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“How do all these devices work constantly?” – As a child, I faced this question whenever I saw anybody use any electricity powered instrument. My passion for reading helped me satiate my curiosity about electricity. I read about the inventor Nikola Tesla for the first time in SAFARI, a science magazine, and I came to know that he invented the electricity which we are using in our homes. My parents spurred me to further my interest by reading magazines and journals and watching some shows on ‘National Geographic’ channel. I grew up and got my answers about the electricity. Then, in the environmental science subject, I studied the significance of renewable energy in electric power generation and it grew my interest in electricity. I decided to pursue a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering.  In the freshman year of my degree course at the university, I gained a holistic exposure to the fundamentals of various disciplines of engineering. In my sophomore year, I studied subjects on various streams of electrical engineering. I learned Electric Machines – I, Network Theory and Electrical and Electronic Materials. In the subject Electric Machines, I got to know about DC machines and Transformer and to gain practical exposure I decided to pursue a 3-week internship at a local firm to understand how transformers are designed and manufactured. Then I studied subjects such as Electric Machines – II, Digital and Analog Circuits and Control Theory. The Analog and Digital Circuits course struck a chord with me as I reproduced all the circuits in the simulation software as well as on the hardboard and gained a thorough understanding of modifying or making new circuits in the laboratory. During the second half of my sophomore year, I went on several industrial visits and participated in seminars from industry experts. I attended seminars on ‘Erection and Commissioning of Power Transformers’ and ‘Electric Power Generation’ and visited the massive thermal power plant at the Mundra port in India. Interacting with these industry leaders and domain experts helped me identify that my true interest lay in the area of power systems.The junior year gave me thorough academic knowledge of the power electronics and subjects related to the electric power system and I scaled up my learning by taking up 3 different projects. I picked up a digital electronics project, wherein I worked on a Li-Fi, the system which transmits data through visible light and published a paper entitled “Light Fidelity (Li-Fi): Data Transmission through Light”. Also, the simulation software such as MATLAB, Multi-Sim, Mi-Power, and P-SIM gave me a very good experience of simulations of electronic and electrical circuits. Then I did a simulation project in lab-work of Renewable Energy Engineering. In this project, I faced a problem of transmitting power efficiently through a high-frequency isolation transformer. With the guidance of our lab faculty, I solved this problem by using LC filters with an inverter. By doing this project I found that the relationship of temperature and light intensity with the output of PV panel is complex and depend upon various factors.For getting a better understanding of heavy electrical equipment, power plant and the electricity generation, I pursued a 6-week internship at the thermal power station and electrical research and development laboratory where I worked on power generation and testing of electrical equipment respectively. My first challenge was to perform tests of Inter-connection transformer in switchyard and second was to set the various protective relays. I encountered the challenges with the help of testing engineer at the company and applying the knowledge I gained from switchgear and protection laboratory course. In the second phase, I went to ‘Electrical Research and Development Association, Vadodara’, where I had to analyse the destructive and non-destructive tests done on various electrical equipment according to the IEC and Indian Standards. Improving the test results and gaining accuracy in the numerous tests such as the winding resistance test for transformer was challenging because of the resistance of measuring leads that was added. I reduced mean length and the results noticeably improved. From this internship, I learned the approach to find faults and how to improve the test methods for any electrical equipment by making minor alterations. Since the beginning of my junior year, I found that my interests lie in power systems and power electronics and in the second half of my junior year developed a passion for the power system subjects. I performed outstandingly on these subjects and in my senior year, I am working on a project that does analysis and quantitative comparison of various compensation methods. In this project, we the team of four students have compared three major techniques such as capacitor bank, a synchronous condenser and STATCOM on the basis of different parameters quantitatively. The challenge was to provide real costs involved with the methods used and we contacted some suppliers for the quotation. Fortunately, the automation company ABB provided all the cost data for our project. Also, I have worked on an additional project – soft starter for an induction motor with an integration of IoT, parallel with my minor project, based on my interest in power electronics under SIEMENS – the centre of excellence. This starter uses TRIAC as a switching device and initially, gives low voltage to the motor and so the starting current is limited, it depends on the gate pulses provided by micro-controller to TRIAC. As it can be controlled remotely through the internet, this starter can even be installed in the hazardous industrial environment. As a result of these projects, I learned to identify the real world problems and to get solutions with the cost-effective methods and achieve better performance. My academic, co-curricular and industrial experiences have made me realise that I want to work in energy systems. I want to do research and development in this field, so that power generation from renewable sources can be adequate to use it as a primary energy source. The Master’s program at the Western University with its focus on theoretical information as well as analysis and design skills for industrial systems, Leadership in experiential learning and connections to industry and award-winning faculty members perfectly fits my ambitions.At the Western University, I am excited to study Modeling Power Systems for Protection, Control and Transient Studies, High-Frequency Power Converters and Theory & Applications of Protective Relays. These courses will help me learn and analyse the integration of distributed renewable generation with the power grid. Also, Theory & Applications of Protective Relays will provide me an opportunity to work with various modern protective relays, their testing, and the quality & performance enhancement. Professor Firouz Badrkhani Ajaei’s works on the power electronics, microgrids and the stability analysis and improvement of power system appealed strongly to me. Also, an array of Computing and networking facilities for modern power systems and State-of-The-Art power system protection laboratory will give me an opportunity to conduct experiments with cutting-edge technology and expert supervisors. In addition, The IEEE-Student Branch at Western University organizes and promotes professional and technical events. This association will help me interact and learn from my peers and also network with industry leaders. Also, I led the logistics team of the gaming club at my university for one academic year that enables me to work in a team and achieve success. This well-round mix will be the complete experience for me to get the skills needed to realize my goal.