It is my pleasure to provide this recommendation for Aman Soni as he applies for admission as a Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona. As Aman’s department head at the National Institute of Rock Mechanics (NIRM), I have worked closely with him over the past six months. During this time, Aman has shown excellent technical, research and analytical skills and consistently surpassed the institute’s expectations. I have been working at NIRM, an institute under the Ministry of Mines, India for the past 27 years. Currently, I am working as Scientist F. Throughout my career, I have worked in the field of rock mechanics in the mining and civil engineering including ground control, strata monitoring and stability analysis of excavations using numerical modelling. First, Aman has been an asset to NIRM by consistently performing well in his projects after he joined the institute in June 2017. He has a thorough understanding of applied geomechanics and instincts for identifying glitches and pursuing intelligent solutions. Last fall, for instance, he worked for an underground zinc mining project as a temporary replacement but impressed the clients so much that he has been taken a permanent project member and has been working closely with our geotechnical department ever since. Aman has the combination of technical acumen and research skills that make him an outstanding scientist. Second, Aman is adept at learning new technology quickly. He knows our continuum modelling software thoroughly and helps provide technical solutions to clients in an accessible way. He efficiently makes use of all the technological avenues within his reach to optimize a problem given to him. He is also responsible for conducting audits at underground mines and provide solutions to improve the prevalent ground control system. Aman makes the most of current technological trends to find innovative prospects and provide modern solutions. Finally, Aman has proven himself to be a strong cultural fit here at NIRM, both professionally and personally. He is very helpful towards his teammates and colleagues and actively contributes to technical discussions and meetings. His contributions to our department in this short span of time are really commendable. I would like to restate my strong recommendation for Aman’s application in his desire to pursue Ph.D. at your organization. I’m confident that he will exceed your expectations and would be an invaluable member of your research group. Aman is motivated, self-confident, proactively helpful, and technically strong. I am confident that he will continue to find success in his future endeavors.