Khanh and his family immigrated to the USA from Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict. His family found their way to Colorado. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, a Denver Public School.
Khanh graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a degree in chemical engineering and 3 minors: McBride Honors Program in Public Affairs, Latin American Specialization and Environmental Science.
He worked for Amoco after graduation. At Amoco, he oversaw 350 gas wells in the San Juan Basin (New Mexico/Colorado). He explored and researched effects of cavitation on high production coal-bed methane. After the BP-Amoco merger, the Denver office was moved to Houston and Khanh chose to stay in Colorado. He subsequently went to work for the family businesses: Oriental grocery and real estate. He helped grow the family business to become the largest Asian grocer in the region. After selling the retail business, Khanh continued to work in real estate.
His passion for helping teenagers and fondness for Mines led him back to accepting the position as the fourth Director of the Multi-cultural Engineering Program (MEP). MEP has come full circle because Khanh was part of MEP’s inception in 1989 as a student and was instrumental in the founding of the Asian Student Association in the early 90’s, which later became PASES (Professional Asian Society of Engineers and Scientists) that eventually joined as a SASE chapter. As the MEP Director, he helped over 1,000 students with their recruitment, retention and professional development.
As a Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE) volunteer, Khanh helped plan the 2011 National Conference. Khanh joined SASE full time as the Executive Director in late 2011. Khanh oversaw the doubling of the collegiate chapters and tripling its membership during his 1st year tenure with SASE. He looks forward to growing SASE to its full potential. Khanh enjoys spending time with his wife, Uyen, and two sons Thien-An “JP” & Thien-Son “Vincent”. His hobbies include volleyball and cooking.