Vy Tran

Class of 2011, Engineer, Genentech, NASA

Developing future technologies

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Vy Tran’s first journey from Vietnam to America started at the Institute for International Studies (IIS) at Mission College. Because of her limited English, she enrolled in the IIS classes to improve her English and learn about academic expectations and culture in the U.S. During her studies at Mission College, Vy worked at the International Student Center as an assistant and helped other international students at the college. This valuable work experience has helped her develop confidence and leadership skills. While working on her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at San Jose State University (SJSU), she interned at Applied Materials. This opportunity helped her gain industry experience and build professional relationships outside of school. Her success and ambition do not stop here.

Vy is working on her Master’s Degree at SJSU while working for Genentech as an engineer. She also does research for NASA, developing batteries that will be used in outer space. Her advice to new international students: be open-minded and welcome new and unfamiliar opportunities and challenges that they will encounter.

“Mission College helped me a lot. When I first came to the U.S., my English was poor, and I would have never imagined that I would be able to accomplish what I have. I am thankful to my instructors, counselors, and classmates who encouraged and supported me along the way.”