Writer: Emilee Cantrell
New Mexico State University’s College of Engineering is hosting a Vietnam Fulbright Scholar who will be conducting research, assisting in teaching a course and better acquainting himself with the American education system.
Professor Nguyen Huu Phuc will be at NMSU for six months, Sept. 16-March 15. While at NMSU he will be working with the electrical engineering faculty.
“Professor Nguyen’s visit is timely as it enhances the possibilities for joint collaboration between our respective institutions in an area that has an impact on carbon emissions and improving the quality of life,” Nadipuram Prasad, NMSU associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, said.
Nguyen will be working closely with Prasad, who went to Vietnam as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in 2012. They will be conducting research on low-head hydropower harvesting. Nguyen will also be assisting Prasad in teaching a graduate course on Power System Dynamics and Stability. He said he will be seeking collaborations for distance teaching and learning between the NMSU’s electrical and computer engineering department and his home university, HoChiMinh University of Technology. Nguyen said he also wants to better acquaint himself with curriculum design philosophy, teaching methodology, reinforcement learning and ABET accreditation in the American education system.
Nguyen said that while he is at NMSU his main goals are “research on low-head hydropower harvesting, seeking collaborations in terms of teaching and exchange between NMSU and HCMUT, and learning ABET accreditation and application at the Department of Electrical Engineering at HCMUT.”
“Vietnam has the largest low-head hydropower potential in Southeast Asia. All major river systems from neighboring China, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand flow through Vietnam and drain into the South Sea,” Prasad said. He said that Vietnam would be a “model for sustainable electric power generation” if the rich natural energy resource is explored in ways that are environmentally friendly, instead of building dams and destroying the environment.
Nguyen said he is most excited “about the flexibility, creativity in teaching, learning, research activities in American universities,” and “the diversity in American cultures, traditions, landscapes and ways of life.”
In Vietnam, Nguyen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in power engineering, does research on renewable energy, machine control and electrical power systems and does outreach activities with a number of industries in Vietnam. He is also responsible for special undergraduate and graduate programs that are taught in English and French. Nguyen researches renewable energy applications on wind power impacts on the Vietnam power grid and photovoltaic generation in residential applications.
Designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, the Fulbright Program is active in more than 155 countries and is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.