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Meet the 2018 DEC Summer Interns


DEC Events + Programs Intern , Triet Nguyen

Hi everyone! My name is Triet Nguyen, I am the new Events & Programs intern at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) for our Director of Events & Programs, Rachel Chang. A little bit about me is, I’ve just graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a B.S. in Marketing. In my spare time I like to go running in the woods and growing up I always wanted to be a music supervisor for movies so I’ve grown to enjoy all genre of music. I try to attend at least 40 concerts a year so if you see me at concert please come say hi! Two words that would quickly describe who I am are curious and eccentric.

Truth be told, I don’t aim to solve most problems in the world. However, my aspiration in life is to be able to start an organization call Odd Life Org. Our mission will be to raise money by hosting events and an annual music festival in Dallas to be able to fund animal shelters, animal non-profits,  any animal organizations, and providing mental health care for kids in families who are unable to provide them the professional help due to restricted finances. Once I achieve that, I would hope to be able to provide the same financial support nation wide and hopefully world wide one day.

Knowing what my end goal in life is, during my internship I desire to learn how to organize both small and large events and how to build relationships with vendors, sponsors, and the community. If you’ve heard Rachel talk about me, I’m sure she has told you that I’m a man of few words, which is true but that’s because I would rather listen so come say hi and tell me your interests and aspirations!

Redbird Summer Intern , Leul Dadi

My name is Leul S. Dadi, I am a summer intern at the DEC and a second year undergrad at Harvard University studying mathematics. Let me share with you a bit about a mathematical concept known as computational complexity.

Computational complexity is a measure of the amount of resources necessary to solve a problem. By understanding the computational complexity of a problem, we understand the minimum resources required of an algorithm to solve that problem. Now, this concept may seem highly theoretical initially but it truly isn’t. For example, let’s take the problem of finding a word in a dictionary. When tasked with the objective of finding a word in a dictionary there are many strategies you could use to find the word. You could search through the pages one at a time until you find your word. This would be incredibly effective if the word was on the very first page. Antithetically, this algorithm would be incredibly ineffective if the word were on the very last page of the dictionary. Thus, on average this algorithm requires you to check half of the pages of the dictionary for any given word. Now, when you typically search a dictionary for a word you don’t have to check half the pages of the book, this is because there are an infinitude of more inefficient ways to search a dictionary for a word. The most efficient possible algorithm of finding a word in a dictionary is the computational complexity of this problem.

Now, this idea of computational complexity is not only applicable to finding words in a dictionary, you can find the computational complexity of many problems that are amenable to being represented by a computer. Once we have completed this analysis for any given problem, we as entrepreneurs can make a plethora of well informed decisions. Understanding the computational complexity of delivering goods to all of our clients, as UPS might, helps us understand whether or not our current method of delivery is effective. Understanding the computational complexity of completing a set of ride shares, as an Uber driver might, helps us understand whether our driving patterns are effective.

The applicability of computational complexity and many similar concepts in entrepreneurship is something I find exciting in today’s entrepreneurial landscape. The opportunity to combine something I am interested in, mathematics, and something I am passionate about, entrepreneurship, is something I hope to utilize in my work as a mathematician and as an entrepreneur.

DEC Summer Intern 2018, Miller Donham

My name is Miller Donham and I will be going into my senior year at the University of Oklahoma in the fall. As of now, there are a few different career paths that I am interested in with entrepreneurship being one of them. I heard about the possibility of interning at the DEC through a family friend and knew that it would be a great opportunity for me for the summer. I was born and raised in Dallas which is why I was very interested in networking and learning about entrepreneurship in this city as a whole. Of course these are two things that the DEC is superior in.

In addition to this, I believe that the internship will allow me to learn the personal characteristics that it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, which is priceless. Among these traits are confidence, resilience, and being an incredible communicator. These are traits that would set up anyone for a successful future. From interning at the DEC, I do think that I can personally build upon myself with these attributes, which I think is one of the biggest gains from interning here. Of course I do not have the next brilliant idea of getting people to Mars like Elon Musk or know of the next innovative tech concept like Mark Cuban, but it’s the traits that these two individuals possess that I want to educate myself on. What better place is there to hone these characteristics than an environment where these aspects are abundant?