Having a strong predilection for mathematics from my elementary school days, I always thought of pursuing a career wherein I get to use and grow my logical skills. And what’s more fitting than the field of Computers. With that notion in mind, I enrolled into a Web Design & Development workshop, introduced by my friend,. It taught me the fundamentals of web, mainly HTML/CSS and by the end of the workshop the instructor had us build a website of our own and have it hosted on a free server. Fascinated by the power and reach of the Internet or the Web, I thought of honing my skills further and therefore built a free website for my school, for which I received an appreciation from my school principal and it made me an overnight star in the school. My love for computers has been growing since then. The affection towards computers had left me with no other but one stream to choose for my undergraduate studies, i.e. Computer Science. So, I chose Amity University, one among the top private universities in India. This helped me to excel in the field of Computer Science and Programming and it surely lived up to my expectations. The well-built curriculum was so effectual that it not only helped me get acquainted with the theoretical aspects of computers but also fostered me to implement them practically. From childhood, I always had a knack for spoken languages, but during my bachelor’s I realized that my skills of using programming languages was nothing short of adept. Programming Languages like C, C++ were two my favorite ones, so I always preferred using these languages for problem solving and implementing Data Structure in college Lab sessions, which were, by the way, my favorite time of the college. Pleased by my performance, my lab instructor suggested me to partake in some inter-college coding competitions, so I did and won 1st prize in three competitions. My enthusiasm for Programming languages was not limited to college schedules. I actively participated in coding competitions hosted on websites, for instance CodeChef, Hackerrank, etc, to refine my knowledge of basic data structure such as, Stack, Queue, List, Tree, Graph. As the difficulty grew, I had to learn some advanced programming concepts like Recursion, Algorithms, Code Optimization, Dynamic Programming. Therefore, I enrolled in an online course named Algorithm Design and Analysis on Coursera.com and completed the course by scoring good grades in the final assessments. Moreover, in my pre-final year S1 the motivation for coding inspired me to create a coding group, named ‘BugCoder’, in my college, for which I gathered all the coding enthusiasts and instilled the zeal for group coding. To my astonishments, the online course and the group aided me substantially in improving my knowledge of Algorithms and Data Structures thereby improving my performance in competitions. Now to explore the vast expanses of the computer field, I interned at Easyway PDDN IT Services after 2nd year,S2 where I underwent training on Qt(C++) and then later worked on developing a cross platform GUI for a Point of Sale system. This experience gave me an insight into working in a professional setting. The knowledge I freshmen year. Impressed by my project the professors asked me to use the application in conducting the pre-placement preparation tests by making me the coordinator of the. Later on, as part of my curriculum I built an instant messaging app called Babble Messenger for my final year project. The app was built specifically for Android platform, which made use of Java, PHP/MySQL and Google Cloud Messaging API. The main aim of this project was to improve the communication between members of a team working on a project. Apart from programming languages, subjects like DBMS, Operating Systems, Theory of Automata also interested me a lot. My scores in these subjects reflect my interests of these fields. One other subject which caught my attention was Artificial Intelligence and from here onwards I thought of learning the bits and pieces of this vast field. So, after my bachelors degree, I wrote a review paper on “Introduction to Artificial Intelligence & Associated Technologies” which discusses the meaning and applications of Artificial Intelligence along with its merits & de-merits. The paper was published by International Journal on Recent and Innovation Trends in Computing and Communication (IJRITCC). Selected in final year campus placement. I joined Virtusa full-time in November 2016 and first went through their training in Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Here, I worked with RPA technology in a tool named Automation Anywhere that is used to automate tasks that earlier required human interaction. The tool really interested me and I started exploring the tool. There were then some assignments based on the RPA technology, wherein my performance was one of the best in the batch of 60-70 employees. After the training period, we were assigned with some final assignments to solve real-world corporate problems and I topped the final assessments. Impressed by my skills, the trainer recommended me a Support-cum-Development project where I needed to handle development as well as interact with the client. I became a bridge between the company’s development team and the client team. This helped me learn how to interact with clients and understand their business requirements and then translate them into technical specifications. This significantly improved my communication skills. Also I learned the skill of prioritizing and organizing the tasks during times when I was flooded with the work. With my growing experience, I was assigned a ‘Knowledge Transfer’ task by my manager, wherein I had to teach my juniors all that I had learned. This task further increased my learning as I could reflect back on my knowledge. It also further enhanced my leadership abilities. Now that I’ve learned a few programming languages, data structures, algorithms, automation, I am confident that I’m ready to grasp the knowledge of the field of Artificial Intelligence. And I S3 strongly believe S4 that your university S5 is going to help me learn and excel in the field of AI.Post my Masters, I aspire to be a part of an Artificial Intelligence Product team of tech giants like Google and Facebook. Thereafter, I wish to work with the Start-ups aimed at improving education using artificial intelligence. Since, in the long run I intend to pursue the path of entrepreneurship in collaboration with other like-minded professionals. My prime goal is to establish a product-oriented startup with primary focus on developing applications for various platforms. We would be catering to a suite of products for the education industry. In addition, I also plan to set up a platform where best of the best professionals can share their knowledge, so that beginners from anywhere with very few resources can also access quality education and guidance.In order to accomplish my goal, a Master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning appears to be the most logical progression as it would be a perfect platform to launch my career. I look forward to gaining a competitive edge through deepening my understanding of various algorithms for Machine Learning and upgrading my technical skills through the well-structured curriculum. I am excited at the prospect of learning under erudite faculties, whose numerous projects and research in the field of Machine Learning and Data science has left me fascinated. Given an opportunity, I would hope to involve myself in the ongoing research at SUNY Buffalo, like Document Analysis and Recognition. The excellent research facilities like the ODIn Lab would facilitate my research pursuits in my field of interest i.e. Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. Hence, I look forward to joining and making full use of these opportunities at SUNY Buffalo.