(App)lying Change

Published on May 6, 2015

Bauer Junior Vu Nguyen Wants to Impact World through Apps

Vu Nguyen wants to build a mobile app that changes the world.

“I want to do things that I know will have an impact,” said Vu Nguyen, a junior in the WCE program.

Some smartphone apps are meant for fun and others for function, but for a junior in the C. T. Bauer College of Business, an app has the potential to spark change.

Bauer Honors student Vu Nguyen, who was recently accepted into Bauer’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, is part of an organization within the UH Honors College for DASH (Data Analysis in Student Hands), where members create apps providing data collection for nonprofit organizations.

Through DASH, Nguyen has been involved in creating different apps, including one for Volunteer Management, where organization members can complete tasks and log volunteer hours through their phones. DASH is also finalizing an app for Public Art, which will allow users to see every art piece on campus and will feature an augmented reality mode to put artwork within its respective location.

“Technology has been my passion for years, and it would be ideal if I could work with computers and learn new things every day,” said Nguyen, who is also studying management information systems at Bauer.

The international student from Vietnam said his passion will always overrule profit when it comes to his career. He said: “I have a business plan in my mind, and I’ve been reviewing it and revising it. I want to do things that I know will have an impact. It’s about growth.”

Last summer, Nguyen and his friends co-founded a study abroad conference in Vietnam, creating a Facebook page that reached over 1,000 followers and presenting to an in-person audience of nearly 100, giving their feedback on study abroad programs.

He is also a student leader at Bauer, serving as technology officer for the Management Information Systems Student Organization (MISSO). Even though balancing all these responsibilities takes a toll, Nguyen said he knows that all of his hard work and persistence will pay off.

“Knowledge is everything. You can do anything with your knowledge,” he said. “What you know and who you know is your knowledge.”

By Abigail Leal