Lan Khanh, a final-year student at Fulbright University Vietnam, is pursuing a degree in Human-centered Engineering. Prior to this, she explored various fields in accordance with the liberal arts spirit at Fulbright. Most recently, she and her team won second place in a Hackathon organized by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) at Fulbright in collaboration with the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). With their innovative and exciting idea of a “Dishwashing Detergent Delivery Service”, Lan Khanh earned the opportunity to participate in an exchange program in Singapore in the following semester.
Today, let’s listen to Lan Khanh as she shares her journey towards Human-centered Engineering and her thrilling Hackathon experience!
I’m passionate about Human-centered Engineering
Before officially selecting my major at Fulbright, I had the opportunity to explore many different fields. I dabbled in Computer Science, focusing on UX-UI Design courses. However, it was Human-centered Engineering that truly captivated my heart.
This major embodies all my aspirations. There’s always something new to discover, allowing me to work and learn daily without monotony. I have the freedom to create and modify the products I love. Most importantly, there’s a close-knit community for mutual support and growth.
Our lecturers continuously seek opportunities for us, such as the SUTD Hackathon and international exchange programs. They are always eager to assist students. There were nights when we worked on projects until the security guards ‘encouraged’ us to go home. We often jest, “Makerspace was more of our home than our actual places!” At Fulbright, Makerspace is a student’s crafting area where we can bring our creative ideas to life.
The memories, experiences, and the people I’ve met here have nurtured my growing love for Human-centered Engineering.
An Engaging International Hackathon Experience
The SUTD Hackathon is a valued experience during my academic journey at Fulbright. In this five-day event, each team needs to find a sustainable solution for One4One and Datfood. These brands help farmers increase their income while providing environmentally friendly products like sesame oil, essential oils, and health care items.
Our team, comprising two Fulbright and four SUTD students, was tasked with finding a solution for a dishwashing liquid product line. We brainstormed intensively, from setting up a website and drafting plans to simulating the product.
We eventually proposed a “Dishwashing Detergent Delivery Service”. Our goal was to simplify the consumer experience, promote an eco-friendly lifestyle, and encourage the reuse of bottles and jars.
To me, the competition wasn’t just about winning prizes. It was also an opportunity for cultural exchange, sharing, and mutual learning. I contributed my insights as a Vietnamese consumer to help my team understand the domestic market better. Additionally, I had the pleasure of introducing SUTD students to Saigon’s street food and local activities.
I aim to explore the “big sea” to find where I fit in
Next semester, I have been offered the chance to join an exchange program at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. This is an opportunity for me to dive into the “big sea” and discover how engineering students study in other countries.
Upon my return from the exchange program, I’m excited to share my learnings with other young individuals who have the same passion. Stay tuned!