Industry Sponsored Projects: Cupprint


This year’s collection of thesis projects has definitely become one of the most diverse in the history of the ESTEEM program. With over half of them being industry sponsored it is easy to see the benefits and opportunities being presented to the class of 2016. Perhaps the most intriguing industry sponsored project this year is the expansion of CupPrint LLC into the United States, headed by current ESTEEM students Todd Hoogland and Paul Mahony.…

Making an Impact through Entrepreneurship


As an undergraduate at Xavier, majoring in environmental science with a minor in business, John Means was looking for a way to combine the two fields. He found it at ESTEEM.

“I wanted to seek out connections between environmental science and business,” Means explains. “They seemed to be two entirely separate things – doing something environmentally positive and generating profits and revenues. Business is what got me interested in ESTEEM. I started checking it out and looking at some of the projects that other students were doing. There was a lot of connection to environmentally-focused projects. They really push you to do something that has a greater social impact. That definitely caught my eye, and I saw there was opportunity there for me.”…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 9


Welcome back to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experiences in our program.  This week's blog is brought to us by Timothy Jacque who talks about catching up and focusing on his career search.

This week in ESTEEM was much different than my years in undergraduate. This week was spent on fall break; something that I previously did not have the opportunity to enjoy.  It was great to be able to travel and recap the previous week’s accomplishments - of finishing my oral exam for my thesis and presenting to the State of Indiana - to my family. Fall break was great because it included the USC versus Notre Dame rivalry football game and it allowed me to continue to search for a job for after graduation in May.…

Two ESTEEM Students Head to Brussels to Speak at 3D Printing Conference

Something that ESTEEM students hear all the time is “get out of the building”. This highlights the entrepreneurial importance of gaining real world experience and validation which cannot be attained within the walls of a classroom. Well, getting out of the building is exactly what Kate Bussey and Evan Doney plan to do with their fall break.

ESTEEM Students to head to Vegas for SAP TechEd

Too often in STEM based academics we must blind ourselves from the real world. We pose rational arguments for allowable ignorance of the many inconveniences of reality. The complexity of the world around us is an ever-present challenge. We make assumptions to validate answers and answers to validate assumptions. Rarely do we manage to see truth through the chaos. However, this was the objective of 39 ESTEEM students these past eight weeks “To see truth through the chaos”.

Industry Sponsored Projects: Oak Financial Software

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Oak Financial Software Co. is a startup located right at home in South Bend, IN.  Started just a few years ago, Oak Financials current focus is on a mobile application called Chapulin. Lead by University of Notre Dame Associate Professor Jesus Izaguirre, a small team of three engineer’s work to grow the international remittance application.

Two Loyal Eagles Become Fighting Irish!

Jack Nee and Jon Freise, both recent graduates of Boston College with degrees in biochemistry, chose the ESTEEM program at Notre Dame because they respect the common mission and humane values of the institutions despite their football rivalry.


“When we chose Boston College, it was the thing of forming the whole person, beyond the academics,” says Nee. “We saw that Notre Dame had a similar mission. It wasn’t just the academics. It’s the spiritual, it’s the social, it’s all of it.”…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 6

Welcome to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experience in the program.  This week's blog is brought to us by Dan Paquin, who graduated from St. Anselm in May 2015. He discusses the start of fall at Notre Dame and his incredible experience working on an industry-sponsored thesis project.

Industry Sponsored Projects: Cocoon Biotech

Over 50% of our students this year are working on Industry-Sponsored Projects.  This week's project is presented by Megan Bryant and Edward Gordon.  Megan is a 2015 graduate of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.  Edward graduated in January 2014 from Miami University of Ohio.  Both were biomedical engineering majors.

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 5

Welcome to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experience in the program.  This week's blog is brought to us by Paul Mahony, a current Naughton fellow, who discusses his amazing thesis experience, hanging out with the CEOs of Aer Lingus and Aviva Stadium, and another Irish victory!

Novartis: International Biotechnology Leadership Camp

The "Biocamp" program is designed to help students understand trends and challenges in the biotechnology and life science sectors, interact with Novartis scientists and executives who lead the company's approach to drug development, as well as gain first-hand experience about starting and running a biotech company.