Thanh Tran

Dr. Tran, Professor in the Practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from University of Houston. Before joining Rice, he was an engineering technologist at Dell, a director of R&D at Earlens Corporation, and a director of electronics development at Physical Optics Corporation. He also served as Chief Technical Advisor of Halliburton Company and had held other technical leadership positions with Becton Dickinson Biosciences, Texas Instruments, and Compaq Computer (acquired by HP). In these positions, he led teams to develop medical instruments (flow cytometers and light-based hearing aids), high bitrate telemetry over copper wires and fiber optics, HD video conferencing, HDTV, smart grid, video and audio analytics, x86-based servers, and desktop/portable personal computers.

 

Dr. Tran, a Senior IEEE member, has authored one book and published over 24 technical papers. He is one of the pioneers in PC-Based HDTV, including computer video/audio, and is an expert in high speed system design for low noise and low electromagnetic interference.

Research Areas

High speed system interconnects, video/audio systems, downhole telemetry systems, light-based hearing aids

Education

2001 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, University of Houston

1995 M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Houston

1984 B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Honors & Awards

2019: Holder of 27 granted patents and 12 patents pending

2018: Excellent @ Dell Bronze Award – Designs of high-speed computer interfaces

2014: Halliburton MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award – Designs of downhole telemetry

2013-2008: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ECE Alumni Board of Directors

2010: University of Houston Entrepreneur/Innovation Award – Doctoral research led to patented methods of computer clocking distribution schemes