Diane Wright | January 19, 2017
Some 175 years after Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C, trekked through the frozen Indiana wilderness to found the University of Notre Dame, 10 Notre Dame juniors majoring in computer science and engineering have begun their own journey to the University’s next frontier: Silicon Valley.
They are the first participants in Notre Dame California’s new Silicon Valley Semester (SVS), through which they will spend the next four months immersed in the heart of innovation while still enjoying an experience that is uniquely Notre Dame.
“Our top priority is to ensure these 10 students get the most out of their semester in the Valley, both in the classroom and out in the marketplace,” said Patrick Flynn, Duda Family Professor of Engineering and interim director of Notre Dame California. “Beyond that, we plan to use the lessons learned during the inaugural Silicon Valley Semester to expand the program to a broad set of majors in the coming years. Our goal is to increase enrollment in the SVS to 40 or more juniors in 2018, and we hope to launch similar semester-long undergraduate experiences in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange County in future years.”
SVS students combine a full-time academic course load with a credit-bearing internship. Kaci Kelly, Notre Dame’s talent and employer relations specialist, has worked closely with some of the most dynamic companies in Silicon Valley — companies such as Stryker, a leader in medical technology; Stellar Solutions, a global provider of systems engineering expertise; Kyndi, an intelligent machines technology company; and OpsPanda, a leader in software-as-a-service applications for sales resource planning — to develop the internships.