I am delighted to address you all today and present my candidacy for the position of Student Governor. My name is Trinh Huynh, and I am a graduating student majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in IoT, I firmly believe that my academic achievements, extracurricular involvements at the Mu Mu Chapter, and leadership experiences make me an ideal candidate for this esteemed position.
As a new immigrant, my journey in this country has not been without its challenges. However, I firmly believe in the transformative power of education and have embraced it wholeheartedly. Despite switching my career from Hospitality Management to Electrical Engineering at the age of 30 with a financial hardship, I have maintained exceptional academic performance, consistently securing a place on the Dean’s List and ranking in the top 10% of my major. Furthermore, my dedication to research has led to the publication of two research papers, both of which were recognized as the Best Student Research Paper (2nd place) at the Annual American Society for Engineering Education – Northeast section Conference in 2021 and 2022. These achievements are a testament to my perseverance and commitment to excellence.
Beyond my academic pursuits, I have actively engaged in leadership programs and organizations. In 2021, I was selected as one of the inaugural cohorts for the Women Leadership Initiative, where I underwent specialized training in leadership skills. Additionally, my commitment to academic excellence and being a first-generation college student was acknowledged through my induction into the Tri-Alpha Honor Society.
For the past year, I hold the esteemed position of Chapter President of IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu, where I have successfully organized numerous technical workshops, seminars, recruitment events, on-site company tours, and tutoring sessions. These initiatives have attracted more than 250 students from six majors, building their professional networks, assisting them in securing co-op jobs, and enhancing their technical skills. I have also volunteered extensively, offering my assistance to several events at my school such as Industry and Professional Advisory Conference, Wentworth Open Day, Wentworth Welcome Day, Girl STEM events, and ImpactLab. My dedication and contributions to extracurricular activities have been acknowledged with the Wentworth Bowl and Leading Leopard awards.
Moreover, I took on the challenge of undertaking two 6-month co-op positions as an IoT/Automation Test Engineer and an Electrical Engineer while simultaneously managing a heavy 19-credit semester. My exceptional performance at Keurig Dr Pepper prompted the company to visit our campus for a private recruitment event, giving other students the opportunity to connect directly with employers. As a result, two students were hired for co-op positions, and this success inspired these students to continue attracting more companies to Wentworth students.
In my role as Chapter President of IEEE-HKN, I have revitalized the organization within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. I have facilitated tutoring sessions, organized fundraising activities, and sponsored seminars and workshops for the benefit of my fellow students. Through these endeavors, I have built collaboration and engagement among students, professors, administrators, staff, and external experts, creating a vibrant community that enriches the knowledge and skill sets of all involved.
As I prepare to embark on the next chapter of my academic journey as a Robotics master’s student at the University of Michigan, covered by a prestigious fellowship, I am eager to bring my accomplishments, experiences, and passion to the role of Student Governor at IEEE-HKN. I firmly believe that my dedication, hard work, and commitment to both academic and professional development make me an ideal candidate to represent and serve my fellow students. It would be a tremendous honor for me to contribute to the growth and success of IEEE-HKN as the Student Governor for the 2024 term. I am ready to embrace the responsibilities and challenges that come with this position, and I am confident that my unique background and diverse experiences will enable me to bring fresh perspectives and make a meaningful impact within the organization.