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Faculty Spotlight -- Michael Kitz

Michael Kitz, who earned dual degrees in engineering and theology at Notre Dame in 1985, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, spent more than two decades in industry, focused on product development, marketing, and management. His globetrotting career included years at Procter & Gamble, Motorola, Honeywell, Chrysler, Goodyear Tire, and OfficeMax, where he was chief marketing officer, head of product development, and leader of a large sourcing operation in China.…

2016 Naughton Fellowship Awardees Announced

Twenty-one students have been announced as awardees of the Naughton Fellowships for 2016. The research fellowships were awarded to undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph.D. students from the University of Notre Dame and from four universities in Ireland. This year’s winners from Notre Dame represent three Notre Dame Colleges and Schools, including Arts and Letters, Engineering, and Science.…

ESTEEM is...

I definitely wasn’t alone in having some trouble explaining to family members, friends, and potential employers exactly what Notre Dame’s ESTEEM program really was. Thanks to a rather misleading acronym, the Master’s program invoked a whole lot of “huhs?” from curious individuals (whose guesses ranged from “is it like an MBA?” to “are you in a self-help program?”). Though by the end of the first semester I had developed a quick, cohesive explanation to describe the technology commercialization aspect of the program, I always felt that my elevator pitch was quite wanting. How do you pack eleven months of hard work, friendships, opportunities and emotions into a thirty second spiel? Entrepreneurship curriculum aside, here would be my shortlist of the elements that make ESTEEM, ESTEEM:…

Faculty Spotlight: Prof. Mark Bourgeois

Mark Bourgeois has pursued both engineering and philosophy in alternating stages of his career. Now they’ve come together in the Technology and Ethics course he will teach to ESTEEM students, developed in part from a philosophy of technology undergraduate course that he teaches as a postdoctoral research associate in Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values.…

My Week in ESTEEM -- Week 30

We enjoyed our final class on Wednesday the 4th of May and the very next day thesis defenses ended. Despite having spent time considering the past year’s journey, the end somehow managed to creep up on me. The final defense was followed by a get-together in the second floor conference room of Innovation Park. A mere 316 days prior the entire ESTEEM class gathered in the very same room for our welcoming dinner. Too often my heart sinks wondering how so many days have escaped me. Yet as I surveyed the room, I was met by sense of completeness; not of melancholic departure or finality but of pride and anticipation. I did not stay long in my moment of reflective reticence, there were manygoodbyes and a pending adventure begging my attention.…