Gary Giss is the Dean of International Programs in Southeast Asia for Keuka College (New York, USA) and has lived full-time in Asia for over ten years. He is an Associate Professor of Management for Keuka College and an instructor of Psychology for the State of Connecticut, in their online college program. Giss taught master’s level courses for Boston University for several years, as well as bachelor’s level courses in both psychology and business at many other universities in the USA. In Vietnam, he teaches at Vietnam National University – International School in Hanoi, Vietnam National University – University of Science in HCMC, Duy Tan University in Danang, and Fulbright University Vietnam in HCMC. Giss previously lived and taught in China for several years at Yunnan University of Finance and Economics (Kunming), Tianjin University of Science, Chengyi University (Jimei, Xiamen), and Wenzhou University.

Giss possesses a master’s degree in Psychology with a specialty in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, a Master of Counseling specializing in Community Counseling, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global Management, and bachelor’s degrees in both Anthropology and Psychology (Arizona State University, USA). He has conducted research in Vietnam, co-authoring a paper published in the Empirical Economics Review entitled, “Exploring regional differences in cultural values involved in creating Vietnam’s emerging economy” (June 2020). Giss is interested in the intersection of psychology, anthropology, and business, including the topics of behavioral economics, consumer behavior, culture, management, and leadership. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in business administration, focusing his dissertation on consumer behavior in relation to perceptions of corporate social responsibility.

Giss has several years of experience as a mental health professional (a psychotherapist and a Clinical Director), providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families, and providing group therapy (working in the areas of severe mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, anger management, and much more, working with court-mandated clients, private pay clients, in inner city clinics, psychiatric hospitals, and in the Department of Juvenile Corrections). He has been teaching psychology at the university level continuously for the past 18 years.

In addition to his private sector work, Giss has worked at various levels of the public sector, working for the city, county, and state-level governments in education, corrections, and public service. He also has experience as a lobbyist, serving a national Political Action Committee (PAC), where he directly lobbied U.S. government officials (senators and congress members) in Washington D.C., and he also served as a campus chair to a major international philanthropic organization.

Giss’s personal interests include many outdoor sporting activities and global travel. He has been to 50 countries so far, on all inhabited continents. His love for global travel began when he was an undergraduate student and studied abroad in Europe for two years, in both London, U.K., and Vienna, Austria. During that time he visited the homes of famed psychology pioneer Sigmund Freud (both in Vienna and London) and many other sites of interest. Studying abroad was a very impressionable experience for Giss and a big reason he moved abroad and has been deeply involved in global education. Giss is a strong believer in lifelong learning.

Email: bichphuong.vu@fulbright.edu.vn

Fields of Interest:

  • Technology in mental health treatments for children and adolescents
  • Physical activity and sedentary behavior on mental health
  • Cognitive training for creativity

Education:

  • Bachelor: 2014 – BSc Psychology with Media, Communication and Cultures, UK
  • Master: 2018 – MSc Behavioral Science, The Netherlands
  • Ph.D.: 2024 (expected) Ph.D. Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Vietnam & Norway

Bio:

In her late adolescence through early adulthood, Phuong spent her years abroad experiencing different cultures, foods, and fun, which allow her to be adaptable in international environments. Phuong’s main research interest is to investigate how to make mental health treatments more appealing and engaging for young people, who are especially vulnerable to psychological difficulties. She also loves what most people hate: statistics in psychology. She is a full-time faculty member at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Social sciences and Humanities (Vietnam National University-HCMC). Currently, she is a joint Ph.D. student at Vietnam National University-Hanoi and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Course: Research Methods & Statistics

Select Publications:

  • Arrindell, W. A., Checa, I., Espejo, B., Chen, I. H., Carrozzino, D., Vu-Bich, P., Dambach, H., & Vagos, P. (2022). Measurement invariance and construct validity of the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) in community volunteers in Vietnam. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(6), 3460. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063460
  • Vu, B. P., Quach, D. P., Nguyen, T. T. T., & Doan, Q. T. (2021). Ability praise versus effort praise on self-efficacy of university students. In conference: Identification, Assessment and Intervention for Children with Specific Learning Disorders in School Context, 11/2021, Vietnam National University-HCM.
  • Vu, B. P. & Nguyen, Q. V. (2021). The relationships between frequent social media usage, creative behavior and creative achievement in university students. In conference: Identification, Assessment and Intervention for Children with Specific Learning Disorders in School Context, 11/2021, Vietnam National University-HCM.
  • Vu, B. P. (2018). An educational computerized game to train creativity: First development and evidence of its creativity correlates. In conference: New Issues in Educational Sciences: Inter-Disciplinary and Cross-Disciplinary Approaches, 06/2019, Vietnam National University-Ha Noi.

Email: yuchung.ng@fulbright.edu.vn 

Fields of Interest:  

  • Natural Language Processing 
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • AI-based Software Engineering 

Education: Ph.D. 2004, Cornell University 

Bio: 

Vincent Ng is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas and a Senior Visiting Faculty Member in Computer Science at Fulbright University. He obtained his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. His general areas of research are in natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence (AI), and AI-based software engineering. He has been conducting research in these areas for more than two decades and is a leading expert on machine learning for information extraction from text. He has published extensively in AI and NLP conferences such as AAAI, IJCAI and ACL, and has given tutorials and organized numerous workshops at these conferences. He has also been actively involved in the organization of these conferences, serving in organizing committees as tutorial chair, workshop chair, and student research chair, as well as in program committees as program chair, senior area chair, and area chair. He has served or is serving as an action/associate editor for various AI and NLP journals, such as Artificial Intelligence, Computational Linguistics, Transactions of the ACL, and ACM Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing. He has recently been collaborating with researchers in political science, software engineering, and history on multi-disciplinary projects that involve real-time extraction of political events from news articles and automatic analysis of bug reports and political propaganda.  

Courses: Introduction to Machine Learning 

Select Publications:  

Email: nhut.nguyen@fulbright.edu.vn

Fields of Interest:

  • Network and computer security
  • Computer networks
  • Computer architecture
  • Multimedia systems and protocols

Education: Ph.D. 1983, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan

Bio: After finishing his graduate studies at the university of Tokyo, Nhut Nguyen held many R&D (research and development) and management positions at IBM Japan, Bell-Northern Research, Northern Telecom and Samsung Telecom America before joining the Computer Science department of the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) in 2012 where he is currently a Professor of Instruction. In addition to teaching at UTD since 2001, he has also taught at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). During his tenure working in the industry he has participated in several Standards Development Organizations (SDOs) such as the ITU-T, 3GPP and MPEG. He holds a dozen granted US patents, some of which were also granted internationally in countries including UK, Germany, China, Japan, South Korea and Italy. Three of his patents were adopted into the international GSM (Global System for Mobile) standards for wireless communication networks.

Courses: Computer and Network Systems Security

Selected Recent Publications:

  • “Architecture for enabling Collaborative Augmented Reality using ISO’s MPEG Media Transport”, Karthik Venkatraman, Yuan Tian, Suraj Raghuraman, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran, Nhut Nguyen, MMSys 2015.
  • “MPEG Media Transport (MMT) for 3D Tele-Immersion Systems”, Karthik Venkatraman, Shanthi Vellingiri, Balakrishnan Prabhakaran and Nhut Nguyen. ISM 2014.
  • “Architectural model choices for a SmartGrid home network”, Sridhar Rajagopal, Mark Trayer, Nhut Nguyen ad Kong Posh Bhat, , IEEE GreenCom 2011.

Email: dana.doan@fulbright.edu.vn

Research Interests: Dana’s current work and research are focused on community philanthropy, community-led development, evaluation of social change initiatives, equity and inclusion.

Bio:

Dana R.H. Doan is a Ph.D. candidate in philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (LFSOP) with a minor in policy analysis at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She attained a master’s degree from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a bachelor’s degree in History from Northwestern University. Dana is a member and volunteer for the International Sector for Third Sector Research (ISTR) and the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

Dana has over 20 years of work experience leading, consulting, advising, and conducting research on philanthropy and social purpose organizations in the U.S.A., Asia, and Latin America. In 2009, she helped establish the LIN Center for Community Development in Ho Chi Minh City to support and meet the needs of philanthropic individuals and institutions in and around Viet Nam. Dana continues to volunteer for the philanthropic community in the US and Southeast Asia.  She is committed to bridging research and practice, contributing to both academic and practitioner-oriented publications.

Select Publications:

  • Benjamin, L.M. and Doan, Dana R.H. (forthcoming). “Program Evaluation.” Chapter in Kearns & Wang (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Nonprofit Management, Leadership and Governance, TBC.
  • Doan, Dana R. H. “The 2022 Global Philanthropy Environment Index Region Report: Southern and Southeastern Asia.” IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
  • Benjamin, L.M. and Doan, Dana R.H. (2021). “Evaluation and Civil Society.” Chapter in List, Regina, Anheier, Helmut & Stefan Toepler (Eds.) International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, 2nd Edition, Springer.
  • Williams, Andrew L., and Dana R. H. Doan. 2021. “Independent Sector: Preserving the Status Quo?” Nonprofit Policy Forum 1 (ahead-of-print): 26.
  • Herzog, Patricia Snell, Amy Strohmeier, David P. King, Rafia A. Khader, Andrew L. Williams, Jamie L. Goodwin, Dana R. H. Doan, and Bhekinkosi Moyo. 2020. “Religiosity and Generosity: Multi-Level Approaches to Studying the Religiousness of Prosocial Actions.” Religions 11 (9): 446.
  • Doan, Dana. 2017. “Building Vietnamese Community Philanthropy: Understanding the Experiences and Expectations of Donors to the LIN Center for Community Development.” The Foundation Review 9 (3).
  • Nguyen, Phuong Anh, and R.H. Doan. 2015. “Giving in Vietnam: A Nascent Third Sector with Potential for Growth.” In The Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy, edited by Pamala Wiepking and Femida Handy, 473–87. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan.

Email: aaron.toronto@fulbright.edu.vn

Fields of Interest: Filmmaking, Acting, Theater, History of Film

Education: BA, 2003 University of Southern California, USA

Bio: Aaron Toronto studied filmmaking and Japanese at the University of Southern California and Brigham Young University. He has been active in the Vietnamese film, television and theater industries for eighteen years as director, writer, producer and actor. He has worked on such hits as “Tracer” (producer), “Tam Cam: The Untold Story” (screenwriter) and “Jailbait” (line producer), as well as working as consulting director on Veronica Ngo’s film “Furies”. His feature directorial debut, “The Brilliant Darkness!”, won two awards at the Santa Fe Film Festival 2022. It then opened to superlative reviews by critics and audiences alike in April 2022, with praise reserved especially for the performances of the cast.

In 2010, Aaron co-founded the Dragonfly Theatre Co. with Jaime Zuniga, an HCMC-based group dedicated to putting on professional English-language theatre. Over the past few years, Dragonfly has become a well-known brand in the ex-pat community with such hits as “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “The Little Prince”, “Dangerous Liaisons”, and the classic of world theater, “Waiting for Godot”.

With a strong theater background and long experience in the industry, Aaron’s strengths as a filmmaker lie in directing actors and having a complete skill set as a filmmaker, having experience in writing, directing, editing, acting, and producing. Though he holds an American passport, Aaron has lived over half his life overseas, having grown up in Latin America and spent time in Japan as well as almost two decades in Vietnam. He speaks Spanish, Japanese, and Vietnamese.

Courses:

  • Principles of Acting
  • Video and Film Production

Select Works:

Feature films:

  • Thanh Sói (2022), Consulting director / writer
  • Đêm Tối Rực Rỡ! (2022), Director / writer / producer
  • Em Chưa 18 (2017), Production manager
  • Tấm Cám: Chuyện Chưa Kể (2016), Writer
  • Truy Sát (2016), Producer

Stage:

  • Lend Me a Tenor – Ken Ludwig (2017), Director / producer
  • Interior: Panic / Kingdom of Earth – Tennessee Williams (2015), Director / actor
  • Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett (2014), Actor
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Christopher Hampton (2013), Director / producer / actor
  • The Little Prince – based on novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (2012), Writer / actor

Email: son.van@fulbright.edu.vn

Fields of interest: partial differential equations and stochastic processes 

Education:

  • PhD: 2021, Carnegie Mellon University, USA 
  • Postdoc: 2021-2022, University of Pennsylvania, USA 

Bio:

Truong-Son is a mathematician working in the intersection of partial differential equations and stochastic processes. He is interested in mathematically proving observed phenomena or predictions made by scientists and engineers. His PhD work consists of several unrelated projects, each of which stems directly from scientific phenomena such as chemical gelation and heat transfer. For now, on top of thinking about the outstanding questions from his past works, he is exploring mathematical biology and differential game theory. 

One of Truong-Son’s dreams is to discover more beauty in math and help students see it themselves, through their own lenses and interpretations. He loves talking about random ideas, mathematical or not. His learning style is by (guided) trial and error. Therefore, when possible, he encourages his students to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes by taking feedback from their peers or experts. 

Courses: 

  • Ideas in mathematics 
  • Introduction to data analysis 

Email: thilan.nguyen@fulbright.edu.vn

Fields of Interest: Existential Philosophy & Psychology, Gender, Narrative Psychology, Critical Social Psychology, Leadership & Career Development, Vietnam & Global South

Education: PhD, 2022, RMIT University, Australia.

Bio:

Dr Lan Nguyen was born and educated in Vietnam. From 2016 to 2018, she was employed in the Asia Graduate Centre, RMIT University, Vietnam, as a Research and Teaching Assistant. During this period, she conducted several studies on the social psychology of gender, positive psychology and career development.

In September 2018, she received an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship to pursue doctoral research at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She completed her PhD in 2022 titled “An Existential Inquiry into Vietnamese Women’s Life-Stories: On Becoming a Leader”. Her thesis was nominated for the Chancellor’s Prize for Research Excellence. The nomination cited Dr Nguyen’s significant contribution to the development of an indigenous Vietnamese women’s psychology and the science of psychology more broadly in its ongoing efforts to shift toward a greater sensitivity to issues of cultural diversity and gender.

Lan’s research has been published in several prestigious international journals, including Applied Psychology: An International Review and the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.

Prior to pursuing an academic career, Lan was employed in multi-national and start-up organizations. She has worked with NGOs and several schools in Vietnam, delivering training in career and leadership development and emotional intelligence. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Courses:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology of Gender

Select Publication:

  • Nguyen, L. T., Taylor, G., Gibson, P., & Gordon, R. (2022).  Advancing a critical social psychological perspective on leadership: A case illustration of a Vietnamese woman. Applied Psychology: An International Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/apps.12383
  • Nguyen, L. T., McDonald, M., Gibson, P., & Tran-Kieu, N. Q. (2022 – in press). Understanding the experiences of Vietnamese women leaders: Advancing an existential philosophical and psychological perspective. The Humanistic Psychologist.
  • McDonald, M., Nguyen, L. T., Bubna-Litic, D., Nguyen, N. & Taylor, G. (2021). Positive psychology applied to the workplace: A Foucauldian discourse analysis. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1177/00221678211029400
  • Taylor, G., Nguyen, T. T., Mathew, S. K., & Nguyen, L. T. (2021). Economic development, cargo handling methods and labour process change: the place of the Vietnamese dock worker in the ‘global’ history of dock work. Labor History, 62(1), 41-58. https://doi.org/10.1080/0023656X.2020.1849586
  • Nguyen, L. T., McDonald, M., Mate, S. & Taylor, G. (2018). Advancing a cross-cultural narrative approach to career counselling: The case of Vietnam. Australian Journal of Career Development, 27(2), 65-71. https://doi.org/10.1177/1038416218780069
  • McDonald, M., Bubna-Litic, D., Morgan, A., Mate, S. & Nguyen, L. T. (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). Routledge.
  • Nguyen, L. T., McDonald, M. & Wearing, S. (2017). Human resource development in multi-national organisations in Vietnam. Newcastle, Australia: Report Commissioned by the Faculty of Business & Law University of Newcastle. http://hdl.handle.net/1959.13/1335553

Email: trunghieu.nguyen@fulbright.edu.vn

Fields of Interest:

  • Numerical Analysis
  • Scientific Computing
  • Machine Learning and Data Science

Education:

  • PhD: 2010, University of California, San Diego, USA
  • PostDoc:
    • 2010-2012: University of California, Davis, USA
    • 2012-2014: Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
    • 2014-2016: International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Barcelona, Spain

Bio:

Dr. Hieu Nguyen was born in a small village in Thai-Binh, a northeastern province in Vietnam. He graduated from the College of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. He then obtained his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, San Diego, in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Before joining FUV in August 2022, he was a lecturer at Duy Tan University from 2016-2022 and a postdoctoral scholar at various institutions in the US and the EU from 2010-2016.

His research focuses on formulating, analyzing, and developing numerical algorithms to solve partial differential equations, especially at large scales on supercomputers. He is also interested in optimization algorithms in Machine Learning and their applications in Geoscience, Civil Engineering, and Traffic Monitoring and Management. Particular applications of his research include simulations of earthquakes, surface-subsurface hydrology, multiphase flows in porous media, prediction of landslides, soil erosion, and estimation of physical properties in civil engineering.

In addition to being an active researcher, Hieu is also an enthusiastic educator. He strongly believes in active learning and learning-by-doing. His courses are integrated with real-life and research problems to make them as relevant and interesting as possible. Not only is he approachable in the classroom environment but also outside of classes. He constantly looks for motivated students to join him on projects in computational mathematics and machine learning.

Courses:

  • Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Numerical Methods
  • Optimization

Select Publications:

  • Loisel, Sébastien, Hieu Nguyen, and Robert Scheichl. “Optimized Schwarz and 2-Lagrange Multiplier Methods for Multiscale Elliptic PDEs.” SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing 37, no. 6 (January 1, 2015): A2896–2923. https://doi.org/10.1137/15M1009676.
  • Badia, Santiago, and Hieu Nguyen. “Balancing Domain Decomposition by Constraints and Perturbation.” SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis 54, no. 6 (January 1, 2016): 3436–64. https://doi.org/10.1137/15M1009676.
  • Badia, Santiago, Alberto F. Martín, and Hieu Nguyen. “Physics-Based Balancing Domain Decomposition by Constraints for Multi-Material Problems.” Journal of Scientific Computing 79, no. 2 (May 2019): 718–47. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10915-018-0870-z.
  • Nhu, Viet-Ha, Nhat-Duc Hoang, Hieu Nguyen, Phuong Thao Thi Ngo, Tinh Thanh Bui, Pham Viet Hoa, Pijush Samui, and Dieu Tien Bui. “Effectiveness Assessment of Keras Based Deep Learning with Different Robust Optimization Algorithms for Shallow Landslide Susceptibility Mapping at Tropical Area.” CATENA 188 (May 1, 2020): 104458. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.catena.2020.104458.
  • Nguyen, Hieu, Ngoc-Mai Nguyen, Minh-Tu Cao, Nhat-Duc Hoang, and Xuan-Linh Tran. “Prediction of Long-Term Deflections of Reinforced-Concrete Members Using a Novel Swarm Optimized Extreme Gradient Boosting Machine.” Engineering with Computers, (January 21, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00366-020-01260-z.
  • Nguyen, Hieu, and Nhat-Duc Hoang. “Computer Vision-Based Classification of Concrete Spall Severity Using Metaheuristic-Optimized Extreme Gradient Boosting Machine and Deep Convolutional Neural Network.” Automation in Construction 140 (August 2022): 104371. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.autcon.2022.104371.

 Projects/Grants:

  • NAFOSTED, Grant No. 101.99-2017.13, Domain decomposition methods for solving partial differential equations on parallel supercomputers, (PI; with Dr. Du Duc Thang), 2017-2019.
  • NAFOSTED, Grant No. 101.99-2019.326, Methods for solving multiscale partial differential equations, (PI; with Dr. Mai Tina and Dr. Chu Van Tiep), 2020-2023.

Email: elsa.costa@fulbright.edu.vn

Fields of Interest: Elsa Costa’s research and teaching interests lie in the political and economic history of the early modern Atlantic world, in particular that of Spain and its New World possessions. She is also interested in the history of philosophy since 1500.

Education:

  • Ph.D. 2021, Duke University, USA
  • PostDoc: 2021-2022, Duke University, USA

Bio:

Elsa Costa is joining Fulbright University Vietnam from Duke University, where she is a postdoctoral associate in early modern history and where she also received her Ph.D. in 2021. Her teaching focuses on Europe from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment and on late colonial Latin America, with a special focus on empire, race, and political economy.

Her research focuses on the evolution of theories of sovereignty in the Iberian and Ibero-American world from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. Her dissertation, “The Bourbon Ideology: Civic Eudaemonism in Habsburg and Bourbon Spain,” focuses on the ways in which Spanish reformers and statesmen appealed to “the public happiness” in order to justify expanding the power of the central government over substate actors and international institutions.

She is also interested in twentieth-century philosophy and has published on modern French, German, and Brazilian philosophy, focusing in particular on the legacy of structuralism and the tensions and intersections between metaphysics and structural analysis.

Concurrently revising “The Bourbon Ideology” into a book, she is working on two other projects: an edited volume on Walter Benjamin’s engagement with late medieval and early modern philosophy, and a second monograph project on Machiavelli’s reception in Latin America.

Costa has received funding from the Tinker Foundation, the Fulbright program, the Institute for Humane Studies, and numerous other programs and institutions. She is also an editor, interviewer, and contributor for the Journal of the History of Ideas’ online presence.

Courses:

  • History of Capitalism and the Corporation
  • Atlantic World
  • Race and Empire
  • Global Humanities and Social Change

Select Publications:

“‘But I Want the Truth!’: The Legacy of Martial Gueroult in São Paulo Philosophy, 1935-2018.” A Contracorriente 19.3 (NCSU: 2021)

“When the Angels Played: Monadology and Divine Absconsion in Walter Benjamin.” Doctor Virtualis 15 (University of Milan: 2020)