Robert is a 2015 ESTEEM graduate.
He was born in Tarnowskie Góry, Poland. At 17 he moved to Dublin, Ireland where he attended secondary school -- known as high school on this side of the Atlantic -- and completed his undergraduate degree in Software Engineering at Dublin City University. After university, Robert was fortunate enough to be awarded the Naughton Fellowship to the ESTEEM Program and thereby arrived at the home of the Fighting Irish, the University of Notre Dame.
During ESTEEM, Robert's thesis project was focused on medications - how people take them, what do people know about the pills they take, and how their knowledge influences the treatment duration and effectiveness. He worked on a business plan for an application called ‘MedVisor’ - a tool that teaches people about symptoms and the side effects of the drugs they take. It also allows a patient to monitor their progress and conduct analysis of their condition over time. The thesis project combined with ESTEEM curriculum showed Robert the importance of customer validation, market fit and marketing. On top of that, Robert says, he was "taught how to run a business from accounting, finance and intellectual property perspectives. I found it to be a very valuable experience that complemented my technical knowledge and will be very beneficial in my career."
Currently, Robert is employed as a Software Engineer at Apple in Cupertino, CA. His work is focused on Contacts, Calendar and Reminders for OS X. He spends his days developing user facing applications and underlying frameworks that support them, with the opportunity to be a part of a team that delivers new features to millions of users across the globe. Says Robert, "Every day I learn something new from a group of very experienced individuals, working at one of the world's most innovative companies. It is a very exciting job - by far the most challenging but also the most rewarding experience ever. I see myself working in the industry for the next few years as I still have a lot to learn. Having said that, one day, when I develop enough skill and expertise in software, I would like to dive into the entrepreneurial world and create something of my own. Technical expertise combined with the vast business knowledge one receives from the ESTEEM program is in my opinion a recipe for success."