Marissa Koscielski

Class of 2017-2018

University of Notre Dame, 2017

Why I chose ESTEEM: As I progressed in my education, I wrestled with interdisciplinary complexities yet I lacked the acumen to implement sustainable solutions. I was immediately drawn to ESTEEM since it provides the toolbox to satiate this need through entrepreneurship while advancing my technical background. Additionally, ESTEEM nourishes a particular confidence that I would like to integrate in my career as an entrepreneur and scientist.

My capstone thesis project and why I’m excited about it: Throughout the next 11 months, I will be designing a walker for the acute rehabilitation of amputations as my Founder’s Idea capstone thesis. I am excited to challenge the status quo around rehabilitation by implementing the use of this device immediately after surgery.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM: At the moment, I am fully dedicated to investigating the viability of my capstone thesis in the present market and explore opportunities as an entrepreneur. In a few years, I hope to expand innovation into the clinical visit as a physician.

What I like to do when I’m not working in Innovation Park: I love to study and read at local coffee shops in South Bend. Outside of academics, I enjoy sharing time with my family and friends, especially outdoors. You can often times find me doing yoga, rock climbing, climbing trees, and hiking.