Paul Bickel

Class of 2018-2019

Gonzaga University, 2018
Mechanical Engineering

Why I chose ESTEEM:

I chose ESTEEM because I want to have my own business focused in the recreational gear market. The ability to work on a founder's idea at Notre Dame was most attractive to me. Also the staff is wonderful and very supportive during the application process.

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

My thesis project is to develop a new type of rock climbing protection device that protects wide, flaring cracks.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

I hope to license my founder's project with a larger climbing company and go to work for a recreational company's innovation division. Or I'd like to work for an idea company much like IDEO or Synapse.

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

Outside of Innovation Park, catch me at the climbing wall, the music building, playing sports, or between two trees in my hammock.