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Human-Centered Engineering

Human-Centered Engineering at Fulbright

Engineering is a distinctive career path at Fulbright University Vietnam, a liberal arts university. By integrating well-designed general education and a rigorous engineering curriculum, the Human-centered Engineering program at this university can be easily distinguished from those at other universities in Vietnam. In their typical jobs, engineers apply creatively the principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to design, build, maintain, improve, and even invent things to address critical human needs. Such designs and improvements include structures, machines, devices, systems, materials, and processes that may have become part of our everyday life. Over the past few decades, industries have developed and undergone a radical technological transformation. The adoption of recent technologies is shifting the frontier between the tasks performed by humans and those performed by machines and algorithms, increasing the demand for new job roles and skillsets. In addition, increasingly complex problems that human beings are facing often require multidisciplinary, human-centered, and transformative approaches. There has been convincing evidence that future great engineers need the liberal arts to develop the required emerging skill sets such as critical thinking and analysis, active life-long learning, complex problem-solving, self-management, working with people, management, and communication of activities.
Traditional engineering education programs in the world and those in other universities in Vietnam, however, focus heavily on specialized STEM-related knowledge and skills. They often play much less attention to students’ development of knowledge, skills and mindset that could only be obtained under the umbrella of liberal arts through arts, humanities, and social sciences courses, new pedagogical approaches, and extra-curricular activities. On the contrary, at Fulbright University Vietnam, the Engineering curriculum has been designed based on a student-centered, multidisciplinary, project-based, future-fit approach. The Engineering major courses are designed and developed to provide students with broad knowledge in a variety of specializations, including Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Control Theory (Robotics) and Entrepreneurship. The sequence of courses on each of these Engineering specializations range from Foundation level (i.e., 100-level) through Intermediate level (i.e., 200-level) to Advanced level (i.e., 300-level). The Advanced-level courses and two-semester Capstone projects provide students with deep knowledge and a chance to apply what they have learned into real-world problems. In addition, students must complete a well-balanced set of courses in mathematics, natural sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences to be awarded a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Although students will be required to take half of the minimum number of credits for graduation in engineering, they will have a certain degree of freedom of choosing elective courses to pursue their interest of study with engineering. After graduation, Engineering students may choose different career options such as starting-up their own companies, working in industry or enrolling into post-graduate programs.

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Welcome to the Human-Centered Engineering Major at Fulbright!

The Human-Centered Engineering program embeds innovative engineering education within Fulbright ’s liberal arts education to empower the next generation of engineers in Vietnam. Specifically, thanks to the required core and exploratory curriculum, our engineering students could explore and challenge themselves out of their comfort zones while gaining broad human-related knowledge and skills that will be helpful for their futures. Moreover, our engineering curriculum has been designed rigorously and flexibly to provide students with strong foundations of multiple engineering disciplines while still having opportunities to go deeply into their concentration of interest. Finally, with the emphasis on design and systems thinking applications, experiential learning, and realistic capstone projects, our engineering program provides graduates with the tools they need to succeed in a rapid-changing world and to impact society and the planet.

Dr. Truong Trung Kien

For more information about the Human-Centered Engineering major, please contact our Major coordinator at kien.truong@fulbright.edu.vn

Academic spotlight

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On a refreshing October morning, Fulbright campus was aglow with the middle-schoolers who came to attend the Zero2Maker Workshop. By learning to design and create their own smart toys, the students discovered the joy of science, thus, taking their first steps to become future leaders. With the guidance of Dr. Rajesh Nair (Former professor at the Asian Business School of MIT-Sloan in Kuala Lumpur) and Dr. Kien Truong (Chair of Engineering at Fulbright) and fellow Fulbright students teaching assistants, the middle-schoolers had a fun time learning design and technology, enjoyed creating, making, and presenting their product development projects. See more
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Dr. Quan Le joined Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) wishing to transfer his expertise in commercial product development from industry environment to young generations, utilizing liberal art engineering scheme of FUV to equip students with multi-dimension knowledge of commercial product development process. Being a pioneer in building and managing the R&D forces of Viettel and Vingroup to develop hi-tech products with domestic manpower, he has lots of experience training fresh graduates into experienced engineers via multiple practical projects, generating products that match with market needs and commerically profitable. Dr. Le believes project-based courses with hands-on experience and practical application of theory into real-case problem solving is essential for training engineers to work in industry environment. Therefore, his class is the mixture of project assignment, theory illustrated by real case issues with simulation, and hands-on work in lab experiments. Dr. Quan Le spent 9 years study and work in Korea in IC design field, then 12 years in Vietnam to develop ICT products and solutions for mass market with Viettel and Vingroup. Before going to Korea, he worked for VNPT in telecom network and satellite communication projects. Dr. Quan Le, Faculty Member in Engineering See more
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Fulbright’s Makerspace is a special space for students to study engineering-related subjects. This place is like a factory full of modern machinery and equipment imported from abroad. In addition to serving as an engineering lab for Undergraduate STEM majors, Makerspace is also the “home base” for the Design and Systems Thinking class – a core course at Fulbright University Vietnam. It is a place to nurture creativity and interdisciplinary skills, fundamental to the designing process of creating a product or solving challenges in daily life. See more
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“My passion with Engineering was germinated and has been nurtured in a Liberal Arts context. Thus, most of my engineering knowledge and skills are sharpened through project-based learning experiences as well as failures. Throwback to my first year of college, I did not intend to take Engineering as my major since I did not think I had sufficient knowledge in STEM. However, as long as there are professors who are always willing to accept the student’s faults, Makerspace’s staff who always encourage every student to try every tool and machine at least once in their college life, and peers who choose to give up their sleep and get through every struggle together, any student at Fulbright can pursue the major of Engineering. Fulbright has proved to me that trying is the best way to know why you should not try – because, why not?” Pham Hoang Lan, Class os 2023 See more
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Degree Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in Human-Centered Engineering is awarded upon the successful completion of:

General education:

  • 5 Core courses (20 credits) and 8 Exploratory courses (32 credits), of which up to two Exploratory courses (8 credits) can be counted towards the major.
  • Experiential Learning (4 – 12 credits), of which at least 1 Scholar Development (4 credits).

Regular Major Requirements:

  • 9 Engineering major courses (36 credits), of which at least 3 courses are at the 300-level or Advanced level (12 credits).
  • 6 Mathematics or Basic Science courses (24 credits), of which at least 3 Mathematics courses (12 credits).
  • 1 Programming course (4 credits).
  • Capstone I OR an additional Engineering course (4 credits).
  • Capstone II OR an additional 300-level Engineering course (4 credits).

Sample Student Journey:

Year 1
  • Core Courses
  • Exploratory Courses
  • Foundation/ Intermediate Engineering*
  • Programming
  • Foundation**
Year 2
  • Core Courses
  • Exploratory Courses
  • Foundation/ Intermediate Engineering*
  • Mathematics**
  • Basic Science**
Year 3
  • Foundation/ Intermediate Engineering
  • Advanced Engineering (300-level)
  • Mathematics
  • Basic Science
  • Scholar Development
  • Elective
Year 4
  • Engineering Advanced (300-level)
  • Mathematics/Basic Science
  • Capstone I OR Foundation/Intermediate/Advanced Engineering
  • Capstone II OR Advanced Engineering
  • Electives

Minor Requirements

The minor in engineering requires students to take six Engineering courses, at least three of which, or equivalently 12 credits, are at 200-level or above.

Requirements for Declaring the Human-Centered Engineering Major and Minor

To formally declare Human-Centered Engineering as your major, you must complete core course Design and Systems Thinking, one Mathematics or Basic Science course, and one Engineering course. To formally declare the Engineering minor, you must complete core course Design and Systems Thinking and one Engineering course.

Graduation with Honors Requirements

  • Students must complete Capstone I and Capstone II
  • The Capstone must be graded Honors

Sample course list

  • Engineering Exploration: Sink or Swim
  • Computer Modeling and Simulations
  • Sensors, Measurement and Analysis
  • Physics of Smart Devices
  • Integrated Engineering Project
  • Intelligent Robot Studio: From Theory to Practice
  • Fundamental of Data Communications
  • Mechanical Design
    Signals, Systems and Control
  • Electronic Devices and Circuits
  • Product Development
  • Computer Organization
  • Computer Vision
  • Real-time Embedded DSP Laboratory
  • Project Management
  • Artificial Intelligent for Robotics
  • Mechanical Systems: Design and Analysis
  • Wireless Communication Systems
  • dropdown dot Programming Course (1 required)

    Programming Course:

    • Computer Science 1 (100-level)
    • Computer Science 2 (200-level)
  • dropdown dot Mathematics OR Basic Science Courses (6 required)

    Mathematics Courses: (at least 3 Math courses required)

    • Calculus
    • Linear Algebra
    • Discrete Mathematics
    • Differential Equations
    • Introduction to Data Analysis
    • Probability

    Basic Science Courses:

    • Environmental Sciences
    • Sustainable Development: Science and Industries
    • Physics for Light-based Technology
    • Matter
    • Organic Chemistry.
    • Materials that Shape Our World
  • dropdown dot Engineering Foundation OR Intermediate Courses (6 required)

    Engineering Foundation Courses (100-level):

    • Engineering Exploration: Sink or Swim
    • Computer Modeling and Simulations
    • Sensors, Measurement and Analysis
    • Physics of Smart Devices

    Engineering Intermediate Courses (200-level):

    • Integrated Engineering Project
    • Intelligent Robot Studio: From Theory to Practice
    • Fundamental of Data Communications
    • Mechanical Design
    • Signals, Systems and Control
    • Electronic Devices and Circuits
    • Product Development
    • Computer Organization
  • dropdown dot Engineering Advanced Courses (3 required)

    Engineering Advanced Courses (300-level):

    • Computer Vision
    • Real-time Embedded DSP Laboratory
    • Project Management
    • Artificial Intelligent for Robotics
    • Mechanical Systems: Design and Analysis
    • Wireless Communication Systems
  • dropdown dot Scholar Development (1 required)
  • dropdown dot Capstone I OR Engineering Course (any level) (1 required)
  • dropdown dot Capstone II OR Engineering Course (300-level) (1 required)

Meet our faculty

Our faculty combines global experience and local insight, driving our commitment to providing you with academic excellence.

Featured faculty

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Dr. Quan Le joined Fulbright University Vietnam (FUV) wishing to transfer his expertise in commercial product development from industry environment to young generations, utilizing liberal art engineering scheme of FUV to equip students with multi-dimension knowledge of commercial product development process. Being a pioneer in building and managing the R&D forces of Viettel and Vingroup to develop hi-tech products with domestic manpower, he has lots of experience training fresh graduates into experienced engineers via multiple practical projects, generating products that match with market needs and commerically profitable. Dr. Le believes project-based courses with hands-on experience and practical application of theory into real-case problem solving is essential for training engineers to work in industry environment. Therefore, his class is the mixture of project assignment, theory illustrated by real case issues with simulation, and hands-on work in lab experiments. Dr. Quan Le spent 9 years study and work in Korea in IC design field, then 12 years in Vietnam to develop ICT products and solutions for mass market with Viettel and Vingroup. Before going to Korea, he worked for VNPT in telecom network and satellite communication projects.
Dr. Quan Le, Faculty Member in Engineering See more

Meet our Fulbrighters

Come and learn how Fulbright has impacted the lives of our current students and graduates.

Featured student

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“I am Nguyen Thanh Long, a Fulbright junior in the Class of 2025, and I have a strong interest in robotics and its practical applications, as well as AI, computer vision, SLAM, and robot systems. My path started out as a graphic designer, but it changed dramatically after I enrolled in Prof. Truong Trung Kien's core course on "Design and Systems Thinking," and especially after the motivational "Intelligent Robot Studio: From Theory to Practice" course by Prof. Phung Manh Duong. These encounters gave me the drive to focus my energy on creating useful robots and AI models. I am fortunate to learn through a variety of projects, such as path recognition for mobile autonomous robots, creating a fun game with computer vision, and creating an AI model for stock price prediction with risk management. I'm currently a technical intern at FabLab Saigon where I'm working on an exciting project involving an automatic tracking system that employs cameras to recognize and evaluate plant growth while utilizing 3D printer mechanics for image capture. Looking ahead, I intend to work on a multi-SLAM service robot system project that can serve as interactive tour guides and transporters to actualization an exciting robot system and encourage the interest of other students in robotics. I have a deep passion for robotics and AI, and I'm eager to contribute to this dynamic field and push innovations that have a positive impact on society.”
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Class of 2025
  • Nguyễn Thành Long
  • Nguyễn Thị Quỳnh Anh
  • Truong Le Quynh Hoa
  • Ngo Quoc Huy
Class of 2024
  • Dương Đặng Nhật Minh
  • Nguyễn Đắc Minh Phú
  • Nguyễn Đức Phú
  • Nguyễn Vũ Thiện Anh
  • Nguyễn Hoàng Ân
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Meet our Alumni

Come and learn how Fulbright has impacted the lives of our current students and graduates.

Featured alumni

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“My passion with Engineering was germinated and has been nurtured in a Liberal Arts context. Thus, most of my engineering knowledge and skills are sharpened through project-based learning experiences as well as failures. Throwback to my first year of college, I did not intend to take Engineering as my major since I did not think I had sufficient knowledge in STEM. However, as long as there are professors who are always willing to accept the student’s faults, Makerspace’s staff who always encourage every student to try every tool and machine at least once in their college life, and peers who choose to give up their sleep and get through every struggle together, any student at Fulbright can pursue the major of Engineering. Fulbright has proved to me that trying is the best way to know why you should not try – because, why not?”
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Class of 2023

Selected Faculty Publications

Truong Trung Kien

G. Q. L. Vu, H. Tran, T. V. Chien, L. N. Thang and K. T. Truong, “Attacker Detection in Massive MIMO Systems Over Spatially Uncorrelated Rician Fading Channels,” in IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 125489- 125498, 2022, DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3225452, date of publication: November 22, 2022 (ISI, Q1- ranked journal).

Nguyen Hop Minh

Khamitov, Furkhat, Nguyen Hop Minh, and Yong Zhao. “Coupled CFD–DEM numerical modelling of perforation damage and sand production in weak sandstone formation.” Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment 28 (2021): 100255.

Le Quan

Quan Le, Ho-Yong Kang, Sang-Gug Lee and Sang-Hoon Chai, “A CMOS burst-mode TIA with step AGC and selective internally created reset for 1.25 Gb/s EPON”, International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) 2007, pp. 23- 24 San Francisco, USA, February 11-15, 2007.

Phung Manh Duong

1. DN Bui, TT Van Nguyen, MD Phung, “Lyapunov-Based Nonlinear Model Predictive Control for Attitude Trajectory Tracking of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”, International Journal of Aeronautical and Space Sciences, Vol. 24, pp. 502–513, 2023. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42405-022-00545-5

Doan Nhat Minh

[1] H. Yoest, J. Buggeln, M. Doan, P. Johnson, S. A Berman, K.A. Mitchell, T.H. Solomon. Barriers Impeding Active Mixing of Swimming Microbes in a Hyperbolic Flow. Frontiers in Physics, 10, 300, 2022. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphy.2022.861616

[2] M.N. Doan and S. Obi. Numerical study of the dynamic stall effect on a pair of cross-flow hydrokinetic turbines and associated torque enhancement due to flow blockage. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 9(8), 829, 2021. https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9080829

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