Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nam, who recently completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering at UNIST, has been appointed as a faculty member of environmental science at Saigon University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Dr. Nguyen Thi Tuyet Nam received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam. She obtained her Ph.D. in February 2020 under the mentorship of Professor Sung-Deuk Choi in the Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering at UNIST. After that, she has worked as a postdoctoral fellow within the laboratory of Professor Choi at UNIST. She is now about to begin her new career as an assistant professor at Saigon University in her homeland, beginning June 2021.
Dr. Nguyen’s research interests lie primarily in the areas of air/soil monitoring of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), as well as the local pollution and long-range transport. Under the mentorship of Professor Choi, she has carried out research on the assessment of pollution and contamination in air, soil, and river water.
Through her school years at UNIST, Dr. Nguyen has published about five SCI papers. Among those, one that was published in the March 2020 issue of the Journal of Hazardous Materials has gained considerable attention for proposing a new approach for the highly spatially resolved human health risk assessment of both gaseous and particulate PAHs in the Ulsan region.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, Dr. Nguyen is scheduled to leave the country next week to prepare for her new teaching job in Vietnam. There, she will be focusing on research aimed at tackling air pollution problems.
“Air pollution in Vietnam’s cities and towns, including Ho Chi Minh City, has reached alarming levels,” says Dr. Nguyen. “In particular, transportation-related air pollution contributes to smog, and to poor air quality, which has negative impacts on the health and welfare of Vietnamese citizens.” She adds, “I would like to help tackle air pollution problems and hence improve air quality in Vietnam for future generations.”