Do Tho Truong, PhD

Do Tho Truong, PhD

Director, Mechanical Engineering Program

College of Engineering and Computer Science


Upon graduation from the University of Science and Technology, Dr. Truong worked as a lecturer at the University of Transport and Communications. He completed his master’s degree in France and Spain and received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University, United States. Truong also worked for a NASA funded project “Empirical Optimization of Additive Manufacturing” at the Additive Manufacturing Center, University of Louisville. In this project, machine learning used for defect detection was based on in-situ monitoring signals from multiple types of sensors mounted on the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) system. He also worked on other projects funded by the US Air Force Research Lab, and the National Institutes of Health.

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My current research interests include structural optimization, materials, and advanced application development for additive manufacturing (3D printing). I am fully engaged in addressing the process reliability, finished part quality, cost, and productivity challenges that inhibit AM implementation in industry.


  1. WC, Tran H., Do, T., ”Mitigating early fracture of amorphous metallic thin films on flexible substrates by tuning substrate roughness and buffer layer properties”. Thin Solid Films, 137493, 2019
  2. Huang X., Do, T. et al. “A Binder Jet Printed, Stainless Steel Preconcentrator as an In-Line Injector of Volatile Organic Compounds”, Sensors, 19(12), 2748, 2019.
  3. Do, T., Shin, C., D. and Kwon, P., “A New Process Development Toward Full-Density Stainless Steel Parts with Binder Jetting Printing”, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Vol. 121, pp. 50-60, 2017
  4. Lin, T., Do*, T., Kwon, P. and Lillehoj, P., “3D printed metal molds for hot embossing plastic microfluidic devices”, Lab on a Chip, 2017, 17, 241-247.
  5. Do*, T. et al., Fully-Enclosed Ceramic Micro-burners Using Fugitive Phase and Powder-based Processing. Scientific Report. 6, 31336; DOI: 10.1038/srep31336, 2016
  6. Do*, T. and Kwon, P., Improving Structural Integrity with Boron-Based Additives for 3D printed 420 Stainless Steel, Procedia Manufacturing, Vol. 1, pp. 263-272, 2015
  7. Do*, T., Shin, C., Yeom, J. and Kwon, P., Fabrication of Powder-based Ceramic Micro-burners, Procedia Manufacturing, Vol. 5, pp. 455–465, 2016


I am interested in inspiring young students to deeply understand the knowledge that they will need as professionals and to think critically in new ways. My first teaching philosophy is not putting much stress on students but inspiring them to study and understand the materials. My second teaching philosophy, which is specifically for engineering courses, can be illustrated by some words from an anonymous source: “Everyone knows how a machine works, but an engineer knows how it doesn’t work.” My third teaching philosophy is that everything should be explained in the simplest way possible.


  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, USA, 2018
  • MSc, Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, 2010
  • MSc, Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon, France, 2009
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam, 2005