Discover how the talented students in the ESTEEM class of 2024 from Ireland are making a substantial impact at the ESTEEM program at the University of Notre Dame. Each student brings a unique perspective to the table, demonstrating the versatility and breadth of the ESTEEM program.
Meet Kevin Brady
Prior Education: University College Dublin, Cell and Molecular Biology
Capstone Project: Vital View Technologies
With a passion for both science and business, Kevin chose to pursue a graduate degree to bridge these two fields. His technical background in cell and molecular biology serves as a solid foundation as he explores the business side of the scientific world.
Meet Ciara Dillon
Prior Education: University College Dublin, Bachelors of Engineering (Mechanical)
Capstone Project: General Genomics Inc.
From her roots in Dublin to the transformative experiences at Notre Dame, discover how the ESTEEM program has provided Ciara and many like her with the tools, knowledge, and support to venture beyond traditional confines, shaping them into problem solvers and industry leaders of tomorrow.
Meet Anne-Marie Freeley
Prior Education: University College Dubin, Masters of Materials Science and Engineering, Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering
Capstone Project: Drone Response
Anne-Marie is a driven individual who found her true calling through the ESTEEM program. Unsure of her career path, she stumbled upon this one-year master's program that encompassed all her desires. With a technical background, she sought to develop her entrepreneurial skills while gaining valuable business knowledge.
Meet Oscar Gleeson
Prior Education: University College Dublin, Pharmacology
Capstone Project: CergenX
Venture with us as we chart Oscar's transformative path, from his foundational years in Dublin to his groundbreaking endeavors at Notre Dame. Learn how the ESTEEM program has equipped Oscar and his peers with the unique fusion of technical acumen and entrepreneurial insight, molding them into the visionary change-makers and innovators of the future.
Meet Seán Lysaght
Prior Education: Trinity College Dublin, Computer Science and Language
Capstone Project: Energy Vault
Seeking to merge his technical expertise with business acumen, Seán made the bold decision to relocate to the United States for graduate school. Notre Dame's ESTEEM program not only catered to his academic aspirations but also promised a rich tapestry of cultural experiences, a confluence of traditions, and a community that resonated with his Irish heritage. Dive into Seán's journey, as he unveils the transformative power of the ESTEEM program and the warmth of finding a 'home away from home'.
Meet Niamh O'Donnell
Prior Education: Dublin City University, Bachelor of Business Studies International and French
Capstone Project: Ascend Learning
Prior to joining Notre Dame, Niamh worked at Enterprise Ireland in San Francisco, leading their enterprise software and digital entertainment portfolios across the West Coast U.S. With her background in business and her passion for entrepreneurship, Niamh was excited to continue her journey at Notre Dame and contribute to the thriving community.
Meet Seán Roche
Prior Education: University College Dublin, Physics
Capstone Project: Lenovo
It was during a summer research program at Notre Dame that Seán was introduced to the previous cohort of ESTEEM students, which completely shifted his perspective on entrepreneurship and business. Initially viewing himself as strictly a STEM person, Seán realized the potential for growth and innovation in the business world and decided to explore this new path through the ESTEEM program.
Meet Dylan Walsh
Prior Education: University College Dublin, Computer & Electronic Engineering
Capstone Project: SpaceX
Dylan is a passionate engineer who discovered his love for entrepreneurship during his undergraduate studies. This led him to the ESTEEM program, where he saw the opportunity to further develop his entrepreneurial abilities. Dylan was particularly drawn to the program after hearing about the strong sense of community at Notre Dame. Knowing he made the right choice, Dylan is now thriving in the program and grateful for the supportive and special Notre Dame community.
Meet Tighernán Shaffrey
Prior Education: Technological University Dublin, Mechanical Engineering
Capstone Project: Drone Response
With a strong interest in both business and technical fields, Tighernán decided to join the ESTEEM program to enhance his business acumen while building upon his mechanical engineering background. Coming from a family business background, Tighernán has always had a commercial interest and saw the ESTEEM program as the perfect opportunity to merge his technical and commercial skills.
Originally published by esteem.nd.edu on November 02, 2023.at