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LEAF 2018 SPEAKER IN FOCUS: Dr. Thanh My Nguyen

More than two decades living in Canada and USA, Dr. Thanh My Nguyen returned to TraVinh Province in 2004 as a successful businessman and scientist to establish its first high technology company. Dr. Nguyen aspired to use entrepreneurship and technology to jumpstart TraVinh’s industry and economy and improve the local standard of living by providing quality employment, education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

Entrepreneurship, Employment, Philanthropy and Awards
As of 2018, Dr. Nguyen has founded and co-founded a total of eight innovative companies, six of which are located in TraVinh Province. Prior to his business ventures, Dr. Nguyen was Technical Manager at Kodak Polychrome Graphics in Carlstad, New Jersey, Research Scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, and Research Associate at INRS-Energy and Materials, Varennes, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. My T. Nguyen obtained a Ph.D. with specialization in Energy and Materials from INRS – Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications in Varennes, Quebec in 1990. He obtained a M.Sc. in Heterogeneous Catalysis in 1988 and a B.Sc. in Analytical Chemistry in 1986 from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Nguyen recieved the NSERC and the FCAR Scholarships.

Dr. Thanh My Nguyen is committed to aiding local communities, as well as nurturing the growth and development of Vietnam’s youth. Personally and through his companies, he has awarded scholarships and provided access to education for children and young adults of all ages, financed housing construction for impoverished families, built bridges in rural villages, donated computers to elementary schools, and provided secure employment for hundreds of people.

As founder and Vice President of the Canada-Vietnam Education Network, founder and Dean of the Applied Chemistry Department of TraVinh University, and founder of the Cooperative Education Program with TraVinh University, Dr. Nguyen has played a pivotal role in the advancement of higher education in Vietnam.

Currently, he is giving lectures on startup and entrepreneurship. There are no chairs in his classrooms and students must stand up to attend his courses.

A passionate scientist, inventor and innovator, Dr. Nguyen is a named inventor and co-inventor of over 200 patents granted in the United States, Canada, and dozens of countries worldwide, including those relating to conducting polymers, printing, anti-counterfeiting, dry adhesive technologies, smart fertilizers and IOT Devices. He has also co-authored over 59 publications on materials chemistry for peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Dr. Nguyen received numerous technical awards from IBM, Sun Chemical and Dianippon Ink & Chemicals as well as several certificate of Merits from the government of Vietnam. He was also the reciepient of the Influential Business Person of the Year Award, which was presented by President Nguyen Minh Triet in 2008.

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