"Building a Lifelong Legacy of Excellence in Industry and Academia"
Dr. Long Nguyen is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Pragmatics, Inc. He established Pragmatics in 1985 and is a lifelong technology innovator. Prior to founding Pragmatics, Dr. Nguyen had a distinguished academic career teaching computer science at Georgetown University and other universities. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics at North Carolina State University; his master’s degree, also in physics, at the University of Virginia; and his doctorate in computer science at Iowa State University.
An active member of the community, Dr. Nguyen is a past member of George Mason University’s (GMU’s) Board of Visitors and the Board of Trustees of the Academy for Government Accountability. He established relief funds for the earthquakes in Nepal, Philippines typhoon, the Oklahoma tornadoes and storms, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Sandy, the Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and 9/11 victims. He contributed substantially to the Smithsonian Vietnamese American Heritage Endowment. Dr. Nguyen also served as a member of the Transition Committee for Virginia’s Governor-Elect in 2005. He has created endowments at both GMU and Iowa State University in honor of his past academic advisors. In 2007, he established the Lanh and Oanh Nguyen (his parents) Endowed Chair in Software Engineering at Iowa State University. In 2009, Dr. Nguyen made a donation to GMU to underscore his commitment to the University, education and northern Virginia.
His awards include the 2010 Greater Washington Government Contractor Executive of the Year Award, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in Greater Washington in the IT Services category, 2008 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, 2008 Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award, 2007 Corporate Leader from The Center for Multicultural Human Services, 2006 Leadership Award from the International Leadership Foundation, 2005 Federal 100 Awardee, a 2004 Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Diversity Advisory Board of GMU, and a 2004 Citation of Merit from Iowa State University. For many years, he was on the Gold Sea List of 100 Top Asian Entrepreneurs.