1984 BSEE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1995 MSEE, University of Houston
2001 Ph.D. in EE, University of Houston
High speed low power systems, digital video/audio systems
Dr. Thanh Tran is an engineering technologist (director-level technical staff) at Dell where he is leading system concepts architecture development. Before joining Dell, he was a director of R&D at Earlens Corporation and at Physical Optics Corporation where he led teams to develop ultra-low power optical-based hearing aids and avionics-grade electronics. Tran also served as Chief Technical Advisor of Halliburton Company, an oil and gas services company providing oil exploration technologies, including high bitrate telemetry over multi-conductor cables and fiber optics, and acoustics and RF sensing. He has also held technical leadership roles with Becton Dickinson Biosciences, Texas Instruments, and Compaq Computer (acquired by HP). In these roles, he successfully led teams to develop medical instruments, high definition video conferencing, smart grid, video and audio analytics, servers, and personal computers.
Tran, a Senior IEEE member, has authored one book, has published over 23 technical papers, and holds 26 issued patents plus 11 patents pending. He is one of the pioneers in PC-based HDTV and is an expert in high speed system design for low noise and low electromagnetic interference. He is also an adjunct professor at Rice University where he has taught high speed DSP, embedded systems, and video/audio design courses. From 2008 to 2013, he served as a member of the ECE Board of Directors of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Tran is the first recipient of the prestigious Entrepreneur/Innovation Award from the University of Houston for his doctoral research in spread spectrum communication that led to patented technology which was productized by a startup company, X-EMI, in Austin, Texas.