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Ricardo Ramon Rangel Gonzalez

Ricardo Ramon Gonzalez
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Ricardo Ramón Rangel González is from Caracas, Venezuela and recently graduated with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering with a GPA of 3.71. He says the best thing about being a Virginia Tech engineer is that he has the opportunity to try challenging tasks that help in achieving a more broad development of required skills for success in the engineering world. Now that he has graduated from Virginia Tech, he dreams of helping his country, Venezuela, to achieve a better future for everyone. Ricardo says that if he could change one thing he wouldn’t because he thinks everything we have done defines who we are and even mistakes are past opportunities for learning that work later in life.

When Ricardo was in middle school, he dreamed of being a soccer player, but has since changed his career path to engineering. During college, he was a part of the Latino Association of Student Organizations (LASO), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). He also liked being an active part of the Catholic Campus Ministry and their initiatives. In his free time he enjoys watching and practicing all sorts of sports and traveling to new places.

Ricardo says that his role models are his parents because of the values they raised him with. He also mentioned that he has one sister and a puggle back in Venezuela called Doggy. Ricardo says that his favorite cartoon character is Mickey Mouse because of all his memories from visiting Disney World. In addition, his favorite genre of music is Reggaeton/Pop in Spanish because it is fun for many situations, and his favorite film is Invictus because it is inspirational.