Study Objective of Fulbright Scholar at Yale

Posted by on April 17, 2017 in Personal Statement | 0 comments

With an admissions rate of only around 15%, even applicants with the most outstanding profiles and GRE test scores get rejected from the Fulbright Scholarship program in Pakistan. What sets successful Fulbright applicants stand out are their unique experiences, achievements and their ability to bring a positive change towards the society and economy of Pakistan. Hence this makes the Personal Statement and Study Objectives the most crucial element of your application. There’s no magic formula, but here is a sample study objective from a successful applicant from 2017 Fulbright program who got placed into Yale.

GRE Score: 159 Quant and 149 Verbal
Undergraduate Institution: NUST
Undergraduate GPA: 3.5
Work Experience: 1 year
Proposed Major: Energy and Environmental Management Systems
Placement: YALE

Study Research Objective

My main focus encompasses around energy and environmental management. Towards future study and research, I would clearly like to empower and build myself on two main components: formulating a way in which our industries can lessen dependence on Grid and making a standardized sustainable and energy independent domestic system based on renewables.

For the practicum industrial research, I would like to build upon my final year project on Salinity Gradient Solar Pond (SGSP). This is a one of its kind and the first pilot scale Solar Pond in Pakistan, that has been installed at National University of Sciences and Technology. Proudly I have been the pioneers of this research delivery. SGSP can enable the energy starved industries of Pakistan to utilize the waste brine, a common by product of numerous chemical process by storing solar energy and producing electricity, pre-heated boiler water or low temperature space heating in areas where brine disposal is an issue. This snugly synchronizes with the Fulbright’s objective of meeting the energy crises and typically would involve cross cultural interaction as the world’s largest solar pond is constructed at El-Paso by University of Texas at El Paso.

The project inspires me for numerous reasons: it focuses on a sustainable, zero waste recycle system that would help the industries producing excessive brine with disposal issue and thus causing harm to the environment, SGSP can not only utilize this brine but also store solar energy in the pond that can be extracted from heat exchangers. El- Paso Solar Pond has been operational since 1986 that has been providing 70 kW of electricity to the Bruce Foods Corporation enabling the industry to reduce the load on grid. Thus, in our industries where they primarily depend on diesels that costs up to about Rs.27/ kWh due to WAPDA outages, this would be a cheaper solution that would eventually protect the environment.

Dr. John Walton,Prfoessor of SGSP at University of Texas at El Paso has retired in Spring 2015. However, Dr. Huanmin Lu has been publishing his articles on an international scale accompanied with Dr. John Walton since 2011 and I would like seek their work to gain valuable insights. Throughout my stay in one of the prestigious programs of United States, I would like to carry out my work in an existing solar pond in which for the first two months, literature review will be conducted. Upon completion of which I would like to understand the how the industries can, not just manage brine but also produce electricity from it. This is very important for me to grasp since only El Paso Solar Pond has been able to produce electricity and power. Such implementations can be easily proposed to be conducted in our industries since majority are located in far fledge area having large acres of land.

For domestic scale energy systems, I advocate two options: energy conservation and energy independence. While energy conservation can be easily acquired by replacement of energy efficient lights or inverter A.Cs, energy independence would require large scale installations that are costly. So, for that I would like to propose an efficient model for middle class society of Pakistan that can minimize the load by 70%. Given that the net metering concept has been recently introduced in Pakistan, having the National Assembly first paradigm of this concept, I would like to understand a feasible model that caters for all of these factors with the energy source primarily on renewable, mainly like solar in Punjab, micro hydel scale plants in KPK and Hydel in Sindh. While advancements are made, there is no proper model upon which a middle class person (in majority in Pakistan) can adopt energy conservation and independence simultaneously, that too through Renewables. During my encounter with Energy Policy Specialist, Nameerah Hameed on Annual Energy Conference 2016 by Premier, I found out that Punjab Energy Department is working on making an Energy Resource Center as an example with the help of Carpus + Partner & Giz, I still think that such a center would not cater for demands of the majority of urban population. We need to design a cost effective yet energy efficient and energy independent household so that the load on our Grid can be reduced while simultaneously relying on a sustainable model. Hence, I believe our government should have a valuable human resource in hometown so that people like me can contribute and help them in achieving their goals.

Primarily, my interest in energy developed my comparing my courses of air, water and noise pollution with the existing crises of Pakistan. Although environmental threats are immense throughout the world, Pakistan’s major problem does not lie around its Air Quality Index reaching danger level like China but it is facing an inevitable plethora of crises in terms of energy! As an environmentalist, I would like to amalgamate the subjects like Energy Resources and Management and Cleaner Production Techniques to apply my technical skills on advance renewable energy systems along with their management so that we clearly quantify how renewables can enable environmental protection and provide energy security.

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