Bowdoin Unveils Partnership with Institut Roux for Computer Science and Data Analytics – The Bowdoin Orient
Announcing that it has entered into a partnership with Northeastern’s Roux Institute in Portland, the College can offer more academic and professional development opportunities for STEM students, including internships with local startups and a potential “four plus one” program. for computer science majors starting as early as fall 2023.
Internships at the Institute are a new way for Bowdoin students to gain industry experience, especially since the College is geographically far removed from the tech hub of Silicon Valley. These experiences, coupled with the upcoming dual degree program, will provide Bowdoin computer science students with another opportunity to advance their careers.
The Roux Institute was created in November 2020 with a $100 million donation from David Roux. A co-founder of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, Roux is a former Bowdoin director who donated $10 million to help fund construction of the Roux Center for the Environment in 2016. The Roux Institute is still building its permanent campus. scheduled for completion in 2024. Its temporary campus, located at 100 Fore Street in Portland, currently hosts a number of master’s and postdoctoral programs in computer science, data science, biotechnology, and other related fields.
For Bowdoin students interested in exploring these areas, the College’s partnership with Institut Roux promises new opportunities. At Bowdoin, the Office of Career Exploration and Development (CXD) works to provide students with summer research internships and entrepreneurship workshops at the Roux Institute.
Roxana Valdez ’24 was one of three Bowdoin students to intern at the Institute this summer. A computer science graduate, Valdez has worked on machine learning algorithms for biometric data sensors that can be embedded in wearable devices to detect the wearer’s levels of concentration, distraction, and depression.
To complete his stay in the laboratory, Valdez attended “summits” at the Institut Roux.
“Just listening to these people and hearing what they have to say is interesting enough to change your career path,” Valdez said. “Honestly, it’s hard to believe that people who are far from finishing graduate school are still interested in the undergraduate[uates].”
Because Institut Roux was created during the pandemic, its research opportunities were not available to undergraduate students until this summer. As it builds a larger campus and attracts new faculty, these opportunities will expand. The Institute is committed to developing Maine’s local economy, particularly by advising and helping to establish local startups.
“I expect research opportunities to grow for the entrepreneurship side,” said Daniel Calles, associate director of CXD. “As these startups get established, they [will] Need help.”