The Third Viet-Tech International Conference
San Jose State University, California, USA
August 4 - 5, 2000

Organized by VACETS in Collaboration with VESA
The Vietnamese Engineering Student Association at San Jose State University

Welcoming Remark from VTIC2000 Conference Chair

At the Conference Dinner Banquet on August 4, 2000

University Dining Room, San Jose State University

[Edited for posting]

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the dinner banquet of VTIC2000, the Third VACETS Technical International Conference, and the second VACETS conference at San Jose State University. I cannot believe that we have more than 100 people attending the dinner banquet and I admit that it is my mistake for not reserving a bigger room for our dinner. However, please believe me, we will have a very good dinner this evening with excellent entertainment program: The traditional Vietnamese music that most of us always miss or for some of you who are not Vietnamese, this is the traditional Vietnamese music that you rarely heard on today radio or television. Thanks so much to all of you for being here and sharing a good evening together.

This morning at the conference opening ceremony I have already expressed my appreciation to our guests, speakers, sponsors, and the organizing committee. However, I have not had a chance to express my appreciation to the conference organizers' partners, including my dear lady too. These partners have supported and helped the conference organizers in many months. I very much appreciate it.

Again, I would like to share with you that this conference is organized by VACETS with the collaboration the Vietnamese Engineering Student Association at San Jose State University. The goals of the conference are to create opportunities for technical professionals and students to exchange knowledge, ideas, information, to share achievements and contribution, and the most important is to network to each other, that is, to foster professional friendship and business partnership among conference participants, which is an important factor for the success in today global business and technology competitiveness.

We have some good news here. The first good news is we have gone through a dry day of serious technical presentations. Tomorrow will be a better day for us with many panel discussions, workshops, and presentations with topics in economics, electronic commerce, hi-tech and higher educations, technical career, venture capitalism, etc. Let this evening makes us to know each other more and be ready to enjoy tomorrow discussions and seminars.

The second good news that I would like to share with you is we have here with us the three famous senior Vietnamese Professors, Prof. Nguyen Xuan Vinh from Department of Aerospace Engineering at University of Michigan, Prof. Nguyen Huu Xuong from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, and Prof. Ngo Dinh Thinh from Mechanical Engineering Department at California State Universuty Sacramento. Prof. Vinh, Thinh, and Xuong will be here with us tomorrow for a "Student Group Discussion" session that I really want to encourage students to attend. We all know that Prof. Vinh is an international highly respected professor in Aerospace with more than 100 publications in Mathematics and Astrodynamics together with exceptional service records, especially in the U.S. and France. I have copies of short biographies of Professors Vinh, Xuong, and Thinh at the registration desk for you to pickup.

We also have here with us Dr. Pham Do Chi, a senior scientist from International Monetary Fund. Dr. Pham has flight from Washington D.C. just to be here this evening to share his experience regarding the economic of Vietnam to us. Thank so much for his time and efforts. Finally, I would like to say thanks to Dr. Belle Wei, the Electrical Engineering Department Chair and to Dr. Michael O'Flynn, a senior, sweet, and highly respected professor at San Jose State University, for giving up their Friday night and be here at our dinner banquet to show their supports to our Vietnamese community and their care to Vietnamese Engineering Students at San Jose State University. I hope you all enjoy the banquet and our entertainment program and thank you very much for listening to my speech.

Thank you.

Thuy T. Le