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Dr. Thomas D. Tran

Thomas D. Tran
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Talwar College of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 3478


Office: Zollner Engineering Center, Z052

My Office Hours

MWF: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

TR: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

F: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Classes I Teach

  • EM 3500: Fluid Mechanics
  • EM 3550: Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • ME 3110: Theory of Machines
  • ME 3200: Thermodynamics
  • ME 3405: Finite Element Analysis
  • ME 4210: Thermal Science Investigations
  • ME 4260: Heat Transfer
  • ME 4270: Heat Transfer Lab
  • ME 4960: ME Senior Design I
  • ME 4961: ME Senior Design II
  • EGR 4950: Engineering Internship

My Academic Advising Roles

Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Mechatronics and Robotics Engineering

Educational Background

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cal Poly Pomona

Professional Experience

Energy Consultant, Intermountain Industrial Assessment Center
Research Assistant, University of Utah
Teaching Assistant, University of Utah


Z. Ghaemi, T.D. Tran, A.D. Smith, “Comparing Classical and Metaheuristic Methods to Optimize Multi-objective Operation Planning of District Energy Systems Considering Uncertainties, Applied Energy, vol. 321, 2022.

Z. Ghaemi, T.D. Tran, A.D. Smith, “Sizing Optimization of District Energy Systems Considering Meteorological, Demand, and Electricity Emission Factor Uncertainties,” ASME, vol. 85635, 2021.

T.D. Tran and A.D. Smith, “Stochastic Optimization for Integration of Renewable Energy Technologies in District Energy Systems for Cost-effective Use,” Energies, vol. 12, 2019.

T. D. Tran and A. D. Smith, “Thermo-economic Analysis of Residential Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems with Integrated Energy Storage and Their Impacts toward Electrical Distribution Networks,” Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, vol. 29, pp. 92-105, 2018.

T. D. Tran and A. D. Smith, “Incorporating Performance-based Global Sensitivity and Uncertainty Analysis into LCOE Calculations for Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies,” Applied Energy, vol. 216, pp. 157-171, 2018.

T. D. Tran and A. D. Smith, “Evaluation of renewable energy technologies and their potential for technical integration and cost-effective use within the U.S. energy sector,” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 80, pp. 1372-1388, 2017.

T. D. Tran, K. Park, and A. D. Smith, “System Scaling Approach and Thermoeconomic Analysis of a Pressure Retarded Osmosis System for Power Production with Hypersaline Draw Solution: A Great Salt Lake Case Study,” Energy, vol. 126, pp. 97-111, 2017.

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