Tuan Bui came to the United States from Vietnam in 1995, with his parents, sister and brother. After studying electronics and networking at Renton Vocational Technical Institute, he learned about Skills from a friend, and he joinied us in 1999. At the time, Skills Technical Services consisted of just a few people working onsite in a hardware testing lab on the Eastside.
As the business unit has grown, Tuan has had new opportunities, and has grown along with it. For the past few years, he’s been working on a major product advancement that moves beyond the traditional user interface to a more natural way of interacting with information and hardware.
“So that’s how I started – working part-time – and now I’m stuck!,” Tuan said with a laugh. His sunny disposition shines through in every interaction. Tuan thrives on the daily challenges presented by electronics and product development. “I am very glad to be working on this team,” he said. “It is very creative; never boring! Every day, there are more things, more things….I am learning every day; I like that!”
Recently, Tuan’s boss was leaving his position as Lab Manager, and he recommended Tuan for the job. Cheryl Roe, Skills’ Director of Programs and Development, was delighted when Tuan was offered the position. “He’s tenacious and talented, plus he knows the Lab inside and out,” she said. “What’s really special about Tuan is that he enjoys his work – and he tries to make sure that everyone around him is enjoying their work, too.”
When he’s not working, Tuan keeps busy with computers, his family, and especially his five-month-old son.
Looking to the future, Tuan is excited about developing more Technical Services work for Skills, meeting the daily challenges of product development, and helping his son grow into a strong man. Thanks, Tuan, for your commitment and contributions to Skills!