ECE PhD student Tuyen (Harry) Tran has been selected to receive the 2018 School of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award.
Harry joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) as a PhD student in September 2014 and completed his PhD degree in April 2018 under the supervision of ECE Professor Dario Pompili, director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory (CPS Lab). He received the B.Eng. (Honors Program) degree in electronics and telecommunications from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam, in 2011 and the M.Sc. degree in ECE from the University of Akron, Ohio, in 2013. In the summers of 2015-2017, he held research internships in the Huawei Technologies R&D Center, Bridgewater, NJ. After graduation, he will start his professional career as a Research Scientist with the Next Generation and Standards Group, Intel Corporation, in Hillsboro, OR in June 2018.
Harry’s research interests lie in the areas of wireless communications, mobile cloud computing, and network optimization. During the course of his PhD program, he has made significant research contributions to the emerging Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) and Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC) paradigms. He designed disruptive innovations for 5G wireless access networks to satisfy service requests from mobile users under resource constraints; and proposed novel collaborative frameworks to make optimized control decisions by taking communications, caching, and computing aspects into account. His series of innovative solutions have resulted in a solid track record of 14 referred scholar publications, including 6 articles in high-impact journals and 8 papers in highly-competitive conferences. Additionally, he currently has 6 submissions under review, including 4 journal articles and 2 conference papers. His publications have received more than 234 citations, with an h-index of 9 and an i10-index of 7 (Google Scholar, April’18).
Harry is also the leading author of a conference paper that won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE/IFIP Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services Conference (WONS) in February 2017. For two consecutive years, in 2015 and 2016, he received the NSF Travel Grant Awards to present his papers at the IEEE Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS) in Dallas, TX and Brasilia, Brazil, respectively. Harry has also been a regular recipient of the Graduate Assistant Professional Development Fund Award from Rutgers University in 2015-2018. In addition, his outstanding performance in teaching and research was recognized by a number of awards from the Rutgers ECE Department, including the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award in 2015, the Best Poster Award in ECE Research Day in Fall’16, and the PhD Research Excellence Award in Fall’16.
Congratulations Harry! Continue to make us proud!