Josue N Rivera '21: The value of faculty mentorship

Josue discusses how faculty mentorship and novel research opportunities inspired his academic path.

Josue Rivera
Josue completed the accelerated BS/MS program at UMassD and is now pursuing a double PhD at Purdue University.

“I attended UMass Dartmouth for my undergraduate degree and found inspiration in the research being performed by various professors in the Computer Science department,” says Josue N. Rivera who initially earned his bachelor’s degree in the field. “So, when I became aware of the BS + MS programs I knew that I wanted to continue my graduate studies at UMass Dartmouth’s College of Engineering.”

Josue says he heartily believes the quality of professors that students encounter has a profound impact on the professional development of a student, particularly at the graduate level. “At UMass Dartmouth, I had great professors each semester, from the beginning to the end. During my master’s degree program, I worked directly with these professors. I learned about new topics and explored novel research in my field that I would have likely not learned had I explored by myself,” he says.

“The research that I worked on while at UMass Dartmouth, especially the one on graph-induced lifelong learning through features similarities and dissimilarities, allowed me to stand out among the competition when applying to internships and PhD programs. It demonstrated innovative and novel solutions to challenges that exist in machine learning today.”

Josue earned his master’s degree in computer science this past summer and served as a research associate intern at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, California. He is a graduate research assistant at Purdue University where he is concurrently completing two PhD programs: one in aeronautics and astronautics and the other in computer science.



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