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Letter of Motivation

Dear Sir or Madam:

With this letter, I would like to express my interest to obtain Master’s Degree at University College London.

I am currently studying Bachelor’s Degree programme in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan (senior year student). Since Electrical and Electronic Engineering department is wide and comprises quite lots of sub fields, the most attractive branch for me is Electrical Power Engineering. Therefore, I have decided to apply for the Master’s degree programme in Power Systems Engineering at University College London because I am sure it would strongly enrich my knowledge and improve my skills. England is one of the leading countries in Power Engineering field, so this is an opportunity to be involved to the atmosphere of the strongest brains in power engineering sphere. What is more, I have selected particularly University College London as my desirable future alma-mater, since it is considered as one of qualitative centers of education in the world and the opportunities it provides to students result in various discoveries and inventions. In addition, as I have not been to Europe yet, this would be a good chance to get introduced to the new culture and studying process, especially, I am excited to know the diverse methods to power systems at European universities.

Despite the fact that prior years we took courses of different disciplines, the last years we are hardly concentrated on specifically power engineering courses. For instance, we have already taken courses such as Control Systems (2nd year BSc), Power Electronics, Power System Analysis, Electrical Machines and Drives (3rd year of BSc), Power System Protection, Power Transmission and Distribution Plants and High Voltage Engineering (4th year, 1 semester of BSc) and have been introduced with the main structure of electrical power systems. Particularly, we have been taught transformer structure, types of motors and the working principle, distribution of the electricity through long transmission lines and the safety equipment such as relays, circuit breakers, fuses. Furthermore, at the last semester of my BSc I am taking Electric Power Generation and Intelligent Algorithms for Power Systems courses. What do I want to state is that, I have some certain knowledge in power engineering, however, I every time feel that the gained knowledge is not adequate and I still need to learn a lot. Therefore, one of the main reasons for applying for that program is to fulfill my gaps in that specific area. Additionally, I took my undergraduate internship in Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering Company, where I was making diagnostics for the electronic cards (identifying the faults and rectifying it), reading the circuit schemes and analyzing them. I was closely introduced to the real electronic components and the main concepts of each of them. In addition, I needed to accomplish the research on the Maxon Three-phase motor and to perform the tasks on the Matlab Simulink to design PID controllers. This kind of received knowledge would be helpful for the power engineer to make the system smarter. This is quite essential to alter equipment features adding electronic components making it IoT system, as the manual testing and repairing are one of difficult parts of power engineering. Moreover, I worked at the pavilion of the United Kingdom at EXPO 2017 and gained both theoretical and practical knowledge about graphene bulbs and graphene itself. During this time, I researched deeply the types of bulbs and made the comparison analysis in terms of the quality and the cost. This knowledge could be valuable to develop idea of energy minimizing bulbs to higher level.

It should be noted that my capstone project (thesis) is about Dynamic Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles. The first semester our group worked on the theoretical part, making hypotheses and verifying it both analytically and making simulations. It is planned to construct a prototype of the vehicle which will be charged in motion in this semester. This is a novelty to electrical power engineering field and to the entire world as it could solve diverse significant problems occurring in the world (eliminate the CO2 emission, economize fossil fuels etc.). Furthermore, as a result of the work done, our paper has been accepted for presentation in IEEE 18th International Conference on Environment and Electrical Engineering and 2nd Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Europe and publication in EEEIC2018.

I made some research prior deciding to apply to this Program and identified that the level of education, particularly engineering studies, is comparably high among world’s top universities. I found out so many useful and important courses for the power engineers such as Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems, Electrical Power Systems and Electrical Propulsion, New and Renewable Energy Systems and Vibrations, Acoustics and Control. These courses could be a beneficial addition to my knowledge of power systems, since they are defined as one of the core courses in power engineering. Furthermore, I have read some of the feedbacks from the students and majority of students noted the high quality of education. In addition, most of the alumnus of UCL claim that majority of the courses are hardware oriented and there is an opportunity to justify theory by practical work. Moreover, adequate amount of time is given to work on the research project with academic supervisor. These factors also played a significant role in applying to that specific program.

After having Master’s degree at University College London, I am planning to return back to Kazakhstan and contribute to the development of power systems. To be more precise, currently Kazakhstani power system is on the right way of improvement. However, we still lack the qualified and well educated power engineers with foreign education. The reason why Kazakhstani system is comparably weak, is that it still utilizes the equipment from the times of Soviet Union and, is not smart enough to control and maintain in a safety. From my perspective, my gained knowledge from this master’s degree program would certainly help to bring new innovations both to my country and to the world in the field of power engineering.

Thank you for considering my request. I look forward to your positive response.

Miras Maksut

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Dear Sir or Madam,

With this letter, I would like to express my interest in applying for the master’s degree programme in Power Systems Engineering at University College London.

I am currently studying for my bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (specializing in Electrical Power Engineering) at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan (senior year student). Thus, I have decided to apply for your programme because I am sure it would strongly enrich my knowledge and improve my skills. England is one of the leading countries in power engineering, so this is an opportunity to be involved with some of the strongest brains in this field. I chose University College London as my desirable future alma mater, since it is a prestigious center of international education. In addition, as I have not been to Europe yet, this would be a good chance to become acquainted with a new culture and education system.

In the past few years at university, the curriculum has been strongly focused on specifically power engineering courses such as Control Systems (2nd year), Power Electronics, Power System Analysis, Electrical Machines and Drives (3rd year), Power System Protection, Power Transmission and Distribution Plants and High Voltage Engineering (4th year), and we were introduced to the basic structure of electrical power systems. We have been taught transformer structure, types of motors and their working principles, distribution of electricity through long transmission lines and safety equipment such as relays, circuit breakers, and fuses. Furthermore, in the last semester of my BSc, I am taking Electric Power Generation and Intelligent Algorithms for Power Systems. Nevertheless, although I have some knowledge in power engineering, I feel that that is not adequate, and I still need to learn a lot.

Additionally, I did my undergraduate internship with the Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering Company, where I was making diagnostics for the electronic cards (identifying and rectifying faults), and reading circuit schemes and analyzing them. I became familiar with real electronic components and the main concepts behind each of them. In addition, I needed to accomplish research on the Maxon Three-phase motor and to perform tasks on the Matlab Simulink to design PID controllers. This kind of specialized knowledge would be helpful for the power engineer to make the system smarter, e.g. by altering equipment features and adding electronic components and making it an IoT system. Moreover, I worked at the pavilion of the United Kingdom at EXPO 2017, and gained both theoretical and practical knowledge about graphene bulbs and graphene itself. During that time, I researched deeply the types of bulbs and made a comparative analysis in terms of quality and cost. This knowledge could be valuable in developing new ideas for energy-efficient bulbs.

My capstone project (thesis) is titled Dynamic Wireless Charging of Electric Vehicles. In the first semester, our group worked on the theoretical part, making hypotheses and verifying them both analytically and by making simulations. We plan to construct a prototype of the vehicle which will be charged in motion during this semester. This is a novelty in the electrical power engineering field and beyond as it could solve diverse significant problems occurring in the world (eliminate CO2 emissions, economize on fossil fuels, etc.). Furthermore, as a result of the work done, our paper has been accepted for presentation at the IEEE 18th International Conference on Environmental and Electrical Engineering and the 2nd Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Europe and publication in EEEIC2018.

I did some research prior to deciding to apply for this program and identified that the level of education, particularly in engineering, is of an excellent international standard. There are so many useful and important courses for the power engineer such as Power Transmission and Auxiliary Machinery Systems, Electrical Power Systems and Electrical Propulsion, New and Renewable Energy Systems and Vibrations, and Acoustics and Control. These courses would be a beneficial addition to my knowledge of power systems, since they are considered core courses in power engineering. Furthermore, I have read some of the feedback from students at UCL, and the majority praise the high quality of education. In addition, most UCL alumni note that courses in the programme are hardware oriented and there are plenty of opportunities to apply the theoretical concepts into practical work.

After completing the master’s degree at University College London, I am planning to return to Kazakhstan and contribute to the development of power systems in my country. To be more precise, the existing Kazakhstan power system is functional, but we still lack the qualified and well-educated power engineers with international experience. The reason our electricity system is relatively weak is that it still utilizes old equipment from the Soviet era and is not sufficiently developed to be controlled and maintained in safety. From my perspective, knowledge gained from this master’s degree program would certainly help to bring new innovations both to my country and to the world in the field of power engineering.

Thank you for considering my application, and I look forward to your positive response.

Yours faithfully,

Miras Maksut