Thomas D. Tran

Thomas D. Tran

Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Energy Engineering

Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 3478


Office: Zollner Engineering Center, Room Z015

Office Hours:

MWF: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
MTWRF: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Class Information

Fall 2018

EM 3500: Fluid Mechanics

EM 3550: Fluid Mechanics Lab

ME 3110: Theory of Machines

Spring 2019

ME 3200: Thermodynamics

ME 3405: Finite Element Analysis

ME 4260: Heat Transfer

ME 4270: Heat Transfer Lab

ME 4950: ME Internship


College of Engineering

Academic Advisor Roles

Energy Engineering

Academic Degrees

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

Professional Experience

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

Selected Publications/Presentations

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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