Nick Machesney

Nick Machesney

After attending high school in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nick received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he had the opportunity to intern at Arup Engineering and study abroad in Sevilla, Spain. Upon graduating, he moved to New York and accepted a job at Certified Construction as a project manager where he helped lead the renovation of several upscale New York City hotels, homes, and restaurants.

Craving more creative innovation work, Nick joined the ESTEEM program in 2014 for the opportunity it would provide him to merge his engineering background with design and business. While at Notre Dame he focused on new product development and helped create a new research CT-scanner for his thesis project. He was also a part of the Elpam Vodka sustainable distillery project that successfully placed top-ten in the McCloskey Business Plan competition.

During his time in South Bend, Nick was part of a group of eight other ND students, including six fellow ESTEEM students, that spent eight months transforming a twenty-year-old school bus into a luxury RV. Dubbed the Serendipitibus, the tiny home transported the group 8,000 miles around the country to cities, national parks and 20 different states before gaining them international recognition on sites like Popular Mechanics, Reddit and TinyHouseTalk.com.

Since his travels came to an end, Nick returned to NYC where he is currently working on the Ideas Development team at Fahrenheit-212, a global innovation, strategy and design consulting firm. Like ESTEEM, Fahrenheit-212 operates at the intersection of innovation and business, solving problems, defining strategy and bringing new products and services to market for a diverse portfolio of clients. Outside of work, Nick enjoys traveling, DIY projects and obsessing over the Green Bay Packers.