Gurwara accepted a co-op to work with Portland-based startup New England Marine Monitoring, which specializes in providing expert video review, technical support, and program management to electronic fisheries monitoring programs in New England. At the company—one of six resident startups on the Roux Institute campus—Gurwara manipulates data, such as knot speed for a trip or the outputs generated by the AI algorithm that NEMM uses, to create actionable visualizations.
NEMM has been a great experience for Gurwara, an aspiring entrepreneur. “I’ve always wanted to work for a startup,” she says, “because the experience you gain is unmatched.” Gurwara has also taken advantage of entrepreneurship-focused events organized by Roux Institute Director of Entrepreneurship, Chris Wolfel.
As for her future plans, Gurwara imagines building a data-management tool to help companies use their data to grow and improve, or perhaps combining her love of technology and fashion. “Projects I’m working on for NEMM will prepare me for the kind of work I need to do to succeed.”
She’s also made Portland her home. “I’ve never seen a more beautiful city,” she says, “and the people are so kind and warm. I’ve always been a small-town girl, so Portland matches my speed perfectly.”