Camp 2006

9th Youth Leadership Development Camp


Location: Prince William Forest Park, Triangle, Virginia, USA
Date: May 26 - 29, 2006
Camp Master: Khánh Loan Nguyễn & Trang Khanh Trần, Washington DC
Number of Camper: 200

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Hau, Thai-Tang, Director of Advanced Product Creation and SVT, Ford Motor Company.

Mr. Hau Thai-TangHau Thai-Tang is currently the Director of Advanced Product Creation and SVT. He formally was the Chief Nameplate Engineer for the Mustang program. He has total operational responsibility for the Mustang business including the current model programs, and the new model programs.

Prior to his current appointment, Thai-Tang served as the Chief Engineer for Vehicle Engineering in Ford's North American Car, Lifestyle Vehicles organization. As Vehicle Engineering Chief, he oversaw the design and development of the Thunderbird, Mustang, and Windstar vehicle lines.

Thai-Tang served as the Vehicle Engineering Manager for the Mustang Vehicle Line from June 1999 to April 2001. He led the development and launch of the 2001 Mustang GT, V6, Cobra, and Bullitt models. In addition, Thai-Tang led the design of the all new, next generation Mustang replacement vehicle.

From March 1997 to June 1999 Thai-Tang served as the Vehicle Dynamics Supervisor and then the Vehicle Engineering Manager for the 2000 Lincoln LS program. Under his leadership, the LS earned Motor Trend Car of the Year award, Autoweek's Ten Best award, a Consumer

 Reports Promising rating, and was named the Best Driving Domestic Sedan by Road and Track magazine.

Thai-Tang's Ford experience also includes an international assignment in Cologne, Germany along with an assignment with Ford Racing as part of Ford's CART program.  Thai-Tang served as a race engineer for the Newman-Haas Racing team during the 1993 season.  He was responsible for the development of Nigel Mansell's and Mario Andretti's race cars.  His efforts contributed to six race victories, eight pole positions, twelve podium finishes, and the overall driver's and manufacturer's championships.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Thai-Tang joined Ford as a Ford College Graduate Trainee in 1988. He received an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with distinction in 1993, and also holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2001, Hau received the Young Leadership and Excellence Award from the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Thai-Tang resides in Northville, Michigan with his wife Jenny and two daughter's Katie and Maddie.

Camp Report

Admin LenDuongCamp,
Mar 27, 2009, 1:34 PM