On returning to ESPOL, she involved herself in initiatives that allowed her to gain experience in teaching, research, and management. Her commitment to generating knowledge prompted her to lead the research component of non-metallic materials for the VLIR-ESPOL Program - characteristic of the institution in its dedication to research - and to found the Center for Research and Development in Nanotechnology (CIDNA). At the same time, she saw that the all-important interaction between academia, industry and society was unlikely to take root in the country on its own, and that ESPOL should therefore prioritize the creation of strong and lasting ties with other institutions. Consequently, she directed an initiative to provide quality lab testing services, and applied to the productive sector and the Ministry of Industry and Productivity for funds that enabled the Metrological and Materials Testing Laboratory (LEMAT) - founded by her – to develop into a laboratory endowed with high-tech equipment of the sort that cannot be found, in one place and with the necessary qualified workforce, in any other laboratory in the country.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Dra Paredes – then the only woman active in ESPOL holding a degree of Mechanical Engineering - was elected as Vice Dean of the College of Mechanical Engineering and Production Sciences (FIMCP). During the three years of this administration, she strengthened her resolve not to be a conventional teacher: her role was not merely to pass on information, but to train professionals capable of performing a service to society. This vision has profoundly influenced her work in her current post of Academic Vice Rector, where she has led an integral curricular reform intended to bring ESPOL closer to the stated goal. In her view, ESPOL should not only train professionals with the technical knowhow that has always characterized the institution, but should also contextualize that knowledge, creating responsible citizens able to contribute to the social improvement of the country. The thought is father to the deed, and that is why she chose not to limit herself to teaching in the area of materials, but to become involved in the entrepreneurial initiatives of the institution. As a teacher, she has unfailingly sought to motivate her students, showing them the importance of a thorough education, and providing them with a living example of how dedication and perseverance can be richly rewarded.
Her commitment to service led to her being chosen as Academic Member of the National Higher Education Council (CES), serving as President of the First Interim Council. She is currently President of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions (LACCEI), a position that arose from her interest in promoting educational excellence beyond the borders of Ecuador. This achievement, together with her hard work in ESPOL, was recognized in the form of an award for Distinguished Alumni from Rutgers. But while such distinctions are important, her strength and determination spring not from these but from her concern for others. This is what inspires her to work tirelessly with her husband, day by day, to provide her children with a family life that will inspire them to grow up with sound ethical values.