Chau Tran

Teaching Associate Professor

  • 919-515-3025
  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3276

My main collaborations in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are within the MAE Undergraduate program. I most frequently teach MAE 315 Dynamics of Machines, MAE 415 Mechanical Engineering Design I and MAE 416 Mechanical Engineering Design II.

In MAE 315 the students conduct two special team projects that emphasize real-world problems. One is a 2 degree-of-freedom vibration isolation problem and the other is a suspension system for aircraft landing gear.

In MAE 415, which is the first course in a year-long sequence of capstone senior design, I emphasize presentation and report writing skills. The students create individual feasible designs and through optimization develop a final design for their teams. The students are trained in machining, fabricating and welding.  Team work is most essential in this course.

In MAE 416, which is the final course in a year-long sequence of capstone senior design, the students continue to refine presentation and report writing skills.  The constructed prototypes will be presented to the sponsors on senior days.  Team work is most essential in this course.

Education

Ph.D.

Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University

M.S.

Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University

B.S.

Mechanical Engineering

North Carolina State University

Publications

Gender comparison in consistency in the basketball free throw by an event-driven approach
Silverberg, L. M., Tran, C. M., & Laue, C. (2018), SPORTS ENGINEERING, 21(4), 333–340. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12283-018-0276-z
Optimal Targets for the Bank Shot in Mens Basketball
Silverberg, L. M., Tran, C. M., & Adams, T. M. (2011), Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.2202/1559-0410.1299
Optimal release conditions for the free throw in men's basketball
Tran, C. M., & Silverberg, L. M. (2008), Journal of Sports Sciences, 26(11), 1147–1155. https://doi.org/10.1080/02640410802004948
A sensor placement strategy for the hybrid adaptive feedforward observer
Tran, C. M., & Southward, S. C. (2006), Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 128(2), 449–452. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2196421
Basic experiments in PID control for engineers
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Numerical analysis of the basketball shot
Silverberg, L., Tran, C., & Adcock, K. (2003), Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 125(4), 531–540. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1636193
Stability and convergence of a hybrid adaptive feedforward observer
Tran, C. M., & Southward, S. C. (2003), Journal of Guidance Control and Dynamics, 26(1), 189–192. https://doi.org/10.2514/2.5036
A Virtual Sensing method for tonal ANVC systems
Tran, C. M., & Southward, S. C. (2002), Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 124(1), 35–40. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1435642

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Grants

Zurn, Academic Year 2019-2020, Senior Design Project
Zurn (9/06/19 - 4/10/20)
Capstone Senior Design Project - Small Track-Type Tractor Idler Height Adjustment
Caterpillar, Inc.(9/06/19 - 4/10/20)
Caterpillar, Spring 2019 Senior Design Project
Caterpillar, Inc.(1/07/19 - 5/10/19)
Zurn, Spring 2019 Senior Design Project
Zurn (1/01/19 - 5/15/19)
Design and Delivery of HMT Half Shaft Prototype
US Army - Army Research Office(12/21/11 - 3/20/12)
Development of a clutch mechanism for squirrel cage windturbine
John Ketcham(8/09/08 - 11/15/11)