RMIT Vietnam alumnus and current RMIT Australia PhD candidate Duy Dang-Pham looks forward to returning home and contributing his academic learning to industry.
The high-achiever has been pursuing a career in academia since he was a first year student at RMIT Vietnam and completing his Bachelor of Business (Business Information Systems) in 2011.
He said his passion for academia is inspired by his lecturers who are currently supporting him with his research on a variety of topics ranging from information security and privacy management to knowledge management, supply chain management in the construction industry, social media and technology adoption.
For his PhD, Dang-Pham is collaborating with a leading interior design and architecture corporation in Vietnam to improve its information security management system.
“I want to narrow the gap between academia and industry, especially in Vietnam, by conducting applied researches that bring practical results,” he said.
“People often tell me that there’s always a gap between academia and industry, but in fact there are many mutual benefits when these areas align.
“I’m passionate about pursuing an academic career so that I can contribute to society by promoting education and creation of new knowledge.”
Dang-Pham’s PhD primary supervisor at RMIT, Dr Siddhi Pittayachawan, has been supervising him since he started in the research journey as an Honours student.
“Duy loves studying, trying new things, publishing research outputs, and teaching students, which are crucial traits to becoming a good academic,” Pittayachawan said.
“As a result, he quickly grasps whatever I teach him, which provides me a very enjoyable experience to see his growth over these past years.”
His PhD secondary supervisor, Dr Vince Bruno, highly appreciates Dang-Pham’s attitude and research skills.
“Duy is willing to learn more, which means he actively listens, questions and researches new things of interest,” Bruno said.
“As one of his PhD supervisors I enjoy the collegial relationship that we have, where we are collaborating and learning from each other, through his PhD research journey.
“His research skills have improved significantly over the years from Honours and now into his PhD.”
As a PhD candidate, Dang-Pham has been published in high-ranked conference proceedings and journals including Computers and Security, International Journal of Information Security and Privacy, Pacific Asia and Australasian Conferences on Information Systems.
He expects to finish his PhD in mid-2017.