I work as a data scientist and many of the problems I am presented with require a non-trivial amount of research to solve, and so, a portion of my work week consist of reading relevant literature.
I throughly enjoy doing this, and in doing so, wonder if there is a contribution I could make to a local research group. More specifically, would it be completely out of place to write a local university and ask to join a research group or is this something that is frowned upon?
In my head I envision this as an interesting symbiotic partnership where students could be exposed to methods from the private sector and I get to scratch my academic itch, but I certainly don’t want to step on any toes or have the appearance of taking someone’s place.
By "join a research group" I mean finding a lab that is working on a problem I am interested in, going to said lab, meet the members, help solve a problem in anyway I can (writing code, discussing ideas, etc...).
Also for context, I am in the US.