Fellow:Valeria Aguayo

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Valeria Aguayo Alfaro
School (Cohort)
Universidad de Ingenieria & Tecnologia (2020 cohort)
Majoring in
Industrial Engineering


Valeria is an Industrial Engineering sophomore at UTEC Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología. Since she started college she was very interested in participating in projects focused on social impact.

Valeria is part of UTEC Puppy Lab, a student organization. Their mission is to improve mental health and wellness through canine interaction. Her role is to plan events and be in charge of marketing campaigns.

Her goal in life is to improve K12 education in Peru. Therefore, she is working on an educational project focused on empowering children to believe in themselves through creative workshops about science and design.

During my training in the UIF program I learned to prototype an idea, receive feedback and iterate.


  • Finalist of the Hult Prize at UTEC contest with the Fungi project to create biomaterials using plant residues.
  • Finalist for IncUva (UTEC Ventures Business Incubator) with the Fungi project to create biomaterials using plant residues.
  • Finalist of the UTEC Interdisciplinary Projects fair: Publibus: educate yourself while you transport yourself. A free medium was created that allows the user of the means of transport to access Wi-Fi without using a data plan.

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