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Innovations with Predictive Analytics

Predictive analytics is generating buzz within the ESTEEM program. Both current students and alumni have embraced thesis projects that use predictive algorithms to create novel innovations.

Alumni Spotlight: Saint Mary's College and 2011 ESTEEM Graduate Michelle Kappes

Surgical intervention is often necessary for people suffering from severe back pain. Interbody spinal fusion is a common practice used to alleviate pain caused when a bulging or herniated disc impinges on the spinal cord or nerve root. Polyetherertherketone (PEEK) cages are commonly used in such instances, because they contain similar weight-bearing properties to bone and are sufficiently transparent to X-ray to allow radiographic assessment of the bony fusion desired within a cavity in the cage. However, PEEK fusion cages are dense and bioinert, which prevents the cage from fusing and fully integrating with the spine without the addition of additional bone-inducing agents. Michelle Kappes (far right in photo below), a Saint Mary’s College

Alumni Spotlight: St. Mary's and Notre Dame ESTEEM Graduate Kelly Deranek

In recent years, the development and application of nanoparticles has exploded in research laboratories and the development of new technologies.  Nanotechnology is used to create new types of sunscreen, to miniaturize computer chips to develop more efficient solar panels, and to create new means of drug delivery.…

What is the "Triple Bottom Line?"

The Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is an accounting method used to evaluate the economic, social, and ecological impact of an organization on society. Centered on the three pillars—people, planet, profit—TBL accounting has exploded in popularity among major corporations over the past decade, as public awareness of outsourced labor and global climate change exposed the potential hidden costs of social and environmental exploitation that occurred in an effort to generate financial profit. John Elkington, who coined the term in 1994, emphasized that major corporations have a responsibility to acknowledge their total impact on a society according–and must be held accountable for their use of natural, social, and economic resources.…

2011 ESTEEM Alumni Spotlight: Michael T. Dean

Michael Dean, a 2011 graduate of the Esteem Program at Notre Dame recently took some time to share first hand his experiences and thoughts on the Esteem Program and how he found it to be the perfect fit for him and his career following graduation.

“I graduated from Notre Dame in 2010 with a B.S. degree in Science Business.  After various experiences during both my junior and senior years, I decided that I really wanted to go into a career focused on the commercialization of novel scientific discoveries.  To my knowledge and satisfaction upon its conclusion, ESTEEM could adequately prepare me for this endeavor.  At the onset of the year, I did not know what to expect of this new program but was greatly pleased with the many concepts and skills I acquired.…

Career Boosters

Your on campus career center is a valuable resource while you search for future employment.  Did you ever wonder if there are other useful tools to help prepare you for your career and accelerate your career once you land that dream job? 

AfterCollege.com  and New Grad Life 

Former ESTEEM Student Applies Six Sigma Methodologies to Healthcare

Szymon Ryzner, double domer and 2010 graduate of the ESTEEM Program at Notre Dame, has taken the tools and skills acquired from ESTEEM to the medical world.  Szymon is a Performance Improvement Facilitator for the Central DuPage Hospital - Delnor Health System in Illinois. Szymon uses both Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to improve efficiency in various hospital departments such as laboratories, pharmacies, and inpatient units to reduce errors and improve turnaround time.  Szymon is also the project manager for the merging of two local hospital laboratories.  …

How can the ESTEEM program make your science, engineering, or mathematics major more marketable?

ESTEEM graduate and double domer Kerri Dugan says it “helped me learn how I can apply my biology degree in a business setting.” An Associate Project Manager at BGB New York, a pharmaceutical marketing agency specializing in content development for promotional medical education, Kerri also states the ESTEEM program helped supplement her B.S. in Biological Sciences (’09) from the University of Notre Dame by helping her to:…

How and where are graduates of the ESTEEM program applying their unique skills?

Graduates of the University of Notre Dame’s one-year ESTEEM program work as Program and Project Managers, in R&D and Marketing, and in Project Design and Implementation, as well as in a whole host of other occupations, at both startup companies like Environmental DNA Solutions and at established businesses large and small, including:…

2010 ESTEEM Alum Wins Prize at McCloskey Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to Double Domer Sophia Cortez and partners Tyler Iams and Tracey Iams for winning the FISH Social Venture R&D Award as part of the 2010-2011 McCloskey Business Plan Competition for their venture, Education Competition.  The team won prizes that included $7,000 in cash and in-kind services including space and services at Innovation Park.  Education Computation will implement a modular teaching program by bringing technology to students at residential facilities and group homes to bridge the growing digital divide while using novel software to enhance test scores and increase high school graduation rates.   …

ESTEEM Students Win Prizes at 2011 Rice University Business Plan Competition

Congratulations to Double Domer Will McLeod and ND Alum Ryan Tatzel of Lono, LLC for winning a total of $105,500 in prizes at the 2011 Rice University Business Plan Competition this past weekend for SmarterShade. http://www.smartershade.com/


Prizes included the $100,000 Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Prize for Clean Tech Innovation, and first place in the ELEC 394 Sheafor-Lindsay-Sinclair elevator pitch competition.   SmarterShade is a new window technology that can tint from clear to dark on command. Instead of using blinds or shades, any window, skylight or mirror can be darkened at the flip of a switch.…