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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? 

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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.…

James Bond Would Be Impressed!

Researchers in Illinois have developed a cloaking device that hides underwater objects from sonar. You can imagine the benefits this might have in future military applications, however, researchers are interested in exploring its uses in soundproofing and healthcare as well.

 

Innovation never rests. What new technologies will guide us through the 21st century and what role will your ideas play in this? ESTEEM helps scientists and engineers understand the role of management in the innovation continuum and provides the entrepreneurial and business insights required to ask the important questions about what might be next.…

Top 10 Scientific Innovations of 2010

First off, the “ShamWow” is not on this list. We are talking about true innovations that make our world a better place to live. Breakthroughs in medicines and technologies that hold great promise in helping to cure disease and provide a better understanding of where we came from and where we might be going as a society. Breakthroughs in physics and quantum mechanics, synthetic biology and RNA, which may enable scientists to reprogram how cells behave to help fight disease are just the tips of the iceberg.…

Business Incubators - Helping to Grow Success

Once you are ready to bring an idea, product or service to market you will also need to decide from where you will run your future worldwide corporation. For some, it may be the kitchen table. However, others are opting for business incubators.

 

There are a wide variety of incubators from which to choose, but one popular choice is to select an incubator that is aligned to your particular kind of work or future product. Entrepreneurs enjoy a synergistic environment when working with fellow like-minded start-ups within an incubator built to grow businesses within a specific industry. Often, these options are affiliated with larger parent companies such as Slingshot Labs in Santa Monica, CA founded by MySpace creators Josh Berman and Colin Digiaro. Others could be run by non-profits or founded with seed money provided municipalities or state initiatives.…

Microchips in Mundane Places

The microchip, once a marvel of modern technology and the fuel for countless previous waves of innovation is more ubiquitous than ever. From football helmets to toilets and shoes to lawnmowers, one is left to ask, “Where won’t we find chips?”

 

Chips accounts for about $300 billion a year in sales with computers and smart phones accounting for about a third of that. Obviously, innovators and entrepreneurs have found countless other uses for the flexible and all-so-relevant microchip. How about a pen with a camera and audio recorder? Or a fishing reel that controls how fast line is withdrawn from its spool?…

Register, Protect & Defend

As an entrepreneur, you may have had a life-long vision about a particular product, procedure or idea. Now that you have amassed the necessary education and insight to help bring your idea to fruition, how do you protect your intellectual property now, and secure the fruits it may deliver for years to come?…

Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs

ESTEEM is a program where students with degrees in science, mathematics, engineering and physics can scratch their entrepreneurial itch through immersion into sound business principles and practices. However, once equipped with the skills needed to succeed, it will be up to the individual what happens next.…

Ten Faces of Innovation

Part of what we do with our students at ESTEEM is to prepare them to successfully manage innovation within an entrepreneurial environment. To do this effectively, it helps to understand how they as leaders and those they will interact with on a daily basis are wired in terms of their individual approaches and working styles.…

University Startups Jumpstart America

American Universities (The University of Notre Dame included) are becoming an integral part of a reviving economic engine fueled by innovation and entrepreneurship and fed by both private public funds...

Entrepreneurship Week

100 countries. 40,000 events. 10 million people.

That’s what Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about, and it’s this week.