My be addressed before the successful deployment. Operating

My interest in electronics and communication systems goes back to the
time when I first encountered a mobile phone; I became fascinated by its
multi-functionality advantage over my old calculator. Today, cellular mobiles
have become an indispensable part of our lives. Having witnessed the tremendous
growth in this industry, especially in terms of power consumption and size
reduction, for more than five years during my tenure at Tata Teleservices Ltd.
(a telecom arm of the reputed TATA group), it would be no exaggeration to say
that the future belongs to the circuit and system designers.


With the advent of advanced multi-band/multi-standard system
architectures, miniaturize tuneable/reconfigurable circuits are required. For
example, the upcoming 5G requirements are becoming more challenging that must
be addressed before the successful deployment. Operating frequencies are also
being pushed beyond the microwave at mm-wave and higher to achieve larger
bandwidth/higher data rate. This also brings in new materials to be developed
and tested for the circuit design. To this end, many technologies such as
MEMS-based RF circuit which offers distinct advantages in term of high Q, low
losses, etc. are being explored. On the other hand, due to the reduced size,
the linearity and efficiency trade-off requirements of the amplifiers (LNA/PA)
are also becoming more stringent. Massive MIMO antennae are being developed to
achieve high data rates and new coding and modulation schemes are proposed to
achieve higher spectral efficiency. At the baseband level, the signal
processing has to comply with these developments. Therefore, there are
tremendous research scopes at circuit, system and device level. It is certainly
challenging, but it is also extremely exciting to be a part of this research,
making positive contributions to human life.


I was accepted for a three-year diploma in electronics engineering at
Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), India, through an All-India level entrance
examination. In India, the Diploma Engineering is primarily a job-oriented
three-year course. My objective in enrolling in this program was to gain some
professional experience before going for higher education; practical knowledge
provides an extra edge in understanding the nuances of electrical and
communication systems. In addition, experience in the industry also helps to
develop various skills such as teamwork, public dealing, and leadership
abilities. After being accepted for the Diploma, I was very excited and
motivated, and I fixed my next target on gaining in-depth knowledge, and
securing a top position in the program. My immense curiosity and determination,
at times, would impel me to go beyond the course syllabus and study advanced
topics, which ultimately helped me to gain better insight into the subjects.
This interest was reflected in my academic records; I graduated with excellent
grades, gaining a gold medal for securing first place in the program. During
the final year of the program, Tata Teleservices Ltd.(TTSL) visited JMI for
campus recruitment, and I was among four, out of 140 students from the Diploma
Engineering and BS in Electronics Engineering program combined, who were
selected by TTSL for employment.par

At TTSL, I worked as a trainee engineer for a year. During my probation
period, I learned the basic technicalities of telecommunication systems within
a few months and was independently able to perform tasks such as configuration
and fault rectification for various equipment. Due to my excellent performance
during the probation period, I was elevated to the position of full-time
engineer. Over the next one-and-a-half years, I attended several training
sessions, which further enhanced my knowledge. Bearing in mind that any
technical faults/breakdowns in equipment could inconvenience hundreds of
thousands of customers, I proactively took pre-emptive measures. My manager
appreciated me for these endeavors and I was recognized with the
spotlight awards on several occasions for such extraordinary activities. After
two-and-a-half years of domain experience and with enhanced knowledge, I
decided to enrol in a BS program as I was very much interested in continuing my
studies further. I also wanted to continue my job, because I still needed to
learn much in the industry, and I wanted to keep myself abreast of the latest
technologies that are necessary for overall personal growth. For this purpose,
I requested TTSL to relocate me to the Delhi office, and was accepted for the
evening batch of the BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering course at
JMI by acing an All-India based entrance exam. I was now working in a new team
at TTSL with more demanding responsibilities, but due to my hard work and
dedication, I was promoted to a senior engineer position with increased
responsibilities and benefits. I had a team to which I delegated works, and I
was required to advise the team members in the event of any technical issues,
and to guide them in their work. I also had to liaise with many internal and
external stakeholders. These experiences enhanced my team management, as well
as my risk-taking and decision-making abilities. I was a part of the project
“Network Availability Improvement of Delhi Cluster Single Sector Sites” that
was selected as the best project, and appreciation was given by the CTO. Consequently,
I was promoted to the Assistant Manager position.par

I was now even more committed to the organization and had many
responsibilities in my capacity; this did affect my grades in the BS but, my
desire to further my studies led to the successful completion of this program.
While working with the telecom equipment, whenever I looked at the circuit
boards I was thrilled thinking how challenging the jobs are for these circuit
board designers, and gradually I became more interested in circuit & system
design. This interest motivates me to pursue a research-oriented graduate study
in circuit and system design.par

I wanted to gain some research experience before applying for a formal
graduate degree program, since prior research experience had prepared me for
conducting high-quality graduate research. Therefore, I contacted Professor M.
S. Hashmi at the IIIT-Delhi– a highly regarded Indian institute with an
excellent infrastructure–to work under him as a researcher. I joined his lab
as a research intern and worked on advanced RF/microwave passive component
design. During this period, I became proficient in Keysight’s Advanced Design
System software that is used for schematic and layout design, as well as for
electromagnetic simulations, and learned to use other tools such as Cadence
Virtuoso, Ansys HFSS, and Wolfram Mathematica. I published a total of four
papers, two in reputed journals as the primary author, and two in standard
conferences as a co-author. One of the works–published in the IEEE Transaction
on Circuit and Systems: Express Briefs (TCAS-II) Journal–addresses the
challenge in obtaining a high frequency ratio in the power division circuit.
The other work provides a design technique for a wide-band phase shifter, and
has been accepted for publication in Progress in Electromagnetics Research
Letters (PIERL). To cater to the challenges of concurrent frequency operation,
we developed a generalized technique for the multi-band impedance matching
circuit that was presented at the 2016 IEEE Mediterranean Microwave Symposium
(MMS) held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. We also discovered some important properties of
transmission line sections for dual-band operation, which received the best
student paper award (second place) at the oldest circuits and systems
conference, the 59th IEEE Midwest symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS). I
also helped to organize a three-day RF active and passive design workshop at
IIIT Delhi. Due to my outstanding performance, I was elevated to the research
assistant (RA) position at IIIT Delhi. I worked on GaN behaviour modelling for
IIIT-Delhi’s sponsored DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation)-India
project. Presently, I am working on two more research works related to
RF/microwave BALUN and Crossover design, one of which has been submitted at
TCAS-II and other are near their completion. I am, again, targeting some highly
ranked journals for its dissemination. In addition, I help junior lab members
and students in their research, and with simulation tools.par


With my in-depth knowledge, excellent research experience and
outstanding oral and written communication skills, I believe I am ready to join
a graduate program. King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a research-based University
which helps develop creative and innovative thinking among the students. It is
a known fact that the academic and research facilities in the University are highly
qualified in their respective field. Getting an opportunity to be a part of
research in the university will really enhance my technical and analytical
abilities, expose me to the latest technologies as well as give me the
competitive edge in my future endeavours.