Alex Brown '20

Mapping the Ocean through Artificial Intelligence
graduate student Alex Brown

Alex Brown graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a bachelor of science degree in computer science in 2018. The Madison, New Hampshire native was accepted into the accelerated master’s program in the Spring of 2017 and aims to work in artificial intelligence and robotics in the New Hampshire and greater Boston area

Why did you choose UNH for your graduate program?

The quick reason I decided to continue into graduate school is that I felt like I wasn’t done learning. Choosing computer science was the natural extension of my education, Since I’d already had the chance to meet many of the professors and other students in the department, I knew it would be a good fit.

UNH really never gave me any reason to leave, and like I mentioned before I had already met and begun cultivating relationships with many professors in the Computer Science department, so I was excited to continue doing so.

What is your research focus?

My research is in autonomous ocean surveying via artificial intelligence, at the UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping.

What have you found most unique, enjoyable or beneficial part of being in the UNH community?

One of my favorite things about the UNH community is there’s always someone to talk to about my research. Whether it’s my advisor, other professors and researchers, other grad students, or the visiting professors the department routinely brings in for talks, I’ve always been able to broaden my horizons by talking to someone new.

How do you feel this program will help prepare you for your career or further education?

I suspect that the hands-on experience with artificial intelligence and robotics I’m getting through my research will be crucial for my career. It’s so far beyond anything I could have done as an undergraduate that I think it will really set me apart in the job market.

What is your advice to someone considering a graduate program at UNH?

I’d advise new grad students to make sure they learn about all the opportunities for learning and social events that the graduate community puts together. There’s always a seminar for something going on somewhere on campus, and they’re a great way to learn things you won’t find in any classes and meet other grad students and guest speakers from other institutions.