Duong PhamDuong Pham is a programmer analyst in Enterprise Information Systems, which is part of Tech Services. He was recommended to be featured in Connections by Doug Baker, systems analyst with EIS. Here’s what Baker had to say!

“I’d love to read an article about Duong Pham, a programmer analyst in EIS (Part of Tech Services). He is an amazing programmer in both speed and quality, but more importantly than that, he is a spark plug and a team builder. He takes part in all of our intramural activities as well as organizing teambuilding activities and generally helping to raise the morale around the office. He is an excellent communicator and a great friend. He is also an international employee from Vietnam and far from family. Not only that but he is training in the MMA style and even creates workout routines (and personally trains) for other employees. Definitely worth an article!”

When did you start working for Columbia College?
February 2011. Two days after I arrived here, we got hit with the big ice storm, which locked me inside for several days.

What excites you most about working here?
The people I get to work with. We have a supportive culture that is hard to find anywhere else.

What were you doing previously?
I was a business programmer at University of Evansville, Indiana.

Where are you from originally?
I am from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It’s exactly halfway around the world, and the time difference is 12 hours.

Who or what influenced you professionally?
My parents taught me the meaning of hard work. My work ethic builds up from there.

Tell us about your family.
My parents run a trucking company, so I got to travel around Vietnam quite a bit when I was younger. I am the oldest of 4 siblings. I have 1 brother who is 22, two sisters who are 17 and 8. My middle sister is studying in Kansas. The rest of my family is still back home. I’d do anything for them.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?
I am active and love playing sports, such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, tennis, etc. I also practice martial arts and meditation to have a strong mind. I like to play video games with friends and draw when I am at home.

Favorite book and/or author?
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

Favorite food?
Asian food.

Favorite type of music?
Pop, music for relaxation and concentration.

Favorite sports team?
Chelsea FC.

Tell us something about yourself not many people know.
I am an amateur kick boxer.