Mikaela Saugstad

Class of 2017-2018

Xavier University, 2017

Why I chose ESTEEM: I chose ESTEEM because I was passionate about science, but also about being able to make a social impact. I knew this program would give me the entrepreneurial skill set I needed to implement my technical knowledge to create change for the greater good.

My capstone thesis project and why I’m excited about it: I am really excited about working on electricity generation from low grade waste heat with Dr. Tengfei Luo. This project allows me to pursue my interests in sustainability and renewable energy.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM: After ESTEEM, I would love to continue doing work with sustainability and renewable energy. I am also very interested in social impact consulting, as I hope to help implement positive change for the future.

What I like to do when I’m not working in Innovation Park: I love being outdoors. Running, hiking, and swimming are my favorite activities. I am a pizza enthusiast. Around campus, I try to surround myself with as many dogs and puppies as possible.