Personal Statement - Technology

Technology PS

“It is the framework which changes with each new technology and not just the picture within the frame.” Marshall McLuhan---- Canadian academic and commentator.

My name is Rami Jamel Falath and I’m from Saudi Arabia. My interest in technology started developing in the early stage of my life when I read about the invention of computers and games consoles. When I started reading about different technologies in high school, I thought technology was only about one process that can be done with simple action. However, this thought was changed when I was a student at College of Technology in Saudi Arabia. At that time, it was the beginning for me to understand what technology is. Through my education at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, I realized that technology is a development and application of many elements together like tools, machines, materials and processes that help to solve human problems. I believe that the most interesting thing about technology is it makes us always ask our self one question: How can we apply this new technology to our everyday lives? My enthusiasm and dedication earned me the Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering Technology of Pittsburg State University in 2008. Also I earned the Master degree in Engineering Technology of Pittsburg State University in 2010. Challenging projects have always attracted my interest. Both inside and outside the classroom, I have assumed leadership roles and have been able to creatively solve problems. The EET program at PSU had successfully earned me great qualities like interest in how things are made and making items, good work ethic, good electronics aptitude, competence in academic subjects such as mathematics, science, computer applications, speech, English and willingness to learn technical subjects. I worked as a laboratory assistant in different courses for Randy Winzer, Associate Professor and for James A. Lookadoo, Professor of EET. Since gaining knowledge has always been my goal, I have decided to pursue my academic interest. I have chosen the microEP PhD program to develop my knowledge in the area of micro and nano technology which is available at University of Arkansas. The reason for my decision to choose University of Arkansas is it is among the most affordable of major research programs universities in the United States. Today, there is a tendency in Saudi Arabia towards establishing independent scientific centers that develop science and technology. These centers are developing various researches in different areas such as Nanotechnologies, Electronics, and Photonics. In the near future, I want to be part of these researches and I believe that the microEP program at University of Arkansas will help me achieve my goal. Within university, I have participated in various activities. I assisted with numerous summer workshops under my Professor Randy Winzer’s supervision. These workshops involved three weeks of preparing activities, presenting engineering concepts and supervising area students ages nine through fourteen. Also, I worked for the International office at PSU to help international students to adapt to the environment in Pittsburg. I was able to interact with people of all different backgrounds and these experiences were all very rewarding and challenging and provided me with many happy memories. I do feel that I am capable of accepting the challenge of a demanding university course and that I have the character and strength of personality to make a success of it, should I be fortunate enough to be offered a place. I feel confident that my education and experience would make me an excellent candidate for this position. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to meeting you.