Chau Tran

Teaching Associate Professor

  • 919-515-3025
  • Engineering Building III (EB3) 3308

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

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 a modeling course, I emphasize free-body-diagrams, free-body-diagrams, and more free-body-diagrams. The students analyze real-world problems like bicycles, garage door openers, and roller skates.

In MAE 416, I place a large emphasis on developing student presentation skills, both in-class and to the sponsors.

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

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).
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.
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.
Basic experiments in PID control for engineers
Silverberg, L. (Larry), Tran, Chau. (2005), Boston : Pearson/Custom Publishing.
Numerical analysis of the basketball shot
Silverberg, L., Tran, C., & Adcock, K. (2003), Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, 125(4), 531-540.
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.
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.

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Grants

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)