Thai Lam

My name is Thai Lam, and I’m a senior studying Biological engineering from Sarasota, Florida. I lived with my mom in Sarasota for 14 years after moving to the United States at the age of 7 from Vietnam. My dad passed away in 2006 so my mom and I had to support ourselves. My mother’s highest level of education is a high school degree but she trained with my aunt to become a nail technician. My mom is now the manager of a store.

Going to college created a huge financial obstacle. MFOS gave me a way to afford college, thereby allowing me to reach my goals. I now see myself as a scholar, a leader, and a person with the ability to change lives. By helping one individual, that being me, MFOS is helping our society. I want to acknowledge MFOS for their support. In the future I hope to give back and support MFOS for generations to come.

I am an active member in the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, ASABE, and the Quarter Scale Tractor Team. Aside from club meetings and school work, I spend my time researching water filtration utilizing Biochar and developing a small scale UV microscope case for iPhones. I also work as an engineering tutor as a way to make some income.

I plan to apply to the Dental School at UF after I graduate and open private practices in the U.S. and in undeveloped countries. I was given an opportunity of a lifetime when I was able to come to the U.S. when I was 7. I want to exercise the knowledge and opportunities that were given to me and give it back to the people that didn’t get the same chance.