Born in an age where science and technology is

Born in an age where science and
technology is rapidly evolving, the principle of operation of systems and
improvement possibilities has always been fascinating to me. This inspired me
to a career in Engineering. With the emergence of new technologies like
hybrid-electric cars, electric trains, solar-powered buildings, it is pertinent
to say that electricity is revolutionizing the world. The thought of how an
invisible but powerful form of energy can affect us so much drove me to pursue
my undergraduate degree program in Electrical Engineering at Nnamdi Azikiwe
University, Nigeria.

I intend to pursue a Masters of
Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in Electrical Engineering at your esteemed
University, with the aim of gaining advanced knowledge, practical understanding
and greater exposure to modern/advanced technology in the area of Power and
Energy System. In addition, I want to develop competency in designing,
analysing and embedding more effective protection scheme, power system
stability and control. My undergraduate studies, professional work experience,
and extracurricular engagements have created a strong base for a successful
postgraduate study and I believe I will be able to adapt to the course
structure and material effectively.

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Prior to the acquisition
of my degree, having taken the following courses; Power System (Analysis, Planning,
Protection and Control), Network Analysis and Synthesis, Control System
Engineering, Power Electronics and Drives, Electrical Power Transmission, Alternative
Energy Sources, High Voltage Engineering, Electromechanical Devices and
Machines. I have a solid background in Power Engineering.  I believe that the practical and theoretical
knowledge I acquired during these courses would be invaluable during my studies
at the University of Saskatchewan.

I have excellent
research skills which were evident in my investigation of the Fault Analysis of Voltage Source Converter
(VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system, a study
carried out on a 132KV transmission system. The aim of the study was to design
a functional model and analyse the system at a steady state, various AC and DC
fault conditions at different points on the system. I gained competency in
Computer Aided Design and numerical analysis and as such, I am proficient in,
MATLAB/Simulink, Proteus, Power World and AutoCAD.

Through the years, I
have been engaged in the field of Electrical Engineering professionally. First
as an intern at Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), during which I was
rotated through Systems Lines, Electrical Maintenance, Systems Operation, and
Protection, Control and Metering (PC&M) Departments. During this period I
gained vast experience in power grid and its equipment protection, power flow
and its control, installation and maintenance of transformers and electrical
switchgears. I was also involved in designing, installing, and maintaining
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Communication facilities
for effective grid operations. In the course of this experience, mysteries that
I use to mull over in my undergraduate days started to unfold and the application
of what seemed useless in the past became apparent.

Currently am carrying
out my National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) and was posted by the Federal
Government to BlueChip Communications where I am actively involved in; Ericsson
microwave installation and maintenance of Base Transmitting Station (BTS),
installation and maintenance of telecommunication 2G and 3G equipment for
Ericsson and Huawei projects, Base Station Controller (BSC) and Radio Network
Controller (RNC) installation for ZTE, Power installation and solar system
incorporation in telecommunication sites.

Aside from academic
excellence and work, I engage in extracurricular activities to help me balance
my mind with a healthy body. I captained Nnamdi Azikiwe University’s basketball
team to two successful competitions. As a way of giving back to the society, I
was a co-founder of Back to School Foundation (BSF), where we source and
generate funds for less privileged students. The experience improved my ability
to work with a team. As a team, lead I learnt how to organise, communicate and
keep calm in unexpected situations, which was also helpful in academic
circumstances.

Being fully aware of the
excellent reputation of the University of Saskatchewan, my conversations with
several of your students and alumni have deepened my interest in attending your
prestigious citadel of learning. I am fully aware that, your outstanding department
coupled with your world-class research and teaching facilities in the area of
power system is different from similar programs both in Nigeria and other
Canadian Universities. Also, your department being the home of two Canada
Research Chairs provide real-world solutions through quality research,
knowledge transfer activities as well as up to date technologies. Studying at
your esteemed university .which is the home of the Canadian Light Source (CLS),
will provide the kind of exposure needed to broaden my horizon.

Canada education system
is one of the most comprehensive in the world and assures quality education.
Its multicultural and welcoming environment makes it easy for adaptation. Also,
its strong interest in advanced technology and engineering makes a degree from
a Canadian university to be considered of a great value globally. These are few
of the reasons why I choose Canada as the best place for my graduate studies.

Upon graduation, I
would like to pursue a career in the Power industry, use the acquired knowledge
to proffer sustainable solution to the epileptic power supply in Nigeria by
incorporating modern technology and methodologies so as to improve the
availability and stability of power. After gaining essential professional
experience, I want to obtain my Professional Engineer’s License, contribute my
own quota to the energy sector and be a driver in improving Africa’s Energy
sector.

I therefore believe
that my study at your department would be a very rewarding experience and hope that
my application will be favourably considered.