Engineer by Day, Tinkerer by Night | CS Student & Graduate Teaching Fellow| Researching Human Robot/Computer Interaction 


Colorado School of Mines

M.S + B.S. Computer Science + Robotics and Intelligent Systems 2020

GPA: 3.912 / 4.000

Awards and Achievements: Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher 2018, Daniels Scholar (Full funding).

Harvard Business School Online

CORe Credential of Readiness

An online certificate, 150 hours, pre-MBA program from Harvard Business School that prepares students for fluency in the language of business. The three courses—Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting— were developed by leading Harvard Business School faculty and delivered in an active learning environment based on the HBS signature case-based learning method.


  • Adapting Mixed Reality Robot Communication to Mental Workload (Accepted, camera-ready version in progress)
    Nhan Tran
    Proceedings of the HRI Pioneers Workshop* at the 15th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction | HRI 2020

    *Pioneers is a premiere forum for graduate students in HRI. Each year, the workshop brings together a cohort of the world’s top student researchers and provides the opportunity for students to present and discuss their work with distinguished student peers and senior scholars in the field.



     Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab (MIRROR Lab)June 2018 – Present

Graduate Researcher (Advised by Dr. Tom Williams)Golden, CO

  • Leading the Augmented Reality in Human-Robot Interaction student research team. Mentoring undergrad peers.
  • Researching and building Mixed Reality app that adapts contents on the fly based on human cognitive load.
  • Designed in-subjects and between subjects user research experiments. Analyzed quantitative and qualitative data. Invited twice to AAAI (2019, 2018) conferences to lead educational outreach workshop.

    Computer Science Department, CSMJune 2017 – May 2018

Undergraduate Researcher (Advised by Dr. Tom Williams)Golden, CO

  • Lead author on a research project that controls social robot using VR. Paper accepted to 2018 International Workshop on Virtual, Augmented, & Mixed Reality for Human-Robot Interaction. 
  • Researched and contributed to lab’s distributed Robotic Architecture’s components (referring expression generation, pragmatics, and computer vision) to facilitate natural human-robot interaction
  • Awarded Computer Science Department’s Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher 2018


     FacebookMay 2019 – Aug 2019

Engineering InternSeattle, WA

  • Saved team from capacity overloads by building automation tools that analyze historical data and efficiently control the sampling rates of machine learning experiments related to Facebook’s ads targeting.
  • Facilitated weekly discussions with cross-functional team of research scientists, PM, data, software and production engineers to streamline the capacity planning process.

  NASA-Caltech Jet Propulsion LaboratoryJuly 2018 – Aug 2018

Process Management and Software Engineering InternPasadena, CA

  • Decreased engineer cycle time by 30% for Mars 2020 Sampling & Caching Subsystem’s precision cleaning process by resolving key bottlenecks in the workflow.
  • Reduced lead time by 50% for handling flight hardware products by proposing, designing, and building a full-stack web app to track real-time metrics.
  • Expedited process to meet Mars 2020 deadline by designing data-driven reporting dashboards.
  • Gained product management skills: usability testing, user interviews, writing requirements docs.

   Google’s Nest LabsMay 2017 – Aug 2017

Software Engineering InternPalo Alto, CA

  • Improved robot system for sensor testing by developing Robot Operating System packages. 
  • Reduced man-hours by 90% by implementing automated log processing pipeline. 
  • Drove user stories, coordinated multiple stakeholders and completed feature requests. 
  • Presented weekly progress and data insights to managers and 3 cross-functional teams.

  ConocoPhillipsJun 2016 – Aug 2016

Big Data Software Engineer (Intern)Bartlesville, OK

  • Built data pipelines to process operational logs in Hadoop cluster using Apache Kafka & Storm.
  • 1st place winner in ConocoPhillips Programming Challenge Summer 2016.

    Zayo GroupJun 2015 – Mar 2016

Application Developer InternBoulder, CO

  • Managed web dashboard 2.0 life cycle and developed mobile application with a team of two for company’s case management using Salesforce, Angular & web technologies (e.g. HTML5, CSS3).


    Computer Science Department, CSMAugust 2018 – Present

Course Instructor and Graduate Teaching FellowGolden, CO

  • Teaching and redesigning Intro to Computer Science (Spring 2019, Fall 2018) for 350 students.
  • Demonstrating abstract theories and inspiring in undergraduates a love of Computer Science.


Personalize Toothbrush with Google Assistant


  • Enhance the prevention of oral diseases by developing IoT ring that can be put on toothbrushes to evaluate brushing (using ML Dynamic Time Warping) and provide personalized feedback.

  • Won US Grand prizes and Top 10 / 129 in Google’s Young Makers competition in Beijing.

Sculpt Trace - Teaching Arts in Mixed-Reality @ MIT Media Lab


  • Designed and co-developed an interactive Microsoft HoloLens app that projects a 3D model onto the table for tracing and guides art students through the sculpting process step by step.

  • Presented at MIT Media Lab’s AR/VR Hackathon 2019. Video:

IntelliPill: First Place ($10,000) at LinkedIn Intern Hackathon


  • Reduce elders’ missed doses by building an IoT system that tracks elderly person taking pills.

  • Designed hardware system and UX. Discussed roadmap & business strategy with team of 5.

  • Product won 1st / 45 at 2017 LinkedIn Intern Hackathon.

Wall-E Inspired Robot capable of VR Teleoperation


  • Self-learned Tensorflow and NVIDIA Jetson TX2 to build a robot that understood ASL.

Cocktail Mixer by Human Feelings - Best IoT hack at Harvard University hackathon

  • Set product vision and roadmap for a thoughtful and Amazon Alexa enabled cocktail mixer that can make personalized drinks by recognizing emotions via webcam.

  • Prototype 1.0 awarded Best IoT project at HackHarvard. Currently developing v2.0 with more features like Activity recognition using SVM classifier to detect human abnormal/drunk actions.


President and Robotic Programming Lead | Mines Robotics ClubAug 2014 – Present

  • Led and collaborated with 40 student engineers (Mechanical, Electrical, and Computer Science) in 6 regional & national robotics competitions.
  • Team won first place in NASA Space Grant Robotics Challenge
  • Raised ~$6000 within a semester. Mentor 100+ local kids in hardware, sensors, Arduino code

Managing Editor and Webmaster | Mines High GradeAug 2016 – Aug 2017

  • Oversaw aspects of the publication of Colorado School of Mines’ art and literary journal. The publication is both in print and online at

Others | VolunteerAug 2014 – Present

  • Alpha Phi Omega

  • Out in STEM (O-STEM Social Committee)
  • San Francisco Pride Parade 2017
  • Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue


Bilingual in Vietnamese &
English/ Spanish (Profcient)


  • Facebook’s Best AR/VR at Yale Hackathon 2019
  • First Place 2017 LinkedIn Intern Hackathon
  • Second Place at Xilinx Hackathon 2017
  • Best IoT Hack at HackHarvard 2017
  • University’s Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Google C-MAPP Fellow
  • Best Google Intern Photo Challenge
  • Featured in CBS4′ Colorado Future Leaders in STEM and Humans of Mines
  • Daniels Fund Scholar: full college scholarship
  • Greenhouse Scholarship: awarded for excellent community leadership and involvement
  • Best Robot “Under 1.5 kg” at CO Space Grant Robotics Challenge
  • Won 2nd place for Spring 2016 Interactive and Educational Game at Colorado School of Mines
  • 1st place ConocoPhillips Summer 2016 Programming Challenge
  • ConocoPhillips 2015 IT Student Leader
  • Dean’s List (2015, 2016, 2017)

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