Mark Roche grew up in Athlone, the heart of Ireland, and studied Electrical & Electronic Engineering at NUI Galway. He took classes ranging from power electronics to programming, and his final year thesis project was research conducted into the digital control of magnetic suspension systems. Mark’s drive to shape the world for the better began with his involvement in debate in secondary school, researching and speaking on topics concerning developing countries. As part of the school team, he was fortunate to engage with some innovative projects in Rwanda. Since then, he has focused on utilizing his technical skills to empower others, such as through teaching robotics and 3D design to children and young adults.
Mark joined the ESTEEM program as a Naughton Fellow to complement his engineering background with business and finance expertise, to continue his professional development, and to meet fascinating people. His capstone thesis was undertaken with IIC, a company specializing in high-performance semiconductor packaging, where he developed a market entrance strategy for healthcare applications of their technology.
Throughout his ESTEEM ‘career’, Mark has placed third nationally in a simulation-based cyber threat competition, achieved second place in a Startup Weekend in South Bend, organized another on campus, and biked to raise funds and awareness for orphan disease research with his peers. In whatever spare time he has, Mark enjoys reading, running, gaming, and tinkering with microcontrollers.
Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Mark joined Deloitte’s cyber security practice. Within this rapidly accelerating space that demands both technological understanding and business acumen, he hopes to align himself with security for smart grids, smart cities, and robotics. Any current or aspiring ESTEEMers should not hesitate to reach out and connect.