MURP Student Bryan Nguyen Receives Fulbright Award to Study Waste Minimization in Vietnam

Bryan Nguyen

Bryan Nguyen, a student in PSU's Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program, just received a Fulbright Study/Research Award which will fund one academic year of study and research in his parents’ native country of Vietnam. Fulbright Open Study/Research Award winners design their own projects and work with advisors at foreign universities of higher education in approximately 140 countries.

Along with being a student in Portland State’s MURP program, Bryan Nguyen works as the Materials Assessment Project Manager for Community Environmental Services (CES), where he helps clients develop strategies to reduce waste. He is also an intern with Metro’s Planning Department and a Graduate Research Assistant with the Portland Housing Bureau.

Bryan received his B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. He worked in waste and stormwater management for several Southern California cities and then went on to study transportation and food systems planning. Nguyen has researched dockless bikeshares and transit systems in Shenzhen, China and studied sustainable transportation in the Netherlands.

For his Fulbright award, Nguyen will be traveling to Da Nang, Vietnam, where he will use his experience to support The University of Da Nang as it moves toward achieving its campus sustainability goals. He will be performing material waste audits and assessing the university’s accountability standards for recycling waste. He particularly looks forward to fostering an exchange of information and expertise with fellow researchers at the university on the topics of campus sustainability, materials management and waste reduction.

In the future, Bryan wants to help the Vietnamese community address urban planning issues related to food accessibility and food waste challenges, transportation accessibility and climate change.