Nguyen Xuan Vinh

Profession: Aerospace Engineer/Novelist
Birthplace: New York
Position: Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

Over 1000 aerospace engineers have studied under the much accomplished Nguyen Xuan Vinh. Since 1972 he has been a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan and has chaired more than 20 doctoral committees. Nguyen was also a visiting professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Etudes Aérospatiales in France from ’74-‘75, and a chair professor of applied mathematics at the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan in 1982. He received the 1996 Excellence 2000 Award from the Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce for the field of science.

Nguyen was born in Yen Bay, Vietnam in January, 1930. He graduated from the French Air Force Academy in 1953 and served as Commander of the Vietnamese Air Force from ’58 to ’62. He received his doctorate in 1965—the first Ph.D. in aerospace engineering conferred by the University of Colorado. He also writes Vietnamese besteselling novels under the pen name Toan Phong.