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2005.05.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

AIM Institute Honors UNO Student as Intern of the Year

Omaha – Mark Nguyen, a computer science student in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology at The University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute, has been named College Intern of the Year by the AIM Institute.

Nguyen accepted the honor at the annual Technology Celebration Banquet held recently in conjunction with the Infotec 2005 Technology Exhibition and Conference.

Nguyen, a junior, is an intern with the Gallup Organization in Omaha.  He has been involved in three major projects and many smaller projects.

"We have a number of interns here who have made an impact immediately, and Mark is truly one whose work stands out," said Gallup Chief Information Officer Phillip Ruhlman.  "Mark hit the ground running and became involved in our effort to showcase the Gallup lab's software development capabilities."

Additionally, Nguyen was the leader of a team that won a competition at Gallup.

Nguyen is working with the senior database analysts at Gallup to create a Web site for a client.  He is responsible for gathering the requirements, developing the project plan, and designing and creating the actual site for Gallup's client.

"He has impressed Gallup's senior database analysts with his speed and ability," said Robert Sweeney, president and CEO of the Aim Institute and the presenter of the award.  "Mark is technically sound, can work with a variety of tools, has exceptional programming skills and is comfortable taking on new tasks.  He has made many contributions at Gallup."

Nguyen, who is from Grand Island, is part of One Innovation Place (One IP), a program in the UNO College of Information Science and Technology.  One IP is a student laboratory for advanced software design and development.

The AIM Institute is a membership organization that supports and promotes business development related to information technology.

The not-for-profit corporation is a consortium of local, state and regional businesses, area colleges and universities, secondary school districts, professional and not-for-profit organizations, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and the State of Nebraska.

AIM serves as a catalyst for facilitating the changes and improvements necessary to meet the technology-related needs of Nebraska businesses and their employees.

Nguyen received an engraved recognition award, an engraved pen and a portfolio.

For more information, contact Gerald R. Wagner, director of One IP, at (402) 554-2562 or grwagner@mail.unomaha.edu.

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