Ivan Martynenko has come a long way in his educational journey, both personally and geographically.

A native of Kazakhstan, Martynenko’s first visit to Valparaiso University was also his first time in the United States.

“I really liked the environment, the atmosphere in Valparaiso, but mostly I liked the people.”

“All my classmates, all my professors, they were who supported me,” Ivan says.

Ivan has dreamed of becoming a professional engineer since he was a young child. As a civil engineering major and a member of the Valpo chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Martynenko is gaining valuable skills that can make his dream a reality.

At Valpo, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, while receiving a top-notch education. Through service organizations like EWB, you’ll learn valuable life lessons that will develop you as a leader and as a person. We have nearly 100 student organizations, and countless ways to get involved.

Whether you’re coming here from halfway around the world, or have lived in Valparaiso your whole life, you’ll find home at Valparaiso University.