Leanne Tang

Class of 2019-2020

John Carroll University, 2019

Why I chose ESTEEM:

I chose ESTEEM after a professor from my undergraduate institution insisted I go on a visitation to the program. I knew the moment I walked into Innovation Park and felt the enthusiasm, passion, and drive for human centered innovation that this is where I needed to be.

It was not until I found ESTEEM and what it could do for me that I realized all my passions could merge into one. I knew I would be given the skills to create and innovate for the betterment of society and make real change by fixing things that matter.

My capstone project and why I am excited about it:

I am excited to work with Enlighten Mobility, a company founded by a 2018 ESTEEM graduate, looking into the viability of integrating neuromodulation into their novel gait training technology for individuals with neurodeficits, specifically stroke patients. Enlighten Mobility's mission to combine research and innovation to design specialized rehabilitation technology for individuals who typically fall through the cracks of our medical system hit very close to home for me. This was something I knew all too well with multiple broken bones due to a condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta and the use of multiple mobility devices that never worked to properly assist me in my healing and rehabilitation. I am excited to learn and grow with this amazing team in creating a solution for those that need it most.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

I hope to use the experiences and skills gained in ESTEEM to solve problems and create value in a way that balances both STEM and my personal mission to transform my vision for good into reality. I am open-minded in my path to achieve that goal, and I know ESTEEM will open many avenues that I'm excited to explore this year.

What I like to do when I’m not working:

When I am not at Innovation Park, you can often catch me taking a run around the lakes on campus, having a game night with fellow ESTEEMers, or following all things Cleveland!

And, finally:

ESTEEM is truly a program like no other, do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!