Taking on the responsibility of being vice president of activities with the University of South Florida (USF) Student Chapter offered Trang Luong, S.M.ASCE, an unexpected opportunity to enhance her personal and professional development.
“My participation,” explained Luong, who is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, the Florida Engineering Society, the Society of Women Engineers, and the University Student Tutor Association, “has helped me to cultivate a wide range of social relationships, such as meaningful and supportive friendships with my fellow engineering students and networking opportunities with faculty, staff, and professional engineers.
“Taking responsibility for managing and organizing all chapter events and activities, including recruitment, field trips, community service, fundraising, and biweekly meetings, has significantly strengthened my leadership skills and professionalism, and made me a better engineer and a more resourceful student.”
On April 2, DiscoverE selected Luong to serve as ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering, College Edition representative and received a $500 cash scholarship.
Among the many other highlights of Luong’s young career was being an invited speaker at the USF College of Engineering 20th Anniversary Heart of Gold Scholarship Awards Luncheon on October 4, 2013, to share her experience of engineering study. The speech was presented to the university president and dean, faculty of the USF College of Engineering, and donors, sponsors, and scholarship recipients.
Luong also participated in a research internship project in structural dynamics at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany, in 2013 by performing dynamic analysis using a finite-element program, and designing a beam’s models to analyze and compare with experimental data. The 12-week internship was a prestigious national scholarship funded by the German Academic Exchange Service Research Internships in Science and Engineering Program.
“Having a chance to study abroad [widened] my horizons,” says Luong, “and showed that it was not too late for me to start learning math, physics, and science – the subjects which I could not believe I would be capable of.”