Cheryl Tran

Director of Undergraduate Advising

  • Phone: (919) 513-7687
  • Office: Engineering Building III (EB3) 3205C

Cheryl’s long-term goal, as an educator, is to teach material in a way students will better understand and retain; as an advisor, to help students find information to make informed decisions; and as a graphic designer, to produce high-quality designs which serve the department’s needs.

In her capacity as an educator, Cheryl teaches Solid Mechanics (MAE 314) and Strength of Mechanical Components (MAE 316). In both courses, Cheryl developed a teaching approach of lectures and supplements to break up material into smaller parts and describe subtle concepts in more detail. ┬áIn MAE 314, Cheryl focuses on methodologies for different types of problems, and in MAE 316 she places a strong emphasis on fundamentals of finite element and matrix methods. Cheryl says her greatest satisfaction arises when she sees her students “get it.” Within MAE she collaborates with Dr. Silverberg and Dr. Tran.

As an undergraduate advisor, Cheryl has an open door policy and commits a great deal of one-on-one time. She also responds to countless emails on a daily basis. During the 4-week pre-registration period, Cheryl conducts approximately 40 30 minute sessions for undergraduates. The sessions guide students through a review of their courses and plan of work, update on current and new student policies, provide general academic information, and address individual questions. Cheryl also makes room assignments (locations, times, and room characteristics) for all courses offered by the MAE department, as well as special events. Cheryl serves on the College of Engineering coordinators of advising committee.

As a graphic designer, Cheryl uses her knowledge of graphic design and desktop publishing software to develop and maintain the MAE web site, commencement programs, holiday cards, slide shows for open house, various fliers and brochures. Cheryl serves on the MAE public relations committee.

Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys exercise, reading, and classical movies.


  • Two Pilot Projects for Scalability in Engineering Instruction: Free-Body Diagrams and Instructor-led Example Problems
Cheryl Tran