This is Duy Tran.

This is Duy Tran.

Duy Tran is an adjunct math lecturer at Vanguard University. He is a first-generation college graduate and an immigrant to the united states from the southside of Vietnam. His mom's side of the family settled in southern California when Duy was in high school. Duy remembers experiencing the difficulty of the language barrier as he acclimated to American life. He clung to academics excelling in math because the answers to complex equations were resolute and binary as opposed to literature. Today, he is passionate about statistics and cultivating empowering professor-to-student relationships.

"I grew up in an environment that had little resources so, I don't take my education for granted. Throughout graduate school, I had professors that invested in me while my family and friends did not understand collegiate work since I was a first-generation college graduate."

Duy completed his undergraduate at the University of California Irvine, a master's degree from California State University Fullerton, and his doctorate of education from the University of Illinois.

"As a professor, I encourage students to attend office hours. Math is challenging but, Vanguard professors care about you and your grade. We don't want you to fail. We want to have a relationship with you and see what you do in the future."

Duy teaches at five different universities as an adjunct professor. He is passionate about education and realizes how valuable it is once entering the workforce. When he is not working, he enjoys staying fit by hiking or exercising. His favorite dish in Vietnamese cuisine is pho and plans on getting married to his fiance within the next couple of years.

Vanguard is thankful for Duy's journey as well as his passion for math and providing quality education to our students.