Fields of interest:

  • Program Analysis
  • Big Code Mining and Analysis
  • Software Evolution and Maintenance
  • Web and Configurable Code Analysis
  • Mining Software Repositories

Recent Awards:

  • Four-time Winner of ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Awards
  • Litton Industries Professorship Medallion Award

Representative Publications:

  • Trong Duc Nguyen, Anh Tuan Nguyen, Hung Dang Phan, and Tien N. Nguyen, “Exploring API Embedding for API Usages and Applications”, in Proceedings of the 39th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Software Engineering (IEEE/ACM ICSE 2017), May 20-28, 2017. IEEE CS Press, 2017 (To appear).
  • Anh Tuan Nguyen, Michael Hilton, Mihai Codoban, Hoan Nguyen, Lily Mast, Eli Rademacher, Tien N. Nguyen, Danny Dig, “API Code Recommendation Using Statistical Learning from Fine-grained Changes”, in Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGSOFT International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ACM SIGSOFT FSE 2016), November 13-18, 2016. ACM Press, 2016. (ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award).
  • Anh Tuan Nguyen and Tien N. Nguyen, “Graph-based Statistical Language Model for Code”, in Proceedings of the 37th ACM/ IEEE International Conference on Software Engineering (ACM/IEEE ICSE 2015), May 16- May 24, 2015. IEEE CS Press, 2015.
  • Hung Viet Nguyen, Christian Kaestner, and Tien N. Nguyen, “Cross-language Program Slicing for Dynamic Web Applications”, in Proceedings of the 10th Joint Meeting of the European Software Engineering Conference and the ACM SIGSOFT Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ACM SIGSOFT ESEC/FSE 2015), August 31 – September 4, 2015. ACM Press, 2015.
  • Anh Tuan Nguyen, Hoan Anh Nguyen, Tung Thanh Nguyen, and Tien N. Nguyen, “Statistical Learning Approach for Mining API Usage Mappings for Code Migration”, in Proceedings of the 29th ACM/ IEEE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ACM/IEEE ASE 2014), pages 457-468, September 15-19, 2014. ACM Press, 2014. (ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper and ASE Best Paper Award).

Notable Service:

  • Program Co-Chair, International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2017)
  • Program Committee, International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2018)
  • Program Co-Chair, International Conference on Software Engineering – Formal Demonstration Track (ICSE 2018)
  • Program Chair, International Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering – Formal Demonstration Track (FSE 2018)

Dr. Nora Taylor pursued her Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Art History at Cornell University, with the only professor in the field at the time. After studying Vietnamese language and history, Southeast Asian art and archaeology, Buddhism, and anthropology, she received a grant to conduct research for her dissertation and spent two years in Hanoi from 1992 to 1994.

Over the next 25 years, she taught Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Art History for the Council on International Educational Exchange in Hanoi, National University of Singapore, Arizona State University, UCLA, Nanyang Technological University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has traveled throughout Europe and Asia for conferences and spent large chunks of time in Vietnam. Her dissertation was published into a book titled Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art published by Hawaii Press in 2004 and reprinted with a new preface in 2009 by NUS Press.

For the past ten years, Dr. Taylor has also served on the advisory board of Asia Art Archive (AAA), an organization based in Hong Kong that collects documents and materials pertaining to contemporary art in Asia. She supervised one of their digital archive projects on Salon Natasha, one of Vietnam’s first contemporary art spaces. Working closely with AAA has led to seeking out and studying artists who use historical documents in their artworks such as the Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Vo and the Ho Chi Minh City based artist Phan Thao Nguyen. These artists practice what she would call alternative forms of historiography. In 2013, Dr. Taylor was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation award to research performance art in Singapore, Myanmar, and Vietnam. All of her research projects aim to uncover the overlooked and disrupt dominant narratives of art history.

Dr. Taylor has served on many review boards and several senior administrative positions including Chair of the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, Chair of the Faculty Tenure Board, Faculty Liaison, and Faculty Senate. Finally, Professor Nora Taylor was a member of Fulbright’s Academic Advisory Board in 2019, and will be Fulbright’s distinguished visiting faculty for the Spring term of the 2021-2022 academic year.


Fields of Interest:   

  • Social psychology applied to work, leisure, consumer culture, political economy 
  • Continental philosophy (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Beauvoir, Foucault, critical theory) applied to psychology 

Education: Ph.D. 2005, University of Technology, Australia


Matthew McDonald was born in Australia and educated at The University of Melbourne where he completed a Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours in Psychology and the University of Technology, Sydney where he completed a Ph.D. in existential philosophy and psychology. He has held various academic positions around the world including The University of New South Wales, Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney, in Thailand, Assumption University, Bangkok, in England, The University of Surrey, Roehampton, and Vietnam, RMIT University. 

To date, he has co-authored four books: Social Psychology and Theories of Consumer Culture: A Political Economy Perspective (Routledge), Critical Social Psychology: An Introduction (2nd ed.) (Palgrave), Epiphanies: An Existential Philosophical & Psychological Inquiry (VDM) and What To Do With Your Psychology Degree (McGraw-Hill). 

He is currently supervising several Vietnamese higher degree research students (Ph.D.’s and Masters by Research) who are investigating questions of gender in Vietnam by drawing on existentialism, critical theory, and moral philosophy. 

Matthew has been invited to discuss his research on ABC Radio National on the programs Late Night Live and Counterpoint and BBC Radio 4. He has written on issues related to psychology in the workplace for newspapers such as The Australian and The Sunday Telegraph. 

He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, Division of Academics, Researchers & Teachers. 


  • Applied Social Psychology 
  • Introduction to Psychological Disorders, Diagnosis, and Treatment 
  • Global Humanities and Social Change 

Select Publications:

Nguyen, N.T. & McDonald, M. (2022). Populist politics in a market-Leninist state: (Re)thinking gender in Vietnam. In P.J. Burke, R. Gill, A. Kanai & J. Coffey (Eds.) Gender in an era of post-truth populism: Pedagogies, challenges, and strategies (pp. 171-184). London: Bloomsbury.  

McDonald, M., Nguyen, L. Bubna-Litic, D., Nguyen, N-T & Taylor, G. (2021). Positive psychology applied to the workplace: A Foucauldian discourse analysis. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 

Nguyen, N-T. McDonald, M. Ha Thanh Nguyen, T. & McCauley, B. (2020). Gender relations and social media: A grounded theory inquiry of young Vietnamese women’s self-presentation on Facebook. Gender, Technology & Development 24(2), 174-193. 

McCauley, B., McDonald, M., Ha Thanh Nguyen, T. & Wearing, S. (2020). Digital gaming culture in Vietnam: An exploratory study. Leisure Studies, 39(3), 372-386.  

McDonald, M., Bubna-Litic, D., Morgan, A., Mate, S. & Nguyen, L. (2018). Power and self-identity: Positive psychology applied to human resource development. In K. Black, R. Warhurst & S. Corlett, (Eds.), Identity as a foundation for human resource development (pp. 83-98). London: Routledge. 

McDonald, M., Gough, B., Deville, A. & Wearing, S. (2017). Social psychology, consumer culture, and neoliberal political economy. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 47(3), 363-379. 

McDonald, M., Bridger, A. Wearing, S. & Ponting, J. (2017). Consumer spaces as political spaces: A critical review of social, environmental and psychogeographical research. Social & Personality Psychology Compass, 11(7), 491-513. 

McDonald, M. & Bubna-Litic, D. (2017) Critical organizational psychology. In B. Gough (Ed.), Palgrave handbook of critical social psychology (pp. 597-620). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave. 


Fields of Interest: Human relations with the environment, the history of science and technology, nationalism, and ethnic relations in modern China and surrounding regions.  


  • PhD: 2020, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 
  • PostDoc: 2020-2021, Yale University, USA 


Mark E. Frank comes to Fulbright from Yale University, where he was the CEAS Postdoctoral Associate in the Environmental Humanities and an affiliate fellow of the Agrarian Studies Program. At Fulbright, he offers courses on East Asian history as well as environmental history and the global humanities. Mark fell in love with the rich history of China during an undergrad study abroad semester and has since lived in Beijing, Qingdao, Chengdu, and other parts of China for a cumulative five years.   His most rewarding experiences as a college student at the University of North Carolina involved close collaboration with faculty on topics of mutual interest, and he hopes to “pay it forward” with his own students. 


  • Modern East Asia  
  • Basic Classical Chinese  
  • Economy and Ecology in Chinese History 
  • Global Humanities and Social Change  

Select Publications:  

Mark E. Frank. “Planting and Its Discontents: Or How Nomads Produced Spaces of Resistance in China’s Erstwhile Xikang Province.” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 3 (2016): 112. 

“Hacking the Yak: The Chinese Effort to Improve a Tibetan Animal in the Early Twentieth Century.” East Asian Science, Technology, and Medicine, no. 48 (December 22, 2018): 17–48.  

“Wheat Dreams: Scientific Interventions at Chinese Model Farms in Kham, 1937-1949.” In Frontier Tibet, edited by Stéphane Gros, 217–54. Patterns of Change in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands. Amsterdam University Press, 2019.


Fields of Interest: organic chemistry and green chemistry methodology development. She is also interested in sustainability and educational research.  

Education: Ph.D. 2017, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA


Dr. Trang Nguyen received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor’s degree from Hanoi University of Science. Outside of chemistry and natural sciences, her broad interests range from the arts to economics and management, and this range is reflected in her teaching and course development.  

Sustainability and education have been the common threads throughout her career. During her graduate study, she developed environmentally friendly reactions for the synthesis of important chemicals and served as a teaching assistant in courses of various formats and levels. In her industrial work in footwear manufacturing, she oversaw sustainability management including waste and toxic chemical control, automation, and new chemical testing. She also developed a training program for staff members of diverse functions and seniority levels. And at Fulbright, she is incorporating sustainability content into her teaching and community services.  


  • Materials that shape our world 
  • Sustainable development: Science and industries 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Scientific Inquiry

Select Publications:  

Wu Zhao, Summer Laffoon, Trang Nguyen, Jacob McAlpin, Kami Hull, “Rhodium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis of β-Branched Amides” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56, no. 5 (January 2017): 1371 – 1375. 

Trang Nguyen, Kami Hull, “Rhodium-Catalyzed Oxidative Amidation of Sterically Hindered Aldehydes and Alcohols”, ACS Catalysis 6, no. 12 (October 2016): 8214 – 8218.

Trang Nguyen, Gregory Kortman, Kami Hull “Synthesis, Cycloaddition and Cycloreversion Reactions of Mononuclear Titanocene-Oxo Complexes”, Organometallics 35, no. 11 (May 2016): 1713 – 1725. 

Trang Nguyen, Jeffery Bertke, Danielle Gray, Kami Hull, “Facile C–H, C–F, C–Cl, and C–C Activation by Oxatitanacyclobutene Complexes”, Organometallics 34, no. 17 (August 2015): 4190 – 4193. 

Trang Nguyen, “Shared home, shared hope and shared actions”, Blue Dot Magazine 1, (Spring 2015). 


Fields of Interest: Wireless communications systems, such as 5G and 6G cellular networks and Internet of Things (IoT) networks; innovation in engineering education. 

Education: Ph.D. 2012, University of Texas at Austin, USA


Dr. Kien Trung Truong joined Fulbright University Vietnam in August 2020. As the Chair of Engineering, he is interested in inspiring and developing future generations of engineers in Vietnam with a strong background of interdisciplinary knowledge, hands-on learning experiences, sharpened skills, and an entrepreneurial mindset. He strongly believes that these new generations of engineers can identify opportunities, solve problems and create long-lasting personal, economic, and societal values. In addition to teaching, Dr. Truong is an active research engineer who enjoys participating and interacting with industry and government through sponsored research, training, and consulting. His current research interests focus on wireless communications cellular systems with recent applications to 5G and now 6G. He was co-recipient of several best paper awards, including the 2013 EURASIP Journal on Wireless Communications and Networking Best Paper Award and the 2014 Journal of Communications and Networks Best Paper Award. He has been granted several United States (US) patents on the fourth generation (4G) and the fifth generation (5G) of wireless cellular networks. 

Dr. Kien Trung Truong was born and raised in Hanoi. He obtained his B.S. degree in Telecommunications & Electronics Engineering from Hanoi University of Science and Technology in July 2002. He received the M.S.E. degree in May 2008 and the Ph.D. degree in May 2012, both in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a fellow alumnus of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). 


  • Design and Systems Thinking 
  • Computer Organization 
  • Computer Modeling and Simulation 

Select Publications: 

Kien T. Truong, and Robert W. Heath Jr. “Multimode Antenna Selection for MIMO Amplify-and-Forward Relay Systems.” IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 58, no. 11 (2010): 5845-859. doi:10.1109/tsp.2010.2053364. 

Kien T. Truong, Philippe Sartori, and Robert W. Heath Jr., “Cooperative Algorithms for MIMO Amplify-and-Forward Relay Networks.” IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing 61, no. 5 (2013): 1272-287. doi:10.1109/tsp.2012.2236832. 

Kien T. Truong, and Robert W. Heath Jr. “Effects of Channel Aging in Massive MIMO Systems.” Journal of Communications and Networks 15, no. 4 (2013): 338-51. doi:10.1109/jcn.2013.000065. 

Kien T. Truong, Hosein Nikopour, and Robert W. Heath Jr. “FDD Massive MIMO with Analog CSI Feedback.” 2015 49th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers, 2015. doi:10.1109/acssc.2015.7421139. 

Kien T. Truong, Robert W. Heath, Jr. and Hosein Nikopour, “Method and Apparatus for Downlink Channel Estimation in Massive MIMO,” US patent #10,374,836, granted on August 6, 2019 (for 5G cellular networks). 

Kien T. Truong, Peiying Zhu, Jianglei Ma, and Robert W. Heath Jr. “System and Method for Downlink Channel Estimation in Massive Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output (MIMO),” US patent #10,250,309, granted on April 02, 2019 (for 5G cellular networks).


Fields of Interest: Dr. Tran Vinh Linh’s research interest is Combinatorial probability with a focus on topics such as spectral properties of random matrices, random graph/hypergraph theory, and additive number theory. 


Ph.D. 2011, Rutgers University, USA 


  • 2011-2014, University of Washington, USA 
  • 2016-2017, Yale University, USA 


Dr. Tran Vinh Linh is a Vietnamese mathematician with a passion for Liberal Arts education. He is interested in Applied mathematics with a focus on Applied Probability. He has done research in Random matrix and random graph theory which resulted in publications with high citation. He supervised undergraduate students in various projects with topics in Applied Graph theory, Financial Mathematics, and Stochastic simulation. 

Dr. Linh’s teaching goal is to make Math friendly and accessible to everyone. His courses are designed with active learning activities where students can have hands-on experience with mathematical modeling and understand the true ideas behind complicated formulas. He is looking for motivated and creative students who are willing to try new things and take on challenging research topics. 


  • Linear Algebra 
  • Discrete Mathematics 
  • Introduction to Data Analysis 
  • Quantitative Reasoning in the Digital Age 

Select Publications:  

L. Tran, V. Vu, and K. Wang Sparse random graphs: Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, Random Structures and Algorithms, Vol. 42, Issue 1, 110-134, 2013. (142 citations) 

G. Brito, I. Dumitriu, S. Ganguly, C. Hoffman, L. Tran, Recovery and Rigidity in a Regular Stochastic Block Model, Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms (SODA), 2016. (25 citations) 

L. Tran, Local law for eigenvalues of random regular bipartite graphsBulletin of the Malaysian Mathematical Sciences Society, Vol. 43, Issue 2, 1517-1526, 2020. (13 citations) 

Dr. Vu Thanh Tu Anh served for ten years as the director of research at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Ho Chi Minh City.

He led FETP’s transformation into the Fulbright School of Public Policy and Management, Fulbright University Vietnam’s graduate professional school. His primary research interests include economic development, industrial policy, and institutional economics.

He is one of the 15 members of the Economic Advisory Group of the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He led FETP’s policy research and analysis efforts and coordinated research teams. He helps design and deliver the Harvard Kennedy School Vietnam Program’s executive education and policy dialogue initiatives with the Vietnamese government.

Tu Anh also serves as a member of the Consultative Group of the National Assembly’s Economic Committee, member of the Scientific Committee at Vietnam National University. Tu Anh frequently comments on economic policy issues in the Vietnamese media.

During 2013-2015, Tu Anh was as a GEG Global Leaders Fellow, serving as a fellow at the University of Oxford and Princeton University. Tu Anh is a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. Tu Anh holds a PhD from Boston College.

As a boy growing up in rural Central Vietnam, Quoc Le (Le Viet Quoc) was fascinated by machines, inventors, and mathematics. These passions shaped his subsequent interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Today he is a scientist at Google, where he is one of the leading artificial intelligence researchers at the Google Brain project. In 2014, Quoc was recognized by the MIT Technology Review as one of the top innovators in the world under the age of 35.

Quoc’s work has won multiple awards at international conferences on machine learning and artificial intelligence and has been profiled in the New York Times Magazine.

Quoc obtained his PhD in Computer Science at Stanford University and a Bachelor of Software Engineering (First Class Honors) at the Australian National University, where he was a Distinguished Scholar. He is a proud graduate of Quoc Hoc Hue High School in Hue.

Edward Miller is a historian of American Foreign Relations and modern Vietnam, with special expertise in the Vietnam War. His scholarship explores the international and transnational dimensions of the war, and is based on research in archives in Vietnam, Europe, and the United States.

Professor Miller is interested in the ways in which political and military conflicts in Vietnam and the rest of Southeast Asia after 1945 were also conflicts over ideas—especially ideas about development, nation building, and sovereignty.

These themes are examined in his first book, entitled Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem, the United States, and the Fate of South Vietnam (Harvard University Press, 2013). Professor Miller’s current research projects include a re-appraisal of the legitimacy of the South Vietnamese state, and an environmental history of insurgency and counterinsurgency in the Mekong Delta from the 1930s to the 1970s.