Neil Kane

Director, ESTEEM Curriculum and Capstone Advising; Assistant Teaching Professor


Neil Kane is the Director of Curriculum and Capstone Advising in the ESTEEM Program at the University of Notre Dame. He is the former co-Executive Director of the Illinois Technology Enterprise Center at Argonne National Laboratory and recently was Innovation Executive in Residence at the Research Park at the University of Illinois. He was the founding CEO of several startup companies based on university research in areas such as nanotechnology and advanced materials. He was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at both the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University. Earlier he held engineering, sales and business development positions at IBM and Microsoft. His other startups include a toy company and a barbecue sauce company.

He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from The University of Chicago