Apr 102017

Dear Professor Amarendra Singh:

I am keen to undertake a self-funded 8-week research internship this summer with you at IITK. I am a mechanical engineering sophomore studying in the University of Oklahoma (OU). Last semester, I came to know Professors Janet K. Allen and Farrokh Mistree and this semester I am working with their PhD candidate, Anand Balu Nellippallil.

Currently, I am working with Anand on a hot rod rolling process chain problem. We realise that interdependent design decision must be made at every stage of the steel manufacturing process chain. These design decisions and the information generated need to be communicated between different stages. We are developing an inverse goal-oriented method for the hot rod rolling and studying the theoretical models available in literature for different kinds of recrystallizations and grain growth to predict the austenite grain size after rolling. We are aiming to publish a paper on our findings by the end of the summer this year. At the same time, I will be applying for the NSF/ASME student essay competition – 2017, oriented towards characteristics of a high tech global design and manufacturing company and the research challenges it will face in 2030. This especially fits in with the context of the recent collaboration between IITK and TCS. I believe by visiting IITK, I will be exposed to your two areas of research – computation metallurgy and sustainable manufacturing – both field I feel passionate about.

My academic goal is to obtain a PhD. I am from Lucknow, I feel a strong calling from my place of origin to be able to contribute to the development of India. With this goal in mind, I believe by visiting IITK and getting to learn more about computational metallurgy and sustainable manufacturing, I will be exposed to the diverse community of collaborators that will expand my horizon of thinking, which in turn will positively affect my long-term goal.

Starting from 8th grade, my sister and brother-in-law provided me an opportunity to continue my education in Singapore. This strong foundation from the United World College of South East Asia is what brought me to OU with a Davis scholarship to pursue my undergraduate studies. My GPA at OU is 3.84. Courses like Design and Manufacturing Processes and Science and Technology in Asian History have influenced me the most. One has taught me about the different manufacturing processes which lead me to get involved in materials research and the other provided me with the context of how things were done in the past and the progress we have made as a civilization. I have been on the Dean’s Honor Roll for the Fall 2016 and 2017, and the President’s Honor Roll for the Spring 2016. I was also awarded the Rita H. Lottinville Outstanding freshman award for displaying a strong academic background along with a strong commitment to leadership and service. I was also awarded the Outstanding Sophomore award in the Mechanical Engineering Department. I am an Honors College student, which allowed me to become a HERE scholar and join the Systems Realization Laboratory.

My semester here ends on May 12th and starts back again on August 8th. I would much appreciate your letting me know if I will be able to spend eight weeks with your students and you this summer.

I look forward to hearing back from you.


Pranav Mohan

Email:  pm@ou.edu

Cell:  +1 470-226-9595

Pranav Mohan

Change and progress are two words that define my character and my ultimate goals. I have a vision to bring a global change by targeting the psychology, because that is the easiest to change. My aim is to incur a self-progressive routine for myself and then help the people around me to progress themselves. In my perspective, walking towards a defined target should be everyone’s goal while keeping in mind that things don’t go as planned but still the target should remain unchanged.

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