NguyenThe Nguyen
Assistant Professor
Ph.D.

Email: then@csufresno.edu

Office: Engineering East 160     

Phone: (559) 278-1675                           

Mailing Address: 2320 E. San Ramon Ave., MS/EE 94, Fresno, CA 93740-8030   

Faculty Advisor: Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) student club, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) student section, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) student section, Bulldog Racing student club, and Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE) student section

Spring 2017 Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday: 9-10AM; Wednesday, Thursday: 11AM-12PM; Or by appointment

More Information about Dr. Nguyen:

Academic Experience:

  • Asst Prof, Mech Eng (Fall 12-Present), Lyles College of Engineering, California State University, Fresno
  • Visiting Asst Prof, Mech & Ind Eng (Fall 09-Spring 12), Swenson College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth
  • Teaching Assistant  (Fall 04-Spring 09) The University of Toledo

Education:

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Aug 2009, The University of Toledo
  • MSME, May 2006, The University of Toledo
  • BSME May 2004, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma 

Grants, Honors, and Awards:

Grants:External Sources:
Nguyen, T. (PI) and Singh, B., “Utilization of smart materials in a novel tremor reduction and rehabilitation device,” submitted to NIH Design and Development of Novel Technologies for Healthy Independent Living Program (R21), September 2015, $317,112, declined.

Nguyen, T. (PI), Singh, B. and Thompson, M., “Tremor suppression and rehabilitation for human upper extremities,” submitted to NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program (R15), June 2015, $299,931, declined.

Happawana, G., Elarabi, T., Esfahani, E., Jenkins, M., Kriehn, G., Majji, M., Nguyen, T. (Co-PI), Rai, R. and Singla, P., “Center for Autonomous Systems Engineering Sciences (CASES),” submitted to NASA MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) Program, January 2015, $4,801,915, declined.

Nguyen, T. M. (PI), “Upper limb tremor suppression device using electroactive polymers”, submitted to New California Venture LLC Mini-grant, April 2014, $4,500, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. (PI), “Innoventures – Entrepreneurship Within Reach”, submitted to National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, Course and Program Grants, February 2014, $48,945.00, declined.

Nguyen, T. M. (PI) and Munguia, V. J., “Magnetorheological (MR) fluid brake for prosthetic knee”, submitted to New California Venture LLC Mini-grant, Oct 2013, $4,700, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. (PI), “Shape memory alloy brace for bone strengthen enhancement”, submitted to California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), February 2013, $15,000, declined.

Elahinia, M. H. (PI) and Nguyen, T. M. (Contributor), “Reducing Noise and Vibration of Hydraulic Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles-Phase II Control of a Single-Axis MR Mount”, submitted to University of Toledo University Transportation Center (UT UTC), May 2009, funded.

Elahinia, M. H. (PI) and Nguyen, T. M. (Contributor), “A Wide Bandwidth Vibration Isolator for use in Hybrid and Plug-In Vehicles”, submitted to Michigan Ohio University Transportation Center (MIOH UTC), June 2009, declined.

Elahinia, M. H. (PI), Ciocanel, C. (co-PI) and Nguyen, T. M. (Contributor), “An active magnetorheological mount”, submitted to Honda Initiation Grant, July 2006, declined (top 25 finalists).

Internal Sources:
(undergraduate research proposals funded by Fresno State Undergraduate Studies Office, $1000 each) Nguyen, T. M
. and Renberg, K., “Improving the performance of the prosthetic knee with MR fluid”, April 2016, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Suarez, A.,“Design optimization and commercialization of a biomedical prosthetic knee with Magnetorheological Fluid”, April 2015, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Pattigan, D., “Vibration for pest control,” April 2015, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Bush, C., “Affordable Exoskeleton,” April 2015, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Bowlin, M., “PVDF for energy harvesting and sensing,” April 2015, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Loh, Z. H., “Mechanical stair-climbing wheelchair,” April 2015, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Kapitzke, K., “Design optimization of a SMA wire actuator for a biomedical prosthetic leg,” April 2015, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Hairabedian, D., “Parkinson’s disease tremor control with electroactive polymers – Hardware development”, April 2014, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Vang, J., “Parkinson’s disease tremor control with electroactive polymers – Simulation and control”, April 2014, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Suarez, A.,“Testing and design analysis of biomedical prosthetic knee with magnetorheological fluid”, April 2014, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Munguia, V. J., “Biomedical prosthetic knee with magnetorheological fluid”, April 2013, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Vang, J., “Designing a robot with shape memory alloy (SMA) as actuator and controlling it with Arduino”, April 2013, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Pineda, C., “Magnetorheological fluid for mini Baja shock absorber”, April 2013, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Hairabedian, D., “Active noise reduction through piezoelectric materials”, April 2013, funded.

Nguyen, T. M. and Vang, J., “Designing a robot with shape memory alloy (SMA) as actuator and controlling it with Arduino”, April 2013, funded.

Honors

  • First selected DISCOVERe faculty cohort at Fresno State
  • 2013 Coleman Fellowship
  • MIME Department Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, Spring 2006, the University of Toledo
  • The University of Oklahoma President’s Honor Roll (Spring 2001)
  • College of Engineering Dean’s Honor Rolls (Fall 2000 – Spring 2004), University of Oklahoma
  • Mechanical Engineering Faculty and Staff Scholarship 2002, University of Oklahoma

Invention Disclosures:

  • Nguyen, The Minh “Tremor Reduction Device”, Provisional Patent Application, September 2016.
  • Nguyen, The Minh “Magnetorheological Fluid Valve”, Provisional Patent Application, June 2010.
  • Elahinia, M. and Nguyen, T., “Mixed-mode semiactive magnetorheological mount” to the University of Toledo’s Office of Research Development for review by the Patent Commercialization Committee, Jan. 2009.

Membership & Professional Affiliations:

  • Member of
    • Technical Committee on Modeling Simulation and Control of Adaptive Systems, ASME Aerospace Division
    • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
    • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE)
    • Society of Photo-optics Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
    • International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV)
  • Session organizer for SMASIS 2009, 2014
  • Reviewer for
    • AIP Review of Scientific Instruments
    • Taylor and Francis Journal of Engineering Optimization
    • Journal of Smart Materials and Structures
    • Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
    • Journal of Vibration and Control
    • Journal of Sound and Vibration
    • Journal of Shock and Vibration
    • International Journal of Vehicle Design
    • IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics
    • ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems
    • Conferences: SMASIS, ASEE, SPIE Smart Structures/NDE, OEPT, IMECE, IDETC/CI

Publications:

Refereed Journal Articles:
Nguyen, T. M
. and Elahinia, M. H., "Vibration Isolation for Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles," Journal of Shock and Vibration, 15(2) February 2008, pp. 193-204.

Nguyen, T. M., Ciocanel, C., and Elahinia, M. H.: "A squeeze-flow mode magnetorheological mount: design, modeling, and experimental evaluation". Journal of Vibration and Acoustics, accepted for publication.

Wang, S., Nguyen, T. and Elahinia, M., "Displacement and force control with a mixed-mode MR mount", Journal of Shock and Vibration, in review.

Tabesh, M., Motlagh, A., Nguyen, T., Elahinia, M., "Development of an Innovative Wind Energy Harvesting Device using MFC Bimorphs", Proceedings of the IMechE, Part A, Journal of Power and Energy, in review.

Technical Column Articles:
Jenkins, M. and Nguyen, T., “Standards in the Classroom, Guidance and Opportunity”, ASTM Standardization News, NextGen, November/December 2012.

Conference Proceedings:
Nguyen, T., Bapat, S. and Wang, X., “Modelling of a magnetorheological fluid knee in a prosthetic leg,” Proceedings of the ASME 2016 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2016), Phoenix, Arizona, USA, November 11-17, 2016.

Nguyen, T., Suarez, A. and Bapat, S., “Design and experimental analysis of a biomedical prosthetic knee with magnetorheological fluid,” Proceedings of the ASME 2015 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS), Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, September 21-23, 2015.

Nguyen, T. and Angeles, J., “Vibration study of vertical axis wind turbine”, Proceedings of the 21st International Congress of Sound and Vibration, Beijing, China, July 13-17, 2014.

Zoghi, S., Liguori, E., Zoghi, M., Tehrani, F. and Nguyen,T., “Integrating entrepreneurship opportunities to improve engineering students experiential learning”, Proceedings of 2014 ASEE Zone IV Conference, CSU Long Beach, California, April 24-26, 2014.

Nguyen, T., Munguia, V. and Calderon, J., “Prosthetic leg powered by MR brake and SMA wires”, Proceedings of 2014 SPIE Smart Structures/NDE, San Diego, California, USA, March 9-13, 2014.

Anderson, W., Elahinia, M. and Nguyen, T., “Vibration Mitigation with A Multi-axial Magnetorheological Mount”, Proceedings of 2009 Conference on Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS 2009), September 21-23, 2009, Oxnard, California.

Nguyen, T., Ciocanel, C., and Elahinia M. H., “A Magnetorheological Mount for Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles”, Proceedings of 2009 Conference on Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS 2009), September 21-23, 2009, Oxnard, California.

Nguyen, T., Ciocanel, C., and Elahinia M. H., “Analytical modeling and experimental validation of a magnetorheological mount”, SPIE Proceedings vol. 7288, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009.

Nguyen, T., Ciocanel, C., and Elahinia M. H., “Parameter optimization in designing an MR mount”. Proceedings of 15th International Congress on Sound and Vibration ICSV15, 6-10 July 2008, Daejeon, Korea.

Nguyen, T., Ciocanel, C., and Elahinia M. H., “Performance of an Adaptive Magnetorheological Fluid Mount,” ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress, November 11-15, 2007, Seattle, Washington.

Ciocanel, C., Nguyen, T., Elahinia, M. H. and Naganathan, N. G., “On the Design of a Combined Squeeze-Flow Mode Magnetorheological Fluid Mount,” SPIE Smart Structures and Materials, March 14-22, 2007, San Diego, California.

Nguyen, T., and Elahinia, M. H., “Nonlinear Control of a Magnetorheological (MR) Mount for Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles,” Eleventh Conference on Nonlinear Vibrations, Stability, and Dynamics of Structures, August, 13-17, 2006, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Nguyen, T. M. and Elahinia, M. H. “A 6-DOF vibration isolation system for Hydraulic Hybrid Vehicles,” 2006 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials, March, 6-10, 2006, San Diego, California.

Presentations:
Nguyen, T. M., Sperry, L. M. and Zhang, L., “Wearable device to reduce tremor on human arm,” 30th Annual Symposium on the Etiology, Pathogenesis, and Treatment of Parkinson Disease and Other Movement Disorders, Portland, Oregon, September 17-19, 2016.

Nguyen, T., “Entrepreneurship Infusion in Mechanical Engineering Senior Design courses,” Coleman Fellows Summit 2015, Bloomingdale, Illinois, USA, August 13-15, 2015.

Nguyen, T., Calderon, J. and Munguia, V., “Design and modeling of a prosthetic leg with SMA actuation and MR brake,” ASME 2015 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems (SMASIS), Newport, Rhode Island, USA, September 8-10, 2014

Research Interests:

  • Human motions, biomechanics, assistive device
  • Dynamic system modeling and control, automation, robotics
  • Smart materials and mechanisms, intelligent actuation and sensing
  • Mechanics, kinematics, machine design
  • Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)

University Services:

  • Coordinator of LCOE Innoventures Program (Innovation and Entrepreneurship for students)
  • Former Webmaster of Untenured Faculty Organization at Fresno State
  • Committee member of
    • University Personnel Committee 2016-present
    • LCOE Computer Service Ad-Hoc Committee 2013-2015
    • LCOE International and Global Education Ed-Hoc Committee 2012-2013
    • LCOE Strategic Planning Committee 2013-2015
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Committee 2012-present
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty Search Committee 2012-2016