Since being named President’s Scholar in 2014, Nguyen Phuong Duy’s creative flame has grown bigger and brighter.
While in the second grade and inspired by a fictional young scientist in the popular Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory, Duy decided to pursue an engineering career when he grew up.
Over a decade later the nineteen-year-old started to familiarise himself with electronics by creating imaginative toys from cardboard and duct tape. He participated in competitions at various levels to bring this creativity to life.
At the regional round of the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Duy won fourth place in the electrical and mechanical engineering category with his creation an automatic environmental monitoring system: Application to Aquaponic for home grown food
During the 2014 RMIT Vietnam Scholarship competition, the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics) student moved the panel with the following:
“I want to redefine the meaning of being an engineer and show to the world that it is not just about fixing things, but rather about pioneering life-changing innovations from the simplest things which bring about a better world for everyone."
For the friendly-and-plump-faced young man, every single minute counts.
Although he studies four courses per semester, the second year student still has time to engage in a wide range of community activities.
“Me and my friends launched the Engineering Club at the recent RMIT Vietnam Club Day,” he said.
“In the upcoming Technology Day, our team will showcase all our creative work.”
Describing their plan for Technology Day, Duy spoke passionately about maybugs, football-playing robots and 3D printers.
After one year at RMIT Vietnam, Duy is very interested in the University’s teaching style.
“The courses are not as theoretical as I had imagined; lectures not only teach students the course content, but also how to do self study and research,” Duy said.
“As a result, I can dig deep and expand my knowledge in the field that I am interested in.”
Beside studying and volunteering at the University, Duy sits on the management board of an NGO that aims to support and activate creative passion in the field of technology.
“The group has been active for about three months, attracting around 40 members and successfully organising workshops for youngsters who are passionate about technological creation.”
An alumnus of Le Hong Phong High School, Duy has also gone back to his school to support junior students in science research
Duy’s inspirational story is as simple as his cardboard robots, but through his endeavours he has exhibited a maturity that makes him deserving of the scholarship.