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.

Design Entrepreneurship: Viewing the World Differently

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During the summer term, our Entrepreneurship Master’s Students had an opportunity to take a class from Art, Art History, and Design Professor Michael Elwell.  The course was called Design Entrepreneurship and was an accelerated look at a variety of techniques used to communicate design intent.  The six-week intensive course touched upon a broad range of topics including product development, user experience, works and looks-like prototyping, infographics, and design narrative.…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 4

Welcome to "My Week in ESTEEM" where students reflect upon their experience in the program.  This week's blog is brought to us by Mark Roche, a current Naughton fellow, who discusses the more networking opportunities, work on his thesis, a new volunteer opportunity, and two Irish victories!

Industry Sponsored Projects: Somni LLC

Over 50% of our students this year are working on Industry-Sponsored Projects.  This week's project is presented by Timothy Jacque, a recent graduate of Michigan State University. 


My project is working with Somni LLC located in South Bend Indiana. Founded by a Notre Dame graduate, current student and professor, we are developing a digital platform to change sleep behavior for better health, learning, and performance. The platform is based on research done by Dr. Jessica Payne, Notre Dame professor and expert sleep neuroscientist. Using her work Somni is creating lecture based content to be distributed to members of the “Somni Community.” …

ESTEEM Director Tapped to Lead University's Involvement in White House Initiative

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ESTEEM Director David Murphy will lead Notre Dame’s commitment to a partnership between the University and the City of South Bend that is one of more than 20 such collaborations in the national MetroLab Network. Academic and city leaders announced the Network, part of the White House’s Smart Cities Initiative, on Sept. 14 in Washington. The initiative aims to boost cooperation between university researchers and civic officials in multiple cities that will identify common problems, plan projects and seek resources for solutions, and develop shared tools for scaling promising discoveries and deploying best practices.…

My Week in ESTEEM - Week 1

With the end of the fall semester’s syllabus week comes the onset of this semesters workload. Everyone is highly anticipating the year’s first football came against the University of Texas. It will surely be an exciting first game for those that have never experienced football at a university with as hailed of a program as Notre Dame’s.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor 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.…

Notre Dame-SAP Alliance Brings Data Home

Don Ginocchio, a 1981 Notre Dame graduate and employee of SAP, the global enterprise software firm, has worked at Innovation Park for the past year as the University and SAP seek innovative ways to use Big Data analytics. One partnership involves ESTEEM students’ work with Indiana state officials on traffic data that involves 160 million records of incidents across the state.…

Alum Creates Startup with Industry Sponsor

Kevin O’Keeffe, who earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at University College Cork in Ireland and worked in industry for a year before he joined ESTEEM’s Class of 2015, gained a broad business understanding and his dream job from the program. O’Keeffe is engineering lead for Slipstream, a startup company focused on sustainable power generation and storage.…

ESTEEM Alum creates New Venture: DeluxeMaid

Finn Pegler, who graduated from ESTEEM in 2014, recently launched a startup in the South Bend area. Pegler, working remotely in London, opened DeluxeMaid (, a home cleaning service.

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“My thought process behind starting this business was as simple as: 1) Is there a market for the service 2) Can I create a better service than 99% of the providers in that market? and 3) Can I make this service a luxury that people can feel good about by incorporating the triple bottom line feel-good-factor?” he says. “For maid services, creating a better product meant increasing peace of mind and convenience for the consumer.…