Will Gillach

Class of 2019-2020

Saint John's University , 2019

Why I chose ESTEEM:

ESTEEM’s action-oriented approach to teaching entrepreneurship is unparalleled throughout academia, making it the optimal opportunity to learn the essentials of starting impactful entrepreneurial ventures.

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

I am working on Avanade’s Scaling Artificial Intelligence/Data Science capstone project. Globally, enterprises increasingly seek to leverage AI and Data Science to enhance their business, yet translating such concepts into at scale implementations often proves challenging. Through this project I aim to provide strategic recommendation as to how Avanade can best-position itself as the go to partner for companies scaling data science and AI today. Working alongside Avanade I am thrilled to develop a more technical problem-solving acumen, while offering impactful insight that positively fosters Avanade’s efforts to deliver innovative solutions and services to enterprises worldwide.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

Immediately following ESTEEM, I hope to further pursue opportunities that create impact at the forefront of technology innovation. I do not yet know exactly how this will manifest, but I know the skills and experiences provided through ESTEEM will enable me to apply technology to world class problems.

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

Outside of work I greatly enjoy whooping up on Anshul, Rian, Young Chuck, and Risa in the IDEA Center’s “Ping-Pong Emporium”. I also greatly enjoy trying to keep up with our very-skilled ESTEEM cohort on the soccer field. Last but certainly not least, I love listening to Doctor Chuck tell his endless amount of crazy life stories.

And, finally:

I truly believe the ESTEEM Program is a pioneer in education. Through their emphasis on combining interdisciplinary fields of study with experiential education, ESTEEM truly empowers people to fix things that matter.