space for some time. She now studies the effects of space on human health, often using her own body as a test subject.

Mary Lyon 

Mary Lyon (USA, 1797–1849) founded Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, one of the first women's colleges. At that time, most colleges taught chemistry as a lecture-only class. But Lyon made lab exercises and experiments an integral part of undergraduate chemistry education. Her method became popular, and most modern chemistry classes now include a lab component.

Lise Meitner 

Lise Meitner (November 17, 1878 – October 27, 1968) was an Austrian/Swedish physicist. She studied radioactivity and nuclear physics. She was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission (for which Otto Hahn received a Nobel Prize).

Amalie Emmy Noether

Emmy Noether (born in Germany, 1882-1935) was a mathematician, not a chemist, but her mathematical description of the conservations laws for energy, angular momentum, and linear momentum has been invaluable in spectroscopy and other branches of chemistry and are used to this day.

She is responsible for Noether's theorem in theoretical physics. She is also partly responsible for the Lasker–Noether theorem in commutative algebra. She also discovered the concept of Noetherian rings, and was co-founder of the theory of central simple algebras.

Jane S. Richardson

Jane Richardson (USA, born 1941), a biochemistry professor at Duke University, is best-known for her hand-drawn and computer-generated portraits of proteins.

The graphics helped scientists understand how proteins are made and how they function.

Maxine Singer

Maxine Singer (USA, born 1931) specializes in recombinant DNA technology.

She studies how disease-causing genes 'jump' within DNA and helped formulate the NIH's ethical guidelines for genetic engineering.

Chen Zhao

M. Katharine Holloway (born 1956) and Chen Zhao are two of the chemists who developed protease inhibitors to inactivate the HIV virus, greatly extending the lives of AIDS patients and leading onto further effective research.