Mason Receives $5 Million Gift Naming Engineering Building for Long and Kimmy Nguyen

Posted: November 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm, Last Updated: November 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm

By Jennifer Edgerly

Long and Kimmy Nyugen with Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, at a reception in the Nguyens' honor. Photo by Laura Sikes

Long and Kimmy Nguyen with Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering, at a reception in the Nguyens' honor. Photo by Laura Sikes

Northern Virginia businessman Long Nguyen and his wife, Kimmy, have given a gift of  $5 million to the university that will officially name Mason’s new state-of-the-art engineering building the Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building.

“The new engineering building is a world-class facility for teaching and research that broadly and profoundly affects the quality of the Volgenau School of Information and Technology’s programs,” says Alan Merten, Mason president.

“This gift shows the Nguyens’ strong dedication to Northern Virginia and George Mason University. I am deeply honored that they chose our university and our remarkable new engineering building.”

Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the Volgenau School, notes, “The demand for IT professionals, computer scientists and engineers continues to grow, particularly in our area. Our school is meeting this need thanks to the cutting-edge research and educational facilities provided by our new building. The generosity of the Nguyens plays an important and valuable role in our school’s future.”

The new Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building. Photo by Lori A. Wilson

The new Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building. Photo by Lori A. Wilson

The gift will support the Volgenau School’s expanding programs and ensure its ability to recruit and retain world-class faculty and attract energetic, talented and creative students.

The building, which formally opened its doors in August, contains more than 180,000 square feet of classroom, research and office space. As such, it is the largest academic building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. It is also Mason’s first LEED-certified green building.

Long Nguyen, who is originally from Vietnam, credits Northern Virginia with his success and has adopted the area as his home. In 1985, Nguyen left a teaching position at Georgetown University and established Pragmatics, an information technology solutions company headquartered in McLean, Va. Nguyen serves on Mason’s Board of Visitors.

“My family and I are extremely grateful for the opportunities and freedom we’ve been afforded since immigrating to the United States,” says Nguyen. “We believe very strongly in education and chose to bestow this gift upon George Mason University because of our commitment to its future.”

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