3300 Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building
Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 6E9
Fairfax, VA 22030

Long And Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building:

The Volgenau School of Engineering was pleased to be the recipient?of a $5 million gift from Northern Virginia businessman Long Nguyen and his wife, Kimmy. The gift officially named Mason's state-of-the-art engineering building, the Long?and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building. This gift helps to support Volgenau's expanding programs and ensures its ability to recruit and retain world-class faculty and attract energetic, talented, and creative students.

The building, which formally opened its doors in fall 2009, 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 is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Pragmatics Inc., which he established in 1985. Prior to that, he had a distinguished academic career teaching computer science at Georgetown University and other universities. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics at North Carolina State University, his master's degree in physics at the University of Virginia, and his doctorate in computer science at Iowa State University. An active member of the community, he was a member of George Mason University's Board of Visitors.

Kimmy Nguyen earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Saigon. She joined Pragmatics in 1987 following a successful career at IBM. As Pragmatics chief financial officer, she provides financial leader- ship and has overall responsibility for all accounting and financial initiatives throughout the company. She also provides oversight for the human resources department.

Long Nguyen, who is originally from Vietnam, credits Northern Virginia with his success and has adopted the area as home. "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 commit- ment to its future."