Dr. Hung Phan and Sebastian Dziallas Join Fulbright Founding Faculty


Dr. Hung Phan and Sebastian Dziallas will join Fulbright University Vietnam’s Founding Faculty.

Hung has conducted scientific research since 2005 in a variety of topics ranging from analytical chemistry to environmental engineering and materials science. His most current research, during his PhD (2011-2016) and postdoc (2016-2018) at University of California Santa Barbara, involves in understanding the nanoscale properties and device physics of organic electronic materials and devices.

Over the years, Hung has been advising and mentoring many high-school students, undergraduate students and PhD students. In 2016, Hung established and led an independent volunteer research group to assess the pollution level in seawater, ocean sediment and seafood in the central coast of Vietnam after the mass fish death caused by Formosa’s discharge.

Prior to experiencing PhD life in the US, Hung spent about a year working in Ho Chi Minh city for a French sporting goods company.

Before that, Hung obtained his Master degree in Environmental Science and Engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) in Korea from 2007-2009, then worked there for one year in a research and development center for seawater desalination plant.

From 2002-2006, Hung studied in the Honor Program for his Bachelor degree in Chemistry at Hanoi University of Science. From 2004-2007, Hung did research at the Center for Environmental Technology and Sustainable Development.

“When I was struggling to find a job which I surely enjoy, Fulbright came to my attention and immediately sparked my enthusiasm,” he said. “Joining Fulbright is really exciting for me in many ways, and particularly in two aspects.

Firstly, this project truly introduces a nonconventional concept of college education in Vietnam that promisingly helps young Vietnamese generations to grow and do things that matter. Secondly, I genuinely love the collaborative, innovative, evolving and dynamic working environment of Fulbright.”

Sebastian Dziallas is a PhD student in the Computing Education Research Group in the School of Computing at the University of Kent.

His research examines characteristics of computer science graduates and uses a highly qualitative, narrative methodology to explore the sense graduates make of their own educational experiences within their wider learning trajectories.

Before joining the School, he graduated from Olin College of Engineering in the United States.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Fulbright University Vietnam. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to build a new university from a blank slate. I look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff and to develop the curriculum – particularly in user-centered design and computing, as well as through interdisciplinary efforts.

In doing so, I’ll draw on my experiences at Olin College and my research on the stories students tell about their own learning experiences,” Dziallas shared.

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