Project Team

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Thu Duong
Thu Duong is currently a PhD candidate in Biomedical Graduate Studies at the School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania where her research focuses on developing in vitro cellular model to study inherited retinal degeneration disease. She got her BS in Biotechnology in 2008 at University of Sciences, Vietnam National University, then worked in Stem cell Lab until 2011 when she was awarded Vietnam Education Foundation Scholarship to continue her graduate in the United States. Thu first got involved with Vietnam Book Drive as Secretary back in 2012. She later served as a member of US Relations (2013-2014) and recently as a member of VN Relations. Her main commitment to Vietnam Book Drive, however, has been co-facilitating Vietnam Book Drive for Kids since 2014.Through Vietnam Book Drive for Kids Project, Thu hopes this can be seen as the beginning of a life-long cultivation of English learning skills and reading culture for Vietnamese children. Outside of school and Vietnam Book Drive, Thu joins VEFFA Mentoring Program as a mentor to assist Vietnamese students apply to the U.S graduate schools.


Ha Phan
Ha is originally from Hanoi, Vietnam. She came to the U.S. in 2001 to pursue graduate studies. She earned her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology in 2004 and her Ph.D. degree in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida in 2008. Upon her graduation, she relocated to Austin, Texas to work as a research scientist for Pearson Education. During her career at Pearson, Ha has supported various operational state standardized assessment programs for the states of Texas, Virginia, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Mississippi. Her primary research interest is in the area of international and national large-scale assessment, teacher effectiveness, and psychometrics. Her research has been presented at regional, national, and international conferences including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), Florida Educational Research Association, and SAS Global Forum. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Testing.
Presently, Ha also serves as President of the Pearson’s Toasters Club in Austin, Texas which operates as a corporate club under the umbrella of Toastmasters International. The club focuses on helping members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. She has been a Toastmasters since 2013. In the fall of 2015, Ha joined the Vietnam Book Drive for Kids Project as an advisor and a fund raiser. The goal of this project is to collect donated children’s books from the U.S. and to raise money to cover costs of shipping the donated books to Vietnam and to establish community libraries to benefit Vietnamese children across the country.


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Ly Le
Assoc. Prof. Ly Le had formal training in both Biochemistry and Computer science. She graduated PhD program in Computational BioChemistry from University of Utah and have two years training at Centre for Bioinformatics and Molecular Modeling of National Institute of Health at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is among youngest lecturer being promoted to associate professor in Vietnam. She is currently leading an active research group in Computational Biology. She has been the PC member and organizer of several conference CADD (Computer-aided Drug Development), GIW(International Conference on Genome Informatics), SKIMA (International Conference on Software, Knowledge, Information Management and Applications), ICCSA (International Conference on Computational Science and Applications) and ICCSE (International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering), BGM ( Bioinformatics and Genomic Medicine). Assoc. Prof. Ly Le join VnBookDrive4kids as a fund raiser. As a mother of two sons and an educator, Assoc. Prof. Ly Le believes in the importance of reading books in changing life of children in developing country like Vietnam for a better future.


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Ngan Dinh
Ngan Dinh is currently a sophomore at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore where she is majoring in Business Management and a minor in Global Affairs. She first joined Vietnam Book Drive as a volunteer for Project 2014 at Hanoi University of Sciences in Vietnam. The unique experience, the amazing friendships created during the project and the huge impact on Vietnamese youth is what inspired her to return to Vietnam Book Drive and become head of Fundraising for Project for Kids 2015. Ngan is also a Financial Controller at NTU Current Affairs Society and served as Director of Communications at Vietnamese Youth Model United Nations. She participated in Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations 2015, with a strong interest in learning about culture and developmental issues caused by globalization. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and photography.


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Tho Hoang
Tho Hoang is currently a Risk Assurance Experienced Associate at PwC Toronto, Canada. Graduated from Drexel University with Summa Cum Laude in Accounting, Finance and Management Information System in 2014, Tho worked for PwC Philadelphia before moving to Canada. She was initially drawn to Vietnam Book Drive by her passion to empower the Vietnamese youth with books and the opportunities to work with other like-hearted team members. She actively worked with the Vietnamese Students Association in Drexel University on supporting books sorting and donation activities for Vietnam Book Drive Project at many events such as PennMoves. Tho is now Co-head of U.S Relations at Vietnam Book Drive for Kids. In her spare time, she loves reading, watching drama, enjoying various world cuisine and doing yoga workout.


Duyen Huynh
Duyen Huynh is currently a graduate student in Cell and Molecular Biology program at Michigan State University. Coming to the U.S., Duyen became passionately in devouring English children’s books with artful and meaningful pictures and words. As a person grown up in Vietnam, she found U.S. children’s literature is much more successful than Vietnam children’s literature in introducing various life experiences, elegant imagination, and useful skills to children in a very friendly and interesting way. In 2014, Duyen joined a children’s book project for the children in her hometown-Danang. With the observation that Vietnamese children have the capacity to experience words and art from English books very deeply, she continues to volunteer in Vietnam Book Drive for Kids. Her long-term aim is to bring the high quality English children’s books from the U.S. to many other cities in Vietnam.


My Duong
My Duong is Culinary Science student at Drexel University. She gained her experience in social services through her internship as an event planning at Community Enrichment Fitness Network in 2014. In May 2015, My Duong volunteered in Vietnam Book Drive project at PennMoves and got attracted by the meaningful purposes of VnBookDrive4Kids project. Sharing the love for reading with all the kind-hearted members of VnBookDrive, My Duong hopes that her engagement with VnBookDrive4Kids is able to assist in creating not only a healthy study environment for Vietnamese children, but also opportunities for Vietnamese youths to actively participate in community experiences.


Kien Ta
Kien Ta is currently pursuing Msc Degree in Electrical Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington, Texas thanks to VEF scholarship. His research focuses on Wireless Power Transfer and Integrated Electronic Circuit. Kien heard about VNBookDrive for the first time when a VEF Fellow talked about this project to call for volunteers. Kien is a big fan of reading book and he realized the importance of reading book in education, particularly in scientific fields when he was an undergraduate student at Hanoi University of Science and Technology. So that, he took part in and work as a volunteer from 2015. He wants to contribute to making a rich book resource for students and children in Vietnam.


Tham Hoang
Tham Hoang is a Computer Science and Engineering PhD candidate at University of Connecticut. She joined UConn from Fall 2013 with Vietnam Education Foundation scholarship. Continuing with her PhD program, she has served at University Information Technology Service - Application Technology Services as Graduate Assistant from June 2014. Her research is focusing on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, especially in pathway analysis, big data analytic and user interface. Currently, she works for VEFFA and Vietnam Book Drive as volunteer in website development and maintenance.


Van Vo
Dr. Van Vo is currently a chemistry instructor at Skyline College, San Bruno. She is teaching Chemistry for Health Sciences and Elementary Chemistry courses. She is also a volunteer at San Mateo Public Library. Van obtained her PhD in Chemistry at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, and MS at the University of Pennsylvania. She joins the Vietnam Book Drive for Kids as a coordinator collecting children books from public libraries in the Bay Area. By joining Vietnam Book Drive for Kids, she hopes to contribute in bringing a good source of English books to children in Vietnam.


Bac Dao
Bac Dao is currently a PhD candidate with the major of Civil Engineering at School of Engineering, Texas A&M University (TAMU). He started his PhD program at TAMU in 2011 with the sponsorship from Vietnam International Education Program. Working in the area of education and as a father of two kids, he understands that reading is essential for any children to be literally grown up and well educated. Inspired by a statement that, “Reading can help you open your mind to the whole wide world”, Bac Dao joined Vietnam Book Drive for Kids with a desire to help Vietnamese children increase their interest and ability in reading.


Nam Pham
Nam Pham is a graduate from Drexel University, Philadelphia. He is proud to be a founder of Drexel Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), growing it into an organization of over a hundred members within a few years. In 2009, Nam moved to Canada to pursue a graduate degree in Computer Science and Mathematics at University of Waterloo, Ontario. Besides coding, he love reading books to his three year old son and teaching him Vietnamese culture. He is delighted to join Vietnam Book Drive for Kids to support childhood literacy by providing free books to children in Vietnam.