Affiliation: 2nd year of a combined major in physics and computer science at the University of British Columbia
Facebook: Valentina Mazzotti
My name is Valentina Mazzotti and I am a second-year student pursuing a combined major in physics and computer science student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. I was born and raised in Milan by a German mum and an Italian dad, so I have both citizenships, which is pretty cool!
After my first year at UBC, I had the opportunity to work as a researcher and software programmer in the ARPES group of the Quantum Matter Institute of UBC. My passion for solid state and quantum physics motivated me to join the Quantum Pathways Program at UBC, which will give me the opportunity in my four years as physics undergraduate student to do research in the field of superconductors and innovative quantum materials. During my high school years, I had a lot of opportunities to work also in other fields of physics, for example at Italy’s National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) and the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg.
My interest in quantum materials goes hand in hand with my passion for sustainability and alternate energy solutions, so I would like to focus in the future on the development of quantum technologies to solve problems in climate science. Besides physics, I’m passionate about anything outdoors, especially running, skiing and hiking. But you will also find me playing the piano and reading novels and books whenever I have the time to do so.
As a member of the SAC and an international student studying at UBC, my goal is to increase the connection among physics students around Canada and plan exciting projects for STEM students. I’m always available and can be reached per email at firstname.lastname@example.org, in case you have any questions or would like to contact me for any project or idea!
Fun fact: I arrived in Canada in January 2021 and haven’t tried poutine yet. Can I even say I have been living in Canada this whole time?
Favorite Quote: “I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” ― Richard Feynman