Olivia Houston

Class of 2018-2019

McGill University, 2018
Mechanical Engineering

Why I chose ESTEEM:

I chose ESTEEM because I was looking for a master’s program that would build upon my technical undergraduate degree and challenge me to develop critical entrepreneurial business skills. When I stumbled upon the ESTEEM program I knew it would be the perfect fit. The hands-on attitude, capstone thesis, and awesome course selection makes this program a non-stop learning experience, and I am excited to hone these skills throughout the rest of my professional career.

My capstone thesis project and why I'm excited about it:

For my thesis I will be working with NeoPhotonics, a cutting edge optoelectronics company based in Silicon Valley. I will be investigating the application of short-range 3D sensor technology in the healthcare industry to create detailed 3D medical images. I was attracted to this project for two key reasons: First, my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering made me super excited about the sensor technology; and second, I was drawn to the challenge of investigating a market I was unfamiliar with. Over the course of the year I hope to learn a great deal about integrating market research and customer validation to identify key market opportunities, and how to translate these opportunities into a viable launch strategy. I look forward to collaborating with my sponsor team, and seeing the project grow throughout the year.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

After ESTEEM I hope to continue honing and developing my entrepreneurial skill set. I hope to pursue a career in management consulting or in a technical engineering firm, where I have the opportunity to become an innovator within a major company. Over the course of my professional career I hope to inspire young female generations, be a role model to my colleagues, and hopefully one day have the opportunity to lead my own company.

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

When I’m not working I like to explore the town of South Bend, especially the restaurants and bars downtown. I also love going for runs, and it’s fantastic being on campus that has two beautiful lakes you can run around!