President Bush appoints New VEF Board Members
May 17, 2004--President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Charles C. Nguyen and Professor Van Toi Vo to the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation. VEF is an independent U.S. federal agency created to strengthen the scientific, engineering, medical, and technology communities of Vietnam through educational exchange and scientific and technical cooperation.
Dr. Nguyen is Dean of School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Catholic University of America. Nguyen has been honored with the Research Initiation Award from the Engineering Foundation, the NASA/ASEE Fellowship Awards, and the Life-Time Achievement Award from the World Automation Congress in 2004. His professional contributions include serving as Founder and founding Editor of the International Journal of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing (AutoSoft), Associate Editor of the International Journal of Computers and Electrical Engineering, member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intelligent and Fuzzy Systems , and member of the Advisory Board of the Vietnamese Association for Computing, Engineering Technologies and Science (VACETS).
Professor Vo holds a joint appointment at Tufts University with the School of Medicine and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, where he created the Biomedical Engineering Program and helped establish the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Vo served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Biomedical Engineering Center in the Division of Health Sciences and Technology of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He helped create, and was vice-director of, the Eye Research Institute at Sion in Switzerland and co-founded the Vietnamese North American University Professor (VNAUP) Network. Inside Tufts' Biomedical Engineering Department, Vo initiated a Virtual Biomedical Engineering Department of Vietnam that will train Vietnamese researchers and educators.
Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Vo replace Dr. Chung Kim and Mr. Joseph Tuan Pham whose term expired in April. VEF Chairman Herbert Allison, Jr., expressed his appreciation for the outgoing Board members and enthusiasm for the new appointments. "We are grateful for the important service that Dr. Kim and Mr. Pham provided to VEF during its early days. We welcome Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Vo. They are outstanding scientific and community leaders. Their presence and support will greatly enhance the success of VEF."
Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Vo join an exceptional group of Board members, including the U.S. Secretaries of State, Treasury, and Education; two U.S. Senators (currently John Kerry and Chuck Hagel), two U.S. representatives (currently George Miller and Chris Smith), and four other presidential appointees (Herbert Allison, Chairman and CEO, TIAA-CREF; Frank Jao, President and CEO, Bridgecreek Development Company; Dr. Marilyn Pattillo, Professor of Clinical Nursing, University of Texas; and Dr. Robert Bryant, Professor of Mathematics, Duke University).
This year, VEF will have 100 Fellows in top graduate schools across the U.S., including Cornell, Johns Hopkins, MIT, NYU, Princeton, Stanford, Tufts, University of California at Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, and University of Texas at Austin.