Personal Statement for University Application
As a child growing up in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), I learned and deeply appreciated the words of Ali ibn Abi Talib, “seek knowledge from the cradle to the grave". These and the words of Prophet Mohammed, "god loves that if someone perform a work that he/she perform it very well" still motivate me in my quest for higher education, perfection in work and a higher purpose in life.
I always pursued education in the KSA with the primary intent of becoming the best in my field of study. As an illustration, I am proud to point to my cumulative GPA of 3.392 and 3.406 out of 4 in Industrial & Systems Engineering Degrees of BS and MS, respectively. As indicated before, I always seek the best in higher education and strongly believe that the USA offers the best choices for my further education of PhD studies in Industrial Engineering.
I am determined to seek PhD education and narrowed the choice to University of Minnesota because its Industrial Engineering Department is one of best schools in the field that offer great academic and applied research experience that meet my career objectives and goals in industrial engineering field. The ultimate goal in earning a PhD degree is to purse my dream of opening a consultation company that provides process improvement services and intelligence software solution packages in the KSA.
In presenting my candidacy for admission to the University of Minnesota, Industrial Engineering Department, I would like to emphasize my record of accomplishment of working hard to be perfect, unwavering determination to seek and earn a PhD in Industrial Engineering and chronic desire to be successful in all my endeavors. As I seek to pursue higher education of PhD at your institution, I recall my friends often describing me as Mr. Perfect because I like to do the best I can to perform and I promise to continue ‘the best I can to perform’ work ethic. I am very well organized person and have a high sense of responsibility. I am highly analytical and consider all aspects to an issue from my strengths as well as with due regard to potential weaknesses in my thinking. Having learned the importance of comprehending issues from all angles to achieve the best results, I make every effort to strengthen my ideas, knowledge, education, and thinking.
As for my academic skills, I earned a Masters degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in 2012. Subsequently, I worked as a Graduate Assistant in KFUPM in the System Engineering Department and I have been promoted as a lecturer the past year. I acquired significant research skills while completing the master degree in industrial engineering. My MS thesis is on ‘Airplane Maintenance Scheduling with Maintenance Crew Assignments’. I have applied my MS thesis research work with Saudi ARAMCO in their aviation department in Dammam. In addition, I have developed another linear model to help schedule the maintenance for helicopters in the aviation department in Ras Tanura.
In conclusion, I believe that I am an ideal candidate for a PhD study in your institution and appreciate serious consideration of my application for admission. Thanks much for reading my statement of interest and look forward to further discussions. Should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 222-333-5555 or email .