Isabella Martinez

Class of 2017-2018

Brown University, 2017
Biomedical Engineering

Why I chose ESTEEM: I decided to be an engineer when I was five and realized that engineers "got to make all the cool stuff." This didn't change as I entered college. Also, I knew pretty early on in my undergraduate career that I didn't want to work inside of a lab; at least, not all the time. The thing that excites me about engineering is how it can be used to better the lives of everyone around us - and that requires "getting outside of the building" and talking to people about what they actually need. Therefore, I decided to supplement my Biomedical Engineering degree with some sort of "science management" or "technology entrepreneurship" degree. Lucky for me, I found the Master's of my dreams in ESTEEM, where the entire point is to get out there and discover how to make things that matter.

My capstone thesis project and why I’m excited about it: I will be working with Booz Allen Hamilton to (1) identify the threats and opportunities that automation and advanced artificial intelligence pose to the defense industry and (2) to create the start of a plan to transition their business model and client solutions to ones that seamlessly integrate this technology without displacing current personnel. In other words (1) I get to read a lot of amazing literature about how robotics has been advancing in the last ten years and where it is going to be in the next five and (2) I get to imagine how our entire economy is going to change and how we might adapt in order to meet this change. It's pretty amazing to be working on things right out of my science fiction books - except now it's our reality!

What I hope to do after ESTEEM: At the time that I am writing this, I have two options that I am looking at for the future. The first is to get a job as a designer and customer validation expert with a biotechnology firm (hopefully in Boston!). The second option is to get a job as an engineering and technology consultant with, once again, an emphasis on customer validation and customer experience.

What I like to do when I’m not working in Innovation Park: I love going on long runs or bike rides around the lakes at ND! And if I'm trying to unwind on a weekend, you may catch me watching episodes of Star Trek.

Adds Isabella: "My "go to" study playlist is the album "Brave Enough" by Lindsey Stirling!"