is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

always had a fetish for pursuing knowledge and this belief has been the
compelling force behind all my triumphs. 

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I, Rushali Saxena, am currently pursuing my Masters
at Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University with a specialization in Pharmaceutical Sciences. It
was during this program, I realized an
innate desire in me to pursue Ph.D. in
this field with an emphasis on Particulate Processes and Product Design, and
Modelling, Control, and Optimisation of
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing.

decision to pursue graduate study blends alike with my ulterior goal of taking
up a research-oriented career in the
field of Pharmaceuticals. I want to be a factor of innovation in this field
which is envisaging a better future for one and all. To do this, I need to adapt
myself to the requisite knowledge which
only a graduate programme can endow. I hope in future to design an influential
technology which will add value to human life.

alma mater played an important role in shaping my unique personality. The roots
of my exemplary education lie in St.
Dominic’s Senior Secondary School. I scored an aggregate point of 10 in my high school
examination and this filled me with more confidence and predilection for
academics. I secured 94.8% in the senior
secondary examination with majors in science. The faculty here always
motivated me to seek higher education.

next milestone in my academic career was my Bachelors at National Institute of
Technology, Jaipur; one of the most esteemed and sought-after institutions in India. Being in the top 1% of the 1.6 million
students who took the Joint Entrance Examination, I was successful in acquiring
a seat for myself here. I believe
that the most significant job as an undergraduate was to place a firm keystone
in terms of the rudimentary knowledge and experimental techniques so that more
advanced studies could ensue. My four-year undergraduate
studies in chemical engineering involved participation in numerous fests and
workshops as well as training in one of the most reputed upstream industry of
the country, ONGC, where I learned about the exploration of oil and gas;
lectures from professors. Internship at National chemical Laboratory also
provided with a robust base for progress in the chemical engineering field.
During this four year tenure, I have been given exposure to various courses
like Transport phenomenon, Heat transfer, Chemical
Kinetics and Reaction Engineering, and much more which revealed limitless horizons in
the field of chemical engineering. Bioprocess
Engineering in the last semester introduced me to Biochemistry and various
other core concepts of pharmaceutical studies. I was very much intrigued by the role of Pharmaceutical sciences in our
daily life and decided to further hone my skills in the field by pursuing
graduate studies.

decided to pursue my Masters from Purdue University, one of the most esteemed institutions in
the United States and home to top-notch research in the field of chemical engineering. The noted faculty brewed with world-class research facilities, pleasant
university environ and a balanced academic programme were the factors which
motivated me to apply to Purdue University
where I was able to experience my knowledge with the opportunity of getting
exposure to latest developments taking place and that helped me mold my career in a great way.  During my Masters, I took several courses like
Physical and Chemical Principles of Pharmaceuticals, Powder Processing,
Crystallisation Systems Engineering, Aspen Chromatography, related to
Pharmaceutical Science which helped me in acquiring a firm footing in the
field. These courses were taught by highly qualified and competent faculty of
the department and have provided the commendable groundwork for my advanced
study. After securing a grade point of 3.83 on a scale of 4.00, I realized the
caliber in me to excel in this field and thus decided to pursue my Ph.D. to
learn advancements in this field.

Being a Boilermaker, I respect the traditions at Purdue and
at Davidson School of Chemical Engineering. I can easily identify the program
of my choice. The department, in fact, offers advanced research training in the
area of pharmaceuticals. I can accommodate my research interests with the
faculty members of the department. Prof. Gintaras Reklaitis’  research interest in computing of
pharmaceutical processes and application of batch and semi-batch processes in
pharmaceutical industry interests me a lot. Prof. Zoltan Nagy’s research in the
area of product design and process optimisation in pharmaceutical industry also
intrigues me a lot. I am confident of making an original contribution to the
field with my hard work and determination. I know that Purdue University is the
shortest and most effective way to bridge the gap between me and my goals.

With this desire and pledge, I forward my application for the
Ph.D. program at Davidson School of Chemical Engineering.