Nina Welding | February 15, 2017
A few weeks ago, the first ever group of 10 computer science and computer engineering students traveled to California to begin their semester studying in Silicon Valley.
The program has been in the works since Notre Dame California interim director Patrick Flynn was on sabbatical last school year.
“Things went quiet in the early spring semester of 2016 because [former Notre Dame California director Greg] Crawford was starting to transition to Miami University, but when I was asked to step in as the interim director for Notre Dame California, this idea was revived and I was encouraged to pursue it,” he said. “Since that time, it’s been a matter of setting things up and getting it into place and identifying students to come out here and then making things go when they started arriving earlier in the semester.”
Students involved in the program split their time between three classes — all offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays — and an internship.
Junior computer science major Luke Duane is working 20 hours a week as a data scientist with OpsPanda, a sales-resource planning startup that reached out to him.