I am going to be applying to Iowa State as well as a couple other universities for the upcoming spring semester. I would really appreciate it if some of you would read what I have written so far for the letter of intent. It's not quite done, but this is the bulk of it...let me know what you think as far as format, tone, grammatical errors,... Growing up in the state of Iowa, I have been familiar with Iowa State University for as long as I can remember. When I was young I would see people representing Iowa State colors and merchandise adorned with the highly recognizable cyclone mascot. Nevertheless it wasn’t until after my family and I moved to South Dakota that I began to grasp the rich engineering history present at Iowa State. And after pursuing my bachelors of science in mechanical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, I began looking into potential graduate schools. Yet during my search of top aerospace programs I kept coming back to the university I remembered so fondly as a child. Not simply because of Iowa States well known program and research opportunities, but also its rich heritage, and unique campus. If accepted I plan to enter on the path towards a Master of Science in the field of Engineering Mechanics. I am confidant that my academic background has prepared me not only for the course work, but also for performing quality research that contributes to the university. During the final years of my undergraduate studies I began to specialize in the field of mechanics by taking electives such as Finite Element Analysis, Machine Design II, and Mechanical Vibrations. In addition, throughout my curriculum I constantly strived to not only learn the concepts being taught, but to learn how those concepts interlock to form pieces of a larger puzzle. This has allowed me to solve a wide variety of open ended problems. One example of such a problem is from senior design when I was tasked with developing and testing a mathematical model to analyze and predict the behavior of a small airflow sensor our team was in the process of designing and developing. And although many aspects of the problem extended beyond the undergraduate level, I was able to make appropriate assumptions and break the problem down until I arrived at an acceptable model. I believe that all of these experiences have prepared me for the academic challenges that lie ahead at the graduate level. In the immediate future, if accepted, I plan on applying my course work to research in the field of engineering mechanics working as a research assistant; ideally working on problems related to aerospace structures and structural dynamics. After attaining my Masters of Science I see my self either continuing on towards a Ph.D. or working in the aerospace industry helping to design and develop unique structural solutions for air and space vehicles.