Kien Nguyen

Ph.D. Civil Engineering
Previous Institution: Hochi Minh City University of Technology
Hometown: Viet Nam
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Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?

At KU School of Engineering, I can find most of the things that I need to achieve my goal. We have excellent professors who always give us good advice to be on the right track, we have good research facilities to perform even challenging research projects, and we have good recreational activities for rest and inspiration.

What are you currently researching?

My current research is about mitigation of weldment cracking due to hot-dip galvanizing, a process that help protect steel structures from corrosion. The goal of our research is to provide improved design, materials, and construction specifications to help designers, galvanizers, and fabricators to build steel structures without any galvanizing cracking issues.​

What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?

My favorite about campus is that there are many organizations. I took part in Toastmaster International, Phi Kappa Phi, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Graduate Engineering Association (GEA). It help me develop my professional skills, which will be important for my future career. 

What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?

My advice is to balance between schoolwork and social life. Study hard and play hard. Luckily, we have many social activities around campus, for example, monthly social events organized by GEA.​

Which committee are you on and what would you like to do in the next year to help current graduate students?

I am on the Committee of Travel, which supports graduate students to present a paper, poster, participate in a competition, receive an award or attend sessions that will enhance KU research. My goal is to make sure that all students get the necessary information to apply properly. In addition, I plan to work with others to help fundraise the Travel Fund, so that more KU School of Engineering graduate students can attend national and international events.  


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