Class of 2020-2021
Xavier University, 2020
Why I chose ESTEEM:
What drew me to ESTEEM was a combination of the capstone projects, the strong professional support system that Notre Dame offers, and the diverse backgrounds of students in the program. ESTEEM stands out due to the combination of business with STEM, something not many other programs offer. It's exciting to be part of a program that sits at the intersection of so many different disciplines in STEM bringing them together into one cohort. I'm looking forward to working with my classmates on various projects throughout the year and combining our backgrounds to creatively work toward solutions.
My capstone project and why I'm excited about it:
My project is with Amicus Therapeutics, a company that creates drugs and therapies for rare and orphan diseases. My role with the company is to help develop a commercialization plan for a new drug product, which is currently in a Phase III Clinical Trial. This drug will treat a rare recessive autosomal disorder called Pompe Disease. I will be conducting technology and market research as well as working with key stakeholders to ensure this drug is successfully released to market. I hope to learn the processes of market planning and research involved in the pharmaceutical industry building on my background of Biology.
What I hope to do after ESTEEM:
I am keeping my options open for what I will pursue as a career after ESTEEM. I am interested in the consulting industry, specifically healthcare consulting, as well as careers in the pharmaceutical/medical device industries. The wide variety of exit opportunities this program offers makes it hard to choose from, but no matter what I end up doing I hope to work on projects that improve the lives of others, utilizing either my background in science or the problem solving skills I will hone while at ESTEEM.
What I like to do when I'm not working:
When I'm not working I enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, watching the MLB, NHL, and College Basketball (go Cardinals, Blues, and X!), traveling to new places and exploring new cities and countries (in a pre-COVID world), and enjoying the outdoors through hiking, biking, and swimming.