2017 Conference Cameo: Trinh D. Eng

#NORDP2017 starts Monday, May 8 in Denver, CO. Keep checking back here at the blog and on our Twitter feed (@NORDP_official) for live conference updates. Register here: http://www.nordp.org/conferences.

Who: Trinh D. Eng, Mega-Grants Initiative Projects Officer
Where: New York University
Number of years in research development: 6
Length of NORDP membership: 1
Number of NORDP conferences attended: This will be my first.
What is the most interesting place you’ve visited? My childhood home in Vietnam, now a school for girls.

I am looking forward to meeting and learning from my fellow research development peers in Denver at my very first NORDP conference this May.

I backed into the field of research development through my love for raising funds for research and other programs that advance knowledge and solutions to vexing questions and critical challenges. I joined the NYU Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) in December 2016 after nearly six years in program management and research development at the NYU School of Law.  Trinh_Duong_Eng

Now, as Projects Officer of the Mega-Grants Initiative, I work closely with my terrific colleagues in OSP, with faculty members and with the Office of the Senior Vice Provost to support the development of cross-disciplinary approaches to major research projects. The Mega-Grants Initiative at NYU was established in FY 2013 by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost to support faculty members across NYU’s 18 schools and multiple campuses to pursue cross-disciplinary research projects. With an understanding that securing funding for these complex projects is often demanding, my work on the Mega-Grants Initiative includes meeting with faculty members regularly to review early-stage project ideas, assist in the development of research teams, target institutional resources to support promising projects and see the grant proposals through final submission.

I have had a long history with NYU and am a proud MBA graduate of the NYU Stern School of Business, where I specialized in change management, digital media and economics. Prior to joining NYU, I spent nearly 10 years as a member management teams for public and private foundations. Through those experiences, I have had some insight into the decision-making process from the perspective of the sponsor or funder.

In the realm of fun or other facts, I was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and spent two years as a child in the refugee camps of Malaysia before resettling on the suburban edges of rural America. I was also the first undergraduate from NYU to receive the Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurship. In my previous position, I was quite unsuccessful in developing a running club.


We hope to see you at the 2017 NORDP Research Development Conference, which will be held May 8-10 in Denver, CO. For more information about the conference program or to register, visit http://www.nordp.org/conferences. Follow @NORDP_official on Twitter for all the latest #NORDP2017 updates.

If you’d like to be featured in a Conference Cameo, let us know at rdconf@nordp.org

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