I am writing to express my wholehearted support for Aman Soni, who is working as a Scientist B at NIRM since June 2017. Currently, I am working as Scientist F and Head of ‘Geotechnical Engineering’ department at the National Institute of Geomechanics in the Ministry of Mines (Govt.

of India). I am associated mainly with the geological and geotechnical studies of many engineering projects at NIRM including hydropower projects, underground mines, underground storage plants, and irrigation projects in India and abroad. As Aman’s supervisor in one of the few projects he’s working on, I have worked closely with him throughout his time here. I am impressed with his work ethic, friendly personality, and ability to work well under pressure. As he puts in his application for the Ph.

D. program at the University of Arizona, I’m confident that he has the skills to do extremely well as a research student. As a project team member, Aman has demonstrated superlative technical skills and a personable and professional attitude towards everyone. This has got him to be a permanent member of our project even when he is a part of another department. He is currently working on a project to conduct geotechnical mapping and estimate geomechanical parameters at an underground zinc mine. He has demonstrated a profound knowledge in the field of geomechanics and rock characterization.

Even when things get hectic during field visits or providing deliverables, Aman keeps up his energy level and attention to detail. He has brought a lot of knowledge to the table and quickly picked up new tricks of the trade. He also has a clear sense of the responsibilities for managing given tasks. Beyond his technical skills, Aman is well-spoken and intellectual, and he lights up when talking about ideas and innovative trends in the industry. He has shown excellent management skills and developed a rapport with his colleagues, that is characterized by mutual respect.

Aman has my highest recommendation for admission to the Ph.D. program at the University of Arizona. He consistently impressed me and possess all qualities that made him an excellent addition to our institute. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any further information.

Thank you for your time. 


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