Valentina Paz-Soldan Viscarra image


Class of 2026

Valentina has lived in three distinct countries and exposed to diverse cultures and perspectives. She chose Engineering because of its comprehensive curriculum. "The breadth of the program ensures that students are not confined to a narrow field but instead equipped with a holistic understanding of engineering," she says. "This approach resonated with me, as I believe the best solutions often come from interdisciplinary knowledge and the inclusion of diverse thought."

"My journey to the United States in January 2020, right on the cusp of the COVID-19 pandemic, was challenging. Yet, amidst uncertainties, I found happiness in helping others. This passion for service, especially towards high school students aspiring for STEM careers, made the decision to become an EA natural. I see it as an opportunity to guide, inspire, and share my experiences with the next generation of engineers, ensuring they have the support they need to navigate their academic and career paths."

Valentina is involved in Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPEP, Madison Aerospace Club, and is a CISE mentor. In her free time, she enjoys working out, playing tennis, going out with my friends, and meeting new people.

How is JMU Engineering preparing you for your future?

"JMU Engineering is a hub of opportunities. The program has provided invaluable networking opportunities, connecting me with professionals and peers who share my passion and ambition. From hands-on projects to working in teams, I feel I am being molded into a well-rounded engineer."

Advice for prospective students:

"I would recommend all aspiring engineers engage beyond the classroom. Whether it's becoming an EA, joining a club, or participating in research, these experiences will enrich your academic journey, provide real-world experience, and open doors to opportunities you might never have imagined."

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