James Lutaaya

Class of 2021-2022

International Health Sciences University, 2015
Medical Laboratory Medicine

Why I chose ESTEEM?

I desired to integrate my academic and technical skills with entrepreneurship. That's when I learned about ESTEEM Program and how it helps STEM-focused leaders focus on all the above, making them impactful and marketable in building market-ready products and services.

My capstone project and why I'm excited about it?

My Capstone project is a novel technology used in DNA/RNA protein purification, emerging from research at the University of Notre Dame. My role is to find a product-market fit, execute a thorough competitive landscape, identify strategic partners, and develop a roadmap for commercialization. Working on this project as a consultant allows me to apply my academic and professional experience and exceptional mentorship to bring emerging technologies to the market.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM?

I hope to take on a leadership position, leveraging my technical skills and diverse experiences to impact change at the intersection of business, innovation, and entrepreneurship in a rapidly changing economy.

What I like to do when I'm not working?

I travel for new experiences, connect with people, and volunteer in community initiatives.