Olympia Grade 12 candidate Vuong Thien Huy (24) is studying on a long-term internship program at the United States Aerospace Agency (NASA) rocket laboratory.
For over 18 years of broadcasting, Road to Olympia has not only been a playground for people with the same ambition to conquer the pinnacle of knowledge, but it has also seen many generations of students grow and succeed.
Recently, the Olympic community (Olympia competitors) received good news from Vuong Thien Huy, representative of TH Practice, Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, who participated in the 12th Road to Olympia competition and accepted a internship at the American Space Agency (NASA).
This secret was revealed when Thien Huy shared with a close sister a request for help in finding his fellow Vietnamese at NASA.
Vuong Thien Huy warm-up competition at Olympia year 12 6 years ago, Thien Huy represented TH Practice, Ho Chi Minh City University of Education to participate in “Road to Olympia” and stopped at the monthly competition. 9X has just been accepted for an internship at NASA.
From America, Vuong Thien Huy (Simon Vuong) took some time during his lunch break to share his joy with Zing.vn.
On June 25, Fanpage Road to Olympia attracted attention by sharing the information that the program’s 12th grade applicant – Vuong Thien Huy – had been accepted to do research at NASA.
“I am doing research in a program called ‘Year-round Internship’ at JPL – NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in California, USA.”
Long-term internships are different from 3-month internships in that my peers and I are considered real scientists, receiving fairly “bone-breaking” research topics. The work is busy, takes about 8-9 hours a day, but I’m pretty happy,” Thien Huy shared.
The young man couldn’t talk much about his current job at NASA, but revealed that he is involved in improving space telescopes to see further and more clearly.
JPL is different from the rest of NASA in that it does not value education, but promotes the spirit of teamwork. NASA is not a place to just think “do it if you want,” but a place to research issues that benefit the community and humanity.
Thien Huy is doing a long-term internship at the NASA rocket laboratory.
Thien Huy happily said that when he was young, when he discovered NASA, he thought that this agency… was full of Martians. 9X didn’t dare think that one day he could work here.
Since late 2016, Huy has applied to NASA by submitting his transcript from where he studies – Pasadena Community College (California, USA) – and his CV.
The recruiting side doesn’t communicate much by email but only tells candidates to wait. Earlier this year, Thien Huy suddenly received a phone call from them.
“The people at NASA said they had a topic related to the field that interested me and asked if I would work here. I accepted. They also asked me to speak on the solid state physics topic that I had previously studied at the University of California, Berkeley in 2016.” Huy said.
The boy added that at the time he was quite shaken because the subject had been covered over a year ago and he didn’t remember much. 9X is just trying to share with them what he thinks.
After that, the recruiting side called one last time to congratulate. A few days later, Thien Huy received an official invitation from the rocket laboratory to the long-term internship program.
Thien Huy believes he was accepted for an internship at NASA because of the factors he listed in his CV, such as his research skills in solid-state physics at the University of California, Berkeley for 10 weeks; Proficient in using computers running Mac and Windows operating systems; Mastery of most contemporary programming languages (C++, Matlab, Python, Java, Pascal); the ability to reduce everything in science to mathematics and to think in terms of it (Mathematical Modeling Thinking).
As for personal skills, he considers himself to be rather patient, hardworking, thoughtful and careful.
Huy revealed that NASA as well as many US agencies did not want to know much about the candidate from the start.
The 24-year-old said being accepted to work at NASA was not easy but not impossible.
NASA Do not hold direct interviews with candidates, except for seminars with hot interview booths for candidates. However, they were limited to providing advice on writing a CV and how to apply.
According to Huy, the recruitment agency keeps a long list of candidates’ CVs and filters them through the search program. They will only keep CVs containing keywords (for example: Mastery of the C++ programming language, Matlab, etc.) corresponding to the needs of the staff.
The shortlist will be sent by the human resources department to the recruitment firm to contact the candidate directly. The CV therefore plays an important role when applying for a job.
Will study for a master’s degree and enroll in the program
Becoming an astronaut is Thien Huy’s 9th grade dream and he is close to achieving it.
“I plan to do research at the rocket lab for at least 2-3 years. This is the minimum number of years of experience needed to apply for the NASA astronaut program. I asked the professors where I work, I will also submit my resume and then I will have to wait for them to review it. This time was enough for me to get a master’s degree,” Thien Huy said.
9X said the astronaut program requires applicants to not only have research experience, but also ensure physical conditions. Therefore, outside of his time in the lab, Huy exercises every day.
He plays on the JPL/NASA amateur soccer team and will compete in the Aerospace League in the coming weeks.
Thien Huy with his relatives at the filming location of Road to Mount Olympia 6 years ago.
After studying math and physics at Pasadena Community College, Huy plans to apply to Cal State LA University, near his home and workplace. You will graduate in approximately 2 years.
For Huy, top schools like UCLA, MIT and Harvard are no longer the best choices.
In January this year, Huy announced a fast and efficient algorithm for solving differential equations at one of the largest mathematical conferences in the United States – Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) – and won an excellent award (top 15 %).
Next August, the 24-year-old will announce the extension and the project will be completed early next year.