When we talk about #OrgulloUPV, we talk about people like Sergio Eguidazu, a UPV Civil Engineering graduate and a Master's student in Civil Engineering. He could be just one more amongst the brilliant UPV students, except that he has also made it onto the prestigious Nova Talent list, which recognises the talent of 10 young people in 11 different areas: in total, 111 brilliant young people from all over the country.
Sergio is one of the ten people selected for Civil Engineering and Mobility. Born in Alicante in 2016, he took part in UPV's Open Days and chose the School of Civil Engineering (ETSICCP). He explains, "I was already enthusiastic about the prestige and the good comments about the university, but the visit to the campus and the facilities convinced me".
During his studies, Sergio combined his studies with participation in the Design Factory project in the MOU-T group, a group of students from the School of Civil Engineering who shared concerns about sustainable urban mobility and carried out outreach activities. He was also very active in the school's student delegation. He took advantage of the mobility opportunities and spent his final year at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). Sergio explains, "I discovered the school's exchange opportunities as a student, and it is undoubtedly what has most enriched my professional and personal career".
Once he finished his degree, he continued at the UPV studying a Master in Civil Engineering, combining his studies with work: he was a scholarship holder at the Conselleria de Política Territorial i Obres Públiques. Also, he participated as a researcher in the Department of Transport Engineering and Infrastructure in the TRAVELWELL project on mobility and welfare, led by Professor Tomás Ruiz and Senior Lecturer Rosa Arroyo.
Currently, Sergio is continuing his master's studies at the Technical University of Zurich (ETH), where he will complete his studies this semester. Since September, he has worked part-time in the mobility and urban spatial planning department of a Swiss engineering office, Basler & Hofmann. "Working during my Master's studies was important for preparing my CV for working life. It is helping me to complement what I learned at university with a knowledge of the working environment and analysis, modelling, and simulation software," explains Sergio.
After his experience at other universities, Sergio recognises that "after getting to know other universities, I am even more aware of how lucky I am to study at the UPV. The experience at this university goes far beyond attending classes. I'm left with my time on campus: studying, socialising, playing sports... Your friends and experiences at university are hard to repeat, so I'm happy to have experienced them so intensely. I am also especially grateful to the ETSICCP, the School of Civil Engineering, for the closeness and willingness at all times of the teaching staff and management".
Sergio Eguidazu, one of the most brilliant students in our country, is quite firm: "When I decided to study at the UPV seven years ago, I was excited, and soon I was convinced that I would not regret it. Looking back, it is undoubtedly one of the best decisions I could have made".
From 2021, the Nova Talent Awards will recognise the country's brightest students: young people aged 18 to 25 with outstanding professional careers who have achieved relevant accomplishments, international experience, and a vocation for leadership.
5 out of 111 Spanish students selected by Nova Talent have studied at UPV. The Nova platform seeks to connect the best young talent to develop and enhance their professional careers.