The next speaker of Fulbright’s Academic Speaker Series is a familiar face to the Vietnamese audience, Dr. Nguyen-Phuong-Mai, author of best-sellers namely “Con đường Hồi giáo” and “Tôi là một con lừa”.

Dr. Mai Nguyen (Mai Nguyen-Phuong-Mai) is Associate Professor at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She also delivers corporate training in intercultural communication, diversity and bias management, cultural and organizational neuroscience. She is a frequent keynote speaker at major events and conferences such as Forbes Women’s Summit, SIETAR, Culture and Brain Science, ELLTA, etc.

In the last few years, she has taken interest in brain science together with her Master study in Neuroscience at King’s College London. She recently published a book “Cross-Cultural Management with Insights from Brain Science”. It questions the cultural theories of Hofstede and the like. It advocates for a shifting paradigm, from seeing culture as static to seeing culture dynamic, context is the software of the mind, opposing values coexist, change is constant, and individuals can develop a multicultural mind.

On this seminar, Dr. Mai Nguyen will talk about whether “culture is socially learned”, and the biology of our culture. Intercultural studies have been strongly dominated by the assumption that “culture is software of the mind”, nurture shapes who we are. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, we will see why culture is shaped by biology as well. For example, genes and brain play a significant role in forming the values of individualism-collectivism. Culture is not free of humans’ flesh and blood. It’s nature AND nurture. This seminar introduces a holistic look at our own culture and discusses the directions in theories and practices as a result of this new approach.

The details of the seminar are as follows:

Date and time: 13:30 – Monday, January 6, 2020

Address: Fulbright University Vietnam, 105 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Register for the event here:


The workshop will be led by Clif Kussmaul, PhD, who has used POGIL for 10 years and led workshops on POGIL and other topics around the world.


POGIL is an approach to teaching and learning in which students work in teams to discover key ideas and practice important skills. As a result, POGIL increases student engagement, learning, and retention. POGIL practices can also be adapted for other contexts.

For example, POGIL includes practices for self-managing teams, interactions between teams, and whole class discussions. The workshop will use POGIL practices to help teachers learn how POGIL works, as well as how and why students learn better when they interact and construct understanding.

POGIL was originally developed for chemistry, but is now used across a wide range of subjects.



Roughly sixty years ago, a group of computing pioneers at a workshop in Dartmouth College coined the term “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) and prophesied that in the near future, the cognitive capabilities of computers would rival those of humans. After limited progress for decades, we now appear to be in the midst of an AI revolution — computers today routinely complete complex tasks with astonishing competence.

Search engines, in response to a user’s query, retrieve results from an unimaginably vast collection of webpages with the precision of a mind-reader, looking past spelling errors and vague phrasing. Retailers recommend films, music and books to us, with the keen insight of a close friend who has known us for years and understands our tastes. The best Chess and Go players in history are computer programs that mastered the games via extensive self-study.

Sophisticated software is now used to assist with medical diagnoses, vet credit card applications, design airline schedules, solve crossword puzzles, predict sports and election results, and drive cars on busy city roads. What are some of the key ideas that underpin these systems, and should we be worried about their proliferation? In this talk, we will explore these very questions, while gaining a deeper understanding of two classic algorithms from AI.

Speaker: Raghu Ramanujan-Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Date: 3 October
Time: 12:00 pm -13:00 pm
Location: Fulbright University Vietnam, 105 Ton Dat Tien, District 7, HCMC
Registration HERE


Raghu Ramanujan got M.S., Ph.D at Cornell University and B.S. at Purdue University. “I joined the Mathematics department at Davidson College in 2012 after completing my PhD in Computer Science at Cornell University. I attended Purdue University as an undergraduate, graduating with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

I teach across the computer science curriculum at Davidson, and look forward to supporting and expanding our course offerings in this area. My research interests span multiple areas of Artificial Intelligence, including automated planning, combinatorial search, and machine learning. I supervise student research projects and theses on related topics”


The 21st century has been witnessing the fastest ever changes in technology. Everyone is talking about Industry 4.0, where automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) will rule the world filled with connected devices (IoT devices). Inventions play a vital role in each industrial revolution. Inventions are protected from being copied in form of patents. Trademarks, trade secrets and patents are Intellectual Properties (IP), which are very important for companies, particularly technology companies.

The talk will address the following questions: What are patents and IP? Why are they important? How can we bring innovative culture to universities – research institutions and companies? What are the viable models, in which companies can collaborate with universities to bring innovative solutions to the market?

Dr. Cong Trinh will elaborate on the process of inventing new technologies via his own experience at university and current company. He will briefly introduce the audience to Organic Electronics and chip manufacturing.

Date and time: October 15; 12:30-13:30
Location : Fulbright University Vietnam – 105 Ton Dat Tien, District 7, HCMC
Registration HERE

Speaker Bio: Cong got his PhD in Chemistry and Materials Science from the University of Southern California (USC). His research at USC focused on Organic Electronics (Electronic devices made from Organic Semiconductors, such as Organic Solar Cells and Organic LED). Organic Electronics are very promising for future flexible devices. He holds 4 patents in this area.

He is currently a manager of a product development group at Applied Materials Inc (AMAT). AMAT is one of the world-leading companies making manufacturing equipment for semiconductor devices and displays. His group is developing state-of-the-art tool for Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD). As the technology node scales down to 5nm and beyond, ALD is one of the key innovative technologies needed for semiconductor manufacturing. Cong holds 3 patents in ALD technologies.

Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) is software that anyone can use, modify, and share, without restriction. Popular FOSS projects include Audacity, Drupal, Firefox, LibreOffice, Linux, and WordPress.

Speaker: Clif Kussmaul

This talk will explore what FOSS is, why it is important for individuals and businesses, and how anyone can join a FOSS community to develop skills and improve the software. Clif Kussmaul is currently a Fulbright Specialist at Fulbright University Vietnam. He is Principal Consultant at Green Mango Associates, LLC, which provides consulting on education & software.

Formerly he was Associate Professor at Muhlenberg College, Fulbright Specialist at Ashesi University, Fulbright-Nehru Scholar at the University of Kerala, CTO of Elegance Technologies, Inc, and Senior Member of Technical Staff at NeST Technologies, Inc.

Clif has received grants from the US National Science Foundation, Google, VentureWell, and other sources, and has presented papers and led faculty workshops on POGIL, FOSS, and other topics around the world.

He is a former member of the POGIL Project Steering Committee, and a Senior Member of the ACM and IEEE Computer Society.

Everything you needed to know about caffeine and more! Dr Sue Heatherley will deliver a talk about whether research explains why we drink caffeinated drinks, what benefits if any caffeine has on our performance and what happens when you stop consuming it.

She will be discussing a number of studies, looking at the flaws in previous research and finally discussing why tea has a different image to coffee.

Sue Heatherley got her first degree from Cardiff University included an industry-based year.  Although she enjoyed her time in Clinical Child Psychology, Sue Heatherley realised it wasn’t a career path she would choose.  It did, however, encourage her to continue working in research and she joined the Psychology Department at the University of Bristol gaining an MPhil in implicit memory.

“I eventually joined the Health Psychology team working in the areas of occupational stress and the effects of aircraft noise on health.  My final area of research is psychopharmacology. Caffeine is the world’s favourite drug and is therefore fascinating to study and the focus of my PhD.  I’ve written many papers on the subject and appeared on the BBC’s The Truth about Food.  I’ve lived in Asia for over ten years bringing up my family, but also still writing and teaching psychology when given the opportunity” – Sue Heatherley.

Time: 12:00-13:00 

Date: Thursday, 19 September 2019


Dr. Gabriel Potvin, a Faculty member in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of British Columbia University of British Columbia, and the current Chair of Applied Science in the Vantage College program will present his talk about STEM at Fulbright’s Crescent Campus on Thursday, 25 April, 2019 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am .


His talk will focus on topic: “Building Bridges – Two examples of how engineering and non-technical content can be integrated to create new opportunities for students”

Dr. Gabriel Potvin has a background in industrial microbiology and bioprocess engineering, with a focus on the development of novel recombinant platforms for the sustainable production of industrially-relevant enzymes, and the cultivation of microalgae for the production of biomass and lipids used for the production of biofuels and other value-added products.

He has extensive experience in teaching and public science and engineering outreach, and has won several awards for this work. His current pedagogical interests relate to international education, student engagement, and the development of interdisciplinary education opportunities.

Companies have long invested in data to sell credit cards and get clicks on websites, but there is a growing movement to use data to solve more important problems.

In this talk, Joe Walsh will discuss the Data Science for Social Good Fellowship, a program that trains aspiring data scientists through real-world projects with non-profits and government agencies.

Joe will present a few of the DSSG projects he mentored, including identifying police officers at risk of adverse incidents (Charlotte and Nashville Police Departments), finding children at risk of lead poisoning (Chicago Department of Public Health), and uncovering the sources of legislation in the US (Sunlight Foundation).

He will also offer lessons learned.
The talk will be held in English. The details of the talk are as followings:

* Date and time: 3:30 P.M – 4:30 PM, 29 March 2019.
* Address: Fulbright University Vietnam, 2F, 105 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
* Register to join the event at:

About speaker:

Joe Walsh has had several years of experience helping academics, nonprofits, federal and state agencies, and companies of all sizes use quantitative tools to answer questions and make informed decisions about health care, transportation, education, public safety, criminal justice, and government transparency.

He is one of the few who has served as both a fellow and a mentor for the Data Science for Social Good program. He has master’s degrees in economics and peace and conflict studies and a PhD in political science. A US Marine Corps veteran and a member of the Truman National Security Project, Joe recently left the University of Chicago to start a company that increases property-tax fairness in the US.

What if sustainability meant re-inventing the world by re-imagining the way we do business?

What if the next billion dollar companies were going to be the ones that solved the world’s most pressing problems?

And what if Vietnam could be home to these companies?

Join Matthew McGarvey for an in-depth conversation on the next generation of social enterprises that will shape the world by addressing its biggest challenges.

During this conversation, Matthew will discuss the revolutionary new ways capital, technology and creativity are being deployed to change the way we live and how these same approaches can be deployed in Vietnam to create game changing companies that can change the world.

During his talk, Matthew will introduce radical new models of social enterprises that are shaping the future of humanity, as well as explore which sectors in Vietnam that are ripe for deploying these models.

The talk will be held in English. The details of the talk are as followings:

* Date and time: 3:00 P.M – 5:00 PM, on Monday, 18 March 2019.

* Address: Fulbright University Vietnam, 2F, 105 Ton Dat Tien, Tan Phu Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Register to join the event at:

Matthew is a co-founder of Xylem Capital, an impact investment fund targeting sustainable food and agriculture production in Asia. Along with launching Forbes Media in Vietnam, Matthew also developed and launched one of the first modern social enterprises in Tibet, which has become a model for local economic development.

In addition, Matthew has worked closely with regional and international corporates and NGOs in developing and launching new and innovative strategies for growth and impact.

Matthew has a Masters in Business Administration from the Sloan School of Management at MIT and a bachelors degree in Philosophy from Boston College.