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ESTEEM 2015: Looking Forward

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Do good. Have fun. Make an impact.

It sounds cliché, but as I started this post I was not sure what to write about. As the first post about the new ESTEEM Class of 2015, how could I encompass the diversity that is our class in one short blog post? We are doctors, nuclear engineers, opera singers, dancers, athletes, computer scientists, and chemists, to describe but a few of us. How can one word embody who we are? Indeed, I was at a loss, because there truly is not a simple answer to this question. Instead, I believe that we are unified in our mission to become entrepreneurs. We take risks, are not afraid to be wrong, and go above and beyond, yet as I looked at our class I felt that we could be summarized not in a word, but in an idea, or rather a collection of three simple ones:…

Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Tonia Hap Murphy

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Tonia Hap Murphy, who earned an undergraduate degree in English at the University of Notre Dame and a law degree at the University of Michigan, figures her stint with Eli Lilly in Indianapolis provided valuable background for her work with ESTEEM students. Murphy, who came to Notre Dame in 1992, teaches business law to undergraduates in the Mendoza College of Business and has taught in ESTEEM since the program began.…

Faculty Spotlight: Prof. James O'Rourke

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After James O'Rourke IV earned his bachelor of business administration in management at Notre Dame in 1968, he took a commission in the U.S. Air Force and spent years moving around the world – Pennsylvania, Ireland, New Mexico, Labrador, New York, Colorado, United Kingdom, Indiana. He picked up master’s degrees in communication from Temple University and speech from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in communication from Syracuse University with further study at Cambridge University. He worked on a flight test squadron for the Air Force and taught English and communication.…

Military Spotlight: Dan Cole

Photo of Dan Cole while in the military

Dan Cole, who served in the U.S. Navy from 2000-2007, worked on two summer research fellowships at Notre Dame while he was earning a degree in electrical engineering technology at Purdue University’s College of Technology in South Bend. He developed an electromagnet that can control the direction of the magnetic field in nanomagnets.…

Military Spotlight: Michael Hood

Lieutenant Michael Hood graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2005, attended fight school, and was deployed around the world with the Navy to conduct helicopter operations until 2012, when he started teaching in the ROTC program at Notre Dame. Hood, who studied math and engineering in his undergraduate years, had become interested in technology and entrepreneurship, so he joined the ESTEEM Program.…

Military Spotlight: Niels Seim

Niels Seim had a year left in his Air Force ROTC when he graduated from Notre Dame last year with a degree in aerospace engineering. He considered pursuing an MBA before he heard about ESTEEM’s 11-month master’s degree.

“I kind of always wanted to be a business major, but I didn’t want to do it as an undergraduate,” Seim says. “I said, ‘how can I leverage the engineering stuff I’ve done the past for years moving forward, and the ESTEEM program popped up.”…

Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Alan Huebner, PhD

An ESTEEM student from Alan Huebner’s statistics class two years ago stayed around Notre Dame after graduation and worked with some professors and graduate students in the College of Engineering on a new type of technology. More recently, the student enlisted Huebner to help the group with some data analysis.…

Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Kathleen Eggleson, PhD

Kathleen Eggleson, who earned her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Notre Dame, was conducting research on malaria for her Ph.D. when she recognized the vast complexity of fighting disease in the real world far beyond the laboratory.

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“As much as we thought we were all working for a cure for malaria, it was a much more complicated problem than science could solve by itself,” she says. “Science was part of the solution, but there are other parts there – climate, culture, poverty, ineffective government—other factors that require a human side of approaching the problem. I wanted to be part of this effort to serve on the human side and

Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Michael Whitt, PhD

Michael David Whitt knows about translating engineering ideas and discoveries into commercial products, from mercury-free, longer-lasting alkaline batteries to medical devices – he holds four patents and developed a noninvasive early detection method for heart disease that led to the startup Cordex Systems, where he is vice president.…

Latest Barbie: Entrepreneurship Now a Viable Career Option

Entrepreneur Ashley Kalinauskas considers Entrepreneur Barbie a friend.
 
Kalinaukas graduated from ESTEEM in 2013 and became the CEO of Torigen Pharmaceutials, a cancer-fighting pet vaccination startup based on the research of Dr. Mark Suckow and developed in Kalinaukas’ capstone thesis project. Entrepreneur Barbie, in a pink dress accessorized with a tablet, smartphone, and briefcase, is the latest of Mattel’s ubiquitous doll’s more than 150 careers. The doll comes in a choice of four ethnicities.…

ESTEEM: A Year in Review

Ciaran at an ND Home Football Game

The following is a brief reflection on the ESTEEM Program Year by Ciaran Murphy who joined the program as a Naughton Fellow. Ciaran moved here from his native Ireland in June of 2012 and will be returning there in just a few weeks to take a position with the Glen Dimplex Group where he will be a Business Associate working out of their R&D Centre in Dunleer, Co Louth, Ireland.

Student Spotlight: Nate HIggins

A year ago, Pennsylvania native Nate Higgins chose the ESTEEM program as the perfect intersection of his engineering physics degree from Juniata College and his business interest from internships that involved product launches. Today, Higgins is involved in two promising startup companies – one from his ESTEEM capstone project and one from a classroom assignment that grew into an online service for graduate student housing at Notre Dame.…

The Thesis Experience: An Inside Look

One of the most daunting moments of the ESTEEM program was when Lynette, our thesis advisor, showed us example theses from prior classes. She had described the required five chapters plus business plan and financial workbook, but seeing the stack of papers was quite a shock. I had written a 30-page thesis in college, but each chapter in the ESTEEM examples was that long or more. At least we had nearly a year to do it; I needed to relax and take it one step at a time.…

ESTEEM Spin-Off enFocus Continues to Impact & Grow

The enFocus initiative, a collaboration between the University of Notre Dame and South Bend business and civic leaders launched in 2012 with seven ESTEEM graduates, has expanded its participant and sponsor base while establishing a sustainable, replicable business model. Four of the original participants stayed for the program’s second year, and one was hired by the City of South Bend.…

Student Spotlight: Lucy Driscoll

 Lucy Driscoll became interested in medical devices during her senior year at Notre Dame, where she graduated in 2013 with a degree in mechanical engineering. She joined the ESTEEM Class of 2014, where she works with mentor Diane Wagner, an Associate Professional Specialist in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, on a strategy to strengthen joint cartilage and relieve arthritis pain.…

Immigrants as Entrepreneurs: US Policy Could Have Substantial Impact

A Kauffman Foundation report estimates that a startup visa for immigrant entrepreneurs could create between 500,000 and 1.5 million jobs or more. Several proposals in Congress would make it easier for people from other countries to start business in the United States. Other nations, including Canada and New Zealand, have already adopted such policies.…

US Widely Viewed as Entrepreneurial Leader - But Could Do Better

Entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon, but it is developing differently in different nations. The United States is the world leader in entrepreneurship by most measures, although not all, and Total Entrepreneurial Activity (TEA) rates in the United States have rebounded vigorously since the economic downtown.…

Using Entrepreneurship to Solve the World's Big Problems

Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Program equips students not only with technical, entrepreneurial, and business skills but also with a vision for applying their expertise to solve big problems and make a positive impact on the world. ESTEEM Director David Murphy highlighted that dimension in his remarks at the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2013.

The McCloskey Business Plan Competition - a Valuable Learning Experience

Amanda Miller is a member of the ESTEEM Class of 2014.

Around mid-August 2013, the McCloskey Business Plan Competition became a frequent topic of conversation among the ESTEEM students. Our class would talk about whether we were going to enter our thesis project, what other ideas we might enter, and who wanted to join what team. By mid-October, 16 of our 23-member class were busy working on the Round 1 Plans, with four students working on two teams. I worked on two teams – South Bend Student Housing with ESTEEM classmates, and Imani Health, my thesis project, with MBAs and a student who worked on the technology development.…