Alexander (Alex) Chopp graduated from the University of Michigan in May of 2013 with a degree in Biomolecular Science. Upon graduation, Alex chose the ESTEEM program to help bridge the gap between his technical background and the lucrative business world. Originally from Grand Rapids, MI and the eldest of two boys, Alex is an avid fisherman and hunter. For his capstone Thesis Project, Alex worked with University of Notre Dame Professor Matt Leevy and his company Medical Data Printers.
Medical Data Printers is the result of a validated protocol for the rapid and inexpensive production of high-resolution physical plastic models derived from 3D printing of pre-clinical X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) data sets (in press at J. Vis. Exp). This technology is still being developed. The company eventually plans to provide Ear/Nose/Throat (ENT) doctors with personalized, high-resolution, 3D physical models of a given patient’s head in which the airways and structure of the sinuses are completely preserved. These models will be used to practice complicated sinus surgeries ahead of an operation with the goal of reducing overall surgical time as well as reducing errors.
Currently Alex is Associate Territory Manager in the Detroit area for Olympus Corporation.
Says Alex about his time in the Program: “After completing my bachelor’s degree I was confident in my technical ability but had no idea how to turn this knowledge into income. The ESTEEM Program opened my eyes to the world of business and allowed me to develop as a young professional. Its inspiring professors and top-notch administrative staff made the hard work enjoyable, and I couldn’t be any happier with my preparedness for the job market. The ESTEEM Program was not only a worthwhile investment in my career, but was also a catalyst for meaningful, life-long relationships with some of the best people this world has to offer.”