21 INTEL VIETNAM SCHOLARS ARRIVED AT PSU Aug. 2, 2012 to complete their bachelor’s degrees and prepare for jobs with Intel in Vietnam. In this group, Phuong Ly, Ha Pham, and Olivia Thai Tieu (pictured from left to right in photo) will study supply and logistics management at the School of Business. This is the third group of high-achieving Vietnamese students awarded scholarships to study at PSU for two years—and the first group that is mostly women.
The high number of women in this year’s group reflects Intel’s commitment to recruiting women into its technical workforce. Intel’s total investment after three groups in the program tops $7 million. PSU and Intel selected the students from 300 applicants through a rigorous screening process, including academic testing and personal interviews. The students receive a two-year scholarship, which covers full non-resident tuition and fees, room and board, books, and a small stipend.
The program has been highly successful, with participants performing very well academically at PSU and on the job at Intel Vietnam upon graduation. All the students in the two previous groups are working for Intel at its largest global assembly-test facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
School of Business undergraduate advisors, Haley Holmes and Sarah Myers-Mitchell (pictured above) welcomed Phuong, Ha, and Olivia at a reception Aug. 3, where they had a chance to get to know a little bit about each student.
Q: WHAT TOWN ARE YOU FROM?
P: Binh Duong
H: Ba Ria
O: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Q: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO THE IVS PROGRAM?
P: I’m interested in supply chain management. I like organizing things and scheduling, and I’m willing to live and study in a foreign country.
H: I want to know what learning in the US is like and I want to learn how operations work in real businesses.
O: The Intel Vietnam Scholars (IVS) program is unique with its association with PSU, which is a very good university for studying logistics and supply chain management. Moreover, this program also guarantees a better future for me after graduation.
Q: WHAT INTERESTS YOU ABOUT SUPPLY AND LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT?
P: I’m interested in arranging and making specific plans for my study schedule and other activities. Supply and logistics management is very related to those aspects.
H: I’m interested in how different parts link to a chain and how I can make it work smoothly. I like forecasting and inventory, and both are involved in supply and logistics management.
O: I’m interested in how the proper management in supply and logistics can bring so much more added value to customers as well as substantially decrease costs for the company.
Q: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART SO FAR?
P: The many modern facilities, studying space, and computer labs that students can use. The campus is so green and big.
H: I like the educational environment here. I can ask questions whenever I want and the faculty are really great.
O: The nature surrounding Portland and the people I’ve met are the most pleasant part so far.