Xuan Hien Nguyen
- Associate Professor
- Dio Lewis Holl Chair for Applied Mathematics
- Coordinator for Actuarial Science
- Director of the Math Circles of Ames program
I am also organizing the Math Circles of Ames. The circles give students an opportunity to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills on more open-ended problems. For more information, please go to the "Projects" tab.
My name is Vietnamese and I usually go by 'Hien'. It is pronounced 'Hain' or 'Hein' (think of saying it with a southern accent and you'll be pretty close!). Traditionally, Vietnamese people say their last name first, middle name then first name: Nguyen Xuan Hien. Filling in all the paperwork here, I had to switch the order around, but could not make myself write my name completely backwards.
What about the 'Xuan' part? There are so many people with the last name 'Nguyen', so I use it to differentiate myself from all of the other 'Hien Nguyen' out there (Hien is a pretty common first name too).