Posted August 9, 2012
Thuy is a director of petrophysical technology in the oil and natural gas industry. Her team, self-described “techno-nerds,” supports her company’s quest for hydrocarbons with key modeling and mapping functions that guide drilling decisions. Her story is one of a flight for freedom – she left Vietnam as a child with her parents and other family members in 1975 – education and achievement:
“My family was very much education oriented. My father said it’s not a matter of whether you go to college or not, it’s what are you going to study? … I wanted a degree where within four years I could get a good degree, where I could financially support my family. … I looked at the petroleum industry, and it was very high technology, it was doing something very good for the nation.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.