Trang Luong recognized with top USF award
From the moment she arrived at INTO University of South Florida, Vietnamese student
Trang Luong has done everything to make sure she excels – so much so that she was
recently granted USF's Outstanding Graduate Award.
This honor is bestowed each semester by the USF Alumni Association on a graduating senior who, they feel, embodies leadership, school spirit, academic excellence, community involvement and a love for USF.
"I am the first INTO student to have received the Outstanding Graduate Award. It has been a lot of hard work and sacrifice for me to be able to study at USF, and I am honored to have received such recognition," said Trang, who attained an excellent 3.83 grade-point average across her Civil Engineering degree programme.
Trang arrived at INTO USF in 2011 as an Undergraduate Pathway – Engineering student eager to learn English and deepen her subject knowledge.
Since then, she has received an international award sponsored by the German government that included a 12-week summer internship at the prestigious Bauhaus-Universität, Weimar in Germany. She was also overall winner of the 2014 New Faces of Engineering-College Edition and was awarded a highly coveted summer internship at Florida Department of Transportation.
As if that weren't enough, she became the recipient of the Golden Bull 2015 medal, which is granted to those undergraduate and graduate students who encompass the spirit of USF. Aside from her studies, Luong is a resident assistant and research assistant at USF, has served as a Student Government senator, was president of the USF student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and is a brilliant pianist.
"She arrived at the INTO USF center four years ago and has shone with every new opportunity. Trang is a brilliant example of the culture of success that exists at both INTO and the University of South Florida. "We are so proud of all of Trang's accomplishments," said INTO USF deputy center director Sean Gilmore.
But Trang's relationship with USF hasn't ended with graduation – far from it. Having received her degree this summer, she is now planning to take an accelerated one-year master's degree in transportation engineering at the University, as part of her ultimate master plan to help improve engineering education and civil infrastructure in developing countries.
The only way, it seems, for this driven, enthusiastic and talented young person, is up!