Dr. Luis Estévez

Episode 39: College? If at First you don’t Succeed, Try Again!

Meet Dr. Luis Estévez, an entrepreneur who has taken advantage of the opportunities presented to him with the same drive characteristic of people who come to this country in search of a better future.

Dr. Estévez grew up in Queens, NY and was born into a blue-collar family to parents from Spain and Chile, and grew up working in the restaurant business from age 8. He got into college at age 18 and after a couple of years, he decided to go back to NY and work at his parents’ restaurant. It wasn’t until almost 10 years later, that he decided to go back to college, and this time he was all in!

Dr. Estévez has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University, he now owns his business called Advanced and Innovative Multifunctional Materials (AIMM), and likes to say that he won the “genetic lottery”, but we know he has worked hard to take advantage of every opportunity presented to him. 

He is also a podcaster and has created a space called What’s the PhDeal, to help demystify the PhD degree, and to help new PhD students navigate the process and have a better chance of succeeding. 

Check out What’s the PhDeal here: 


Also, check out the amazing work AIMM is doing here: