ESTEEM Brochure - Engineering Entrepreneurship Masters Program by yurtgc548


									   The academy and industry agree: America needs innovators,
   entrepreneurs who command technology and business practices.
   One of the key challenges, however, to improving our country’s
   technological preeminence is that most science, engineering, and
   mathematics students are not exposed to the innovation process
                                                                          Gregory Crawford
   or to the utilization of intellectual property for the creation of     William K. Warren
   vibrant new companies and enterprises. There is little opportunity     Foundation Dean
   for them to explore the fundamentals of business.                      of Science

   In order to address this challenge, the College of Science,
   College of Engineering, and the Mendoza College of Business,
   are pleased to introduce the ESTEEM (Engineering, Science,
   and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s) degree
   program. ESTEEM is the first interdisciplinary, inter-college gradu-
                                      ate degree program in the history
Letter from                           of the University of Notre Dame.
                                      Its primary goal is to prepare
    the DEANS                         students for lifelong engagement
                                      with innovation that is wholly
                                      congruent with Notre Dame’s         Peter Kilpatrick
   distinctive Catholic character and fosters a culture of excellence,    Matthew H. McCloskey
   inclusion, collaboration, and respect for diverse ideas and care for   Dean of Engineering
   the common good.

   We are excited to report that 29 students are currently enrolled
   in the ESTEEM program. They are pursuing a wide range of
   projects in a variety of fields, from energy to transportation and
   environmental studies to cancer research. Over the course of
   the next 12 months, they will learn technology entrepreneurship
   and professional practices so that when they graduate they will
   be fully capable of starting their own small companies or creat-
   ing new opportunities in corporations like yours. We invite you to
   learn more about the program by reviewing this brochure or visit-
   ing the Web site at
                                                                          Carolyn Woo
                                                                          Martin J. Gillen Dean
                                                                          of the Mendoza
                                                                          College of Business
                                                                                                                                                               A key characteristic sought by many of today’s employ-
                                                                                                                                                               ers is the ability of the engineers and scientists they hire
                                                                                                                                                               to take innovative ideas from concept to product to
         Vaccines for polio, measles, and seasonal                                                                                                             market. And, it’s not an easy task. Each step requires
      flu strains are commonplace. People under-                                                                                                               great intellectual capacity, not only to lead the techno-
      stand that they prevent serious diseases. In                                                                                                             logical aspects of the process but also to successfully
   recent years, vaccines for meningitis, hepati-                                                                                                              integrate marketing and management skills as a product
    tis A, and cervical cancer have been added                                                                                                                 or process is rolled out to end-users.
     to the recommended childhood immuniza-
 tion schedule. Treating or preventing cancer                                                                                                                    Because it
 by vaccine, a goal University of Notre Dame                                                                                      is an interdisciplinary program, ESTEEM
          researchers and others are targeting,                                                                                   prepares students who have a technological
    may well develop into one of the biggest
   breakthroughs since the discovery of the                                                                                       background to anticipate emerging opportuni-
    double helix by Watson and Crick – not                                                                                        ties, exploit value from fundamental research
   only because of the potential to reduce                                                                                        or seed ideas, and assume leadership roles in
    the use of chemotherapy, surgery, and                                                                                         businesses … from small start-up companies
     radiation as treatments but also in the                                                                                      to Fortune 500 corporations.
           systematic prevention of cancer.

          Because each cancer develops                   Created for undergraduates in engineering, mathematics, and sci-
        differently, faculty and students in            ence, ESTEEM integrates learning and creativity, the extension of
  the ESTEEM program have focused                       knowledge to enable solutions, the expression of personal values,
      their immediate research in select               talents, and a commitment to the common good. Through a series
areas. For example, they are working                   of carefully crafted courses, in-depth research, and rigorous project
    to create tissue vaccines that can                requirements, innovation and teamwork are stressed, as is business
   prevent prostate cancer and have                  development.
already shown a 90 percent reduc-                                                                                                                              Inexpensive energy fuels the quality of life ... for individuals
tion in the incidence of the disease                                                                                                                           and for nations. As traditional nonrenewable sources become
                                                    ESTEEM students engage in graduate-level science and engineering
     in animal models. They are also                                                                                                                           scarce, it is imperative to develop new energy resources.
                                                    courses, further refining their technical skills. They also take courses in                                ESTEEM students have a wide range of opportunities through
working to reduce the metastasis
   of prostate cancer to the lungs,                technology business fundamentals, (including finance, technical market-                                     which to pursue next-generation energy technologies.
     diminish regrowth of prostate                ing, strategy, and ethics) and technology and operations management
          tumors following surgery,              (including statistical methods, financial mathematics, operations research,                                   One of the projects in which students will be paired with a
    and enhance the therapeutic                 and R & D management).                                                                                         faculty mentor investigates the use of semiconductor quantum
     efficacy of radiation therapy                                                                                                                             dots and carbon nanotubes in a solar cell array. Researchers
   for prostate cancer patients.               The capstone thesis project develops a high-tech innovation from the                                            at Notre Dame have already shown that by using the size-de-
        Moreover, because they                 embryonic seed concept through commercialization. For the project, each                                         pendent property of quantum dots, they can tune a solar cell’s
    are using tissue harvested                                                                                                                                 ability to more efficiently use the sun’s wavelengths. Called a
                                              student works directly with a faculty mentor to develop a comprehensive                                          “rainbow solar cell,” ongoing work in this innovative technol-
directly from the tumors, they                understanding of the science and/or engineering involved, its application
    anticipate more personal-                                                                                                                                  ogy is laying the foundation for a more efficient solar cell, one
                                             potential, alternative solutions, and a business plan for a high-tech start-up                                    that collects and converts (to electricity) far more of the solar
   ized and effective results.               company.                                                                                                          spectrum than previously thought possible.
                                                                                                               On track for completion in fall        ventures), and virtual clients, who   sidered for Innovation Park include
                                                                                                               2009, Innovation Park at Notre         span the other categories.            — EmNet, a company that provides
                                                                                                               Dame is a business incubator                                                 wireless solutions for distributed
                                                                                                               designed to facilitate the migra-      Innovation Park will be the home      control and sensing; MedXCycle,
                                                                                                               tion of research and new venture       for the ESTEEM students. This         a medical supply company; and
                                                                                                               ideas into the marketplace. The        collaborative, interactive facility   RFWare, a student-faculty project
                                                                                                               12-acre park will feature up to five   provides a superb environment for     resulting in software for first re-
                                                                                                               buildings and service four types       the combined science, engineer-       sponders in emergency situations.
                                                                                                               of clients — greenhouse (early-        ing, and innovation implementation
                                                                                                               stage), emerging businesses            that is the core of the ESTEEM        In addition to the economic
                                                                                                               (growth-stage), intrapreneurial        Program. Typical young Notre          opportunities these businesses
                                                                                                               ventures (skunk works and joint        Dame-based ventures being con-        will provide, they offer ESTEEM
                                                                                                                                                                                                            students the oppor-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tunity for interac-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            tion and learning.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ESTEEM students
                                                                                                                                                                                                            will interact with
                                                                                                                                                                                                            company executives
ESTEEM participants are able to pursue many project                        CHEMICALS AND                                                                                                                    as they observe,
options in a variety of fields, including but not limited to:              PHARMACEUTICALS                                                                                                                  and even participate
                                                                           	 •	 Nanotechnology-based		                                                                                                      in, the process of
HEALTH                                   ENERGY                                 active sunscreen                                                                                                            technology transfer
                                                                                                                                                                                                            from concept to
	 •	 TIissue	vaccines                    	 •	 Harnessing	wasted	energy	                                                                                                                                     end-user — includ-
	 •	 The	role	of	lipids	in	              	 •	 Nanotechnology-based	        MANUFACTURING
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ing technology
     biological membranes                     solar cells                  	 •	 Passive	smart	windows                                                                                                       development and
	 •			Water-soluble	cytotoxic		                                                                                                                                                                             validation, business
      cancer treatment                   ENVIRONMENT                       NATIONAL SECURITY                                                                                                                plan fundamentals,
                                         	 •	 Portable	diagnostics	for	    	 •	 Nuclear	detection	and		                                                                                                     financial processes,
SOCIAL PROGRAMS                               invasive species detection        forensics                                                                                                   manufacturing, and marketing.
	 •	 Genetics	and	genomics	              	 •	 Remote	sensor	for	water		
                                                                           GENERAL TECHNOLOGIES                                                                                             For more information about
     to fight dengue fever                    pollutants
                                                                                                                                                                                            Innovation Park, visit
                                                                           	 •	 Adjustable	acoustics
                                                                           	 •	 Optimum	design	of	structures
                                                                                for crashworthiness
Robert L. Alworth
ESTEEM Program
University of Notre Dame
224 Cushing Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5637
Phone: (574) 631-1364
Fax: (574) 631-8007


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