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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Student Showcased in Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the State Capitol

April 14, 2017

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi sent one of its best and brightest students, Vuong “Vincent” Nguyen, to Austin on March 28, to represent the University during Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, showcasing the experiences of undergraduate students engaged in research and how that research can positively impact Texas.

“I’m grateful for this exceptional opportunity to present my research in the Capitol,” said Nguyen. “I met new people, saw all the top poster presentations from other universities, learned about the Capitol’s history and, best of all, I had a chance to talk and have lunch with my university’s Interim President, Dr. Kelly Quintanilla, who also attended my poster presentation.”

During the event, Nguyen displayed his project titled, “Characterizing a Supercontinuum Laser as a Light Source Using a Hyperspectral Imaging System,” which used a hyperspectral imaging system to investigate the 2D spatial and 1D spectral profiles to the supercontinuum laser. The hyperspectral camera that Nguyen used for his research can take RGB, or red, green and blue, images as well as the full spectral file of the subject.

“The camera provides a non-destructive way to analyze the content or quality of various objects,” said Nguyen. His faculty advisor and mentor is Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu, Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Engineering at A&M-Corpus Christi.   

Universities from across Texas were invited to the event. It gave attendees the opportunity to tour the Capitol building, meet with legislators and observe legislative sessions in the Senate and House of Representatives.

Coordinated by the Council of Public University Presidents and Chancellors and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Inc., the event included a total of 62 presentations from 51 undergraduate institutions.