Impact Award, Spring 2020
Eric Trinh’s desire to use engineering to save lives encouraged him to pursue chemical engineering.
Trinh was drawn to ASU by the opportunities and resources provided by a large university. He soon became involved with the Fulton Schools community as a lead peer mentor at Tooker House.
“The most gratifying achievement I accomplished at ASU was as a lead peer mentor at Tooker House,” says Trinh. “Having students ask me for advice on building crazy projects in their own time like 3D printed rockets or smart mirrors, has proven that this program fosters an engineering spirit.”
In addition to taking chemical engineering classes, Trinh picked up skills in designing and building tools, leadership and programming, a skill which Trinh says opened many doors for him.
“Chemical engineers can make a difference in any field,” says Trinh. “I can attribute my programming skills to Professor Phil Miller. Having that drive to learn programming on my own really elevated my engineering experience, and when pursuing full-time opportunities, I felt so much more prepared.”
After graduation, Trinh will be starting a job at W. L. Gore & Associates in Arizona, and hopes to one day be in a leadership position. “I will be a part of their medical division so in essence, my degree will help to save lives,” says Trinh.
“I’ve come to realize that as a leader, the most important and exhilarating part of the job is working with people,” says Trinh. “The idea of empowering people to succeed is what I think will drive me once I transition out from a more technically oriented position. I would like to be a part of the next generation of medical devices that will help provide an even better quality of life.”