Hey, I am Ajinkya Bhole. I come from the small city of Aurangabad, situated in west-central India. It has been five months since I started my Master’s degree in Systems and Control here at UT.
Humans try to shape their surroundings such that they gain greater control over them. This, in fact, is the direction of my study programme. Simply put, Systems and Control is the science of understanding a system at hand at the most basic level and steering it to a desired behaviour. The uniqueness of this subject lies in its complexity, as it employs concepts from a vast multitude of sciences. The programme provides three choices of specialization: Biomechatronics, Control Theory, and Robotics and Mechatronics. When I think about the different realms of science and technology, it is hard to think of a domain that has and will continue to advance the world as much as Robotics. This is the reason I chose the Robotics and Mechatronics specialization within my study programme.
During my Bachelor’s I had already boiled down my interest to Robotics. I enthusiastically followed the work of research labs directed towards Robotics. Clearly one of the pacesetters in the field of Robotics, the Robotics and Mechatronics Lab (RAM Lab) at UT was the one which I desperately wanted to join and it was my motivation for applying to UT. The research directions of the lab dovetailed perfectly with my interests and I thought it would serve as a capstone to my engineering capabilities. The applications procedure for UT was the least complicated and above all free! I heard back from the admissions committee quite early and the process was as easy as rolling off a log! I received exceptional guidance and prompt replies to my questions during the admissions process.
The University organizes a Kick-In programme for freshers to get acquainted with life at UT. The Kick-In was by far the best experience I have ever had, and if it were possible to travel back in time, I would be happy to experience it again! I made many international friends, who are culturally diverse, which has made my life here on campus exciting and educating.
The past five months have been mesmerizing to say the least. The welcoming environment of the University, a passion-driven research culture, top-notch sports and cultural facilities, and a happening student life are all reasons I would recommend someone to opt for UT.
Aspiring to be a research scientist in the field of Robotics, I plan to pursue a PhD after my Master’s to further specialize in this field. There is no doubt in my mind that the coming century will witness the most remarkable research in Robotics and I aspire to be a part of it.