PhD '75 Computer Science
Dr. Long Nguyen is founder, chairman and CEO of Pragmatics, Inc., which he established in 1985. He previously had a distinguished academic career teaching computer science at Georgetown and other universities.
An active member of the community, Nguyen is a past member of George Mason University’s board of visitors and the Academy for Government Accountability’s board of trustees. He has established relief funds for numerous disasters, including the earthquakes in Nepal, the Philippines typhoon, tornadoes and storms in Oklahoma, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Hurricane Sandy, the Haiti earthquake and Hurricane Katrina. He has created endowments at George Mason University and Iowa State University to honor past academic advisors. In 2007, he established an endowed chair in software engineering at Iowa State in honor of his parents.
Nguyen has been honored as the 2010 Greater Washington Government Contractor Executive of the Year and the 2010 Greater Washington Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® in the IT services category. He has also received the 2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the 2008 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award, the 2005 Federal 100 Award, and the 2004 Iowa State University College of Business Citation of Merit.
Nguyen and his wife live in McLean, Virginia, and he is a member of the Iowa State University Alumni Association as well as the Order of the Knoll William M. Beardshear Society.
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