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Name: Jennifer Valencia

Age: 22

Hometown: Marysville

Major: Computer Engineering

Expected graduation: May 2015

Plans: Graduate school

Jennifer Valencia, Team Venus ’13

Jennifer Valencia, TEam Venus 2013
“I have learned so many new things beyond classroom work. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this awesome team. I cannot wait to compete.” – Jennifer Valencia, Team Venus ’13

In her words:

I am a senior here at the University of Pacific and my major is Computer Engineering. The reason I chose Computer Engineering was because I have always been really interested in computers and how the different components work. Ever since I was a kid it has been my dream to build my own computer.

As I have grown, I have slowly converted that dream into learning how each individual component of a computer functions. I have found technology to be so interesting and I want to be a part of this world. I am also thinking of applying to the graduate program. The reason why I want to go to graduate school is to be the first one in my family to get a master's degree. I would like to set the example for my younger siblings to continue to reach for higher goals.

If I do not go to graduate school, my goal is to work at Hewlett-Packard or Intel. Those two companies are my dream job.

Some of the clubs I am a part of here at Pacific are MESA, SHPE, SWE, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and IEEE. I am an officer for IEEE and Eta Kappa Nu.

Also, I am a competing member on Team Venus. In the supercomputing competition, small teams of students from universities around the globe compete to harness the power of current generation cluster hardware. This year the competition will start Nov. 16 in Denver, Colo. Preparing for this competition has been a great learning process. I have learned parallel computing, a few different science applications, and overall teamwork and leadership. I have learned so many new things beyond classroom work. I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of this awesome team. I cannot wait to compete.

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