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Charlie Roohan ’14

Cognitive Science, possible Philosophy or Computer Science Minor

Hometown: East Greenbush, NY

Research: I helped run experiments for PhD student Michel Brudzinski in the CogWorks lab. I Hope to continue helping Cognitive Science research here at RPI.

Activities: I have an interest in film making. Last year, I made a feature length documentary with Brendan Gallagher about people involved in the sport of boxing. The film is called Passion and Struggles and although it is about the sport of boxing, we believe it represents much more. The film is about human nature and how dealing with personal struggles and chasing a dream are surprisingly connected. We tried to make something inspiring, showing how fighters translate what they experience in the ring, into their lives. Last year, we had a viewing and were able to raise around 2500 dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We hope to do more charity events, and we hope to do more to get the word out about our movie. We’ll be submitting it into film festivals.

I hope to continue doing film projects. I would like to make a Cognitive Science Documentary about the Research here at RPI to help spread the word about Cognitive Science.

I also work as a personal trainer and boxing coach at Sweeney’s boxing in Delmar. I work with kids and adults. I have helped train and corner many amateur and professional boxers as well as mixed martial arts fighters. I really enjoy my job. I’m so lucky to have a chance to help people get more fit and prepare them for competition. I was an amateur boxer myself a few years ago. I have an interest in fitness and nutrition. I also love the outdoors and traveling.

Favorite Class? I’ve found almost every class to be interesting but Minds and Machines was really cool.

Favorite thing to do in Troy? Troy has a lot of character. I enjoy checking out all the cool bars and restaurants.

Anything else to share? Here’s a link to the Passion and Struggles trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbzcJWJyRoI

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