Brief biography
  • Since January 2012 I have been working as a full-time academic lecturer at Monash University in Australia. Prior to this, I worked as a postdoctoral scholar in computational geomechanics at Department of Civil Engineering, Ritsumeikan University, working with Professor Fukagawa. I've been extending my previous research on the large deformation and failure flows of geomaterials using the smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) method, and also learning about many new continuum/discontinuum numerical techniques. I've also been doing research on lunar mechanics where I used discrete element method (DEM) to investigate the effects of partial gravity conditions on bearing characteristics of lunar soil and rover performance on the lunar surface. I've also been doing research on developments of advanced material, field monitoring system, and multi-phase computational fluid mechanics.
  • I've been collaborating on a number of different research projects with my research partners at Ritsumeikan University, Tohoku University, Hakogata Yoheki Company, and Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HCMUT) of Vietnam.
Doctoral degree
  • I completed my Doctoral Degree in Computational Geomechanics at Ritsumeikan University in March 2007. For my thesis, I worked with Professor Fukagawa in the Geomechanics Laboratory. Our work focused on developing a new numerical approach, namely smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH), for computational model of large deformation and failure flow of geomateirals.
  • For this research, we have been recognized as the first research group who successfully developed SPH for elasto-plastic computation of geomaterials. We also looked at many side projects such as simulation of granular flows using DEM, soil excavation, and lunar mechanics.
Master degree
  • I started my Master's Degree in Civil Engineering at Ritsumeikan University in September 2002 and completed two years afterward. For my thesis, I worked with Professor  Fukagawa in the Geomechanics Laboratory. My work focused on developing a computer code for the discrete element method (DEM), and then applying this code to investigate mechanism of soil excavation under the partial gravity conditions. My DEM code was written in FORTRAN and has been completely extended to three dimension. Parallel computation using OpenMP was also implemented in to the DEM code to speed up the computational time.
Undergraduate degree
  • From 1997-2002, I studied at Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HCMUT) in Vietnam, and completed my undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering. For my thesis, I worked in the airplane design group and focused on the stability control system. I then worked as a lecture assistant at HCMUT for six months before going to Japan for pursuing my higher education.
Background and interests
  • I am originally from Phu Tho Province in the North of Vietnam, where every year a thousands of people come to this place to commemorate the dynasty of Hung Kings, considered the founder fathers of Vietnam. When growing up, I moved to the south of Vietnam with my family and lived in Dong Nai Province. I spent most of my summer there, going on hills, forests, and lakes.
  • Since coming to Japan, I have traveled around a lot of Japan. I climbed up the Fuji Mountain, started at 18:00PM and arrived at around 5:00 AM in the early morning on the next days. I've also been fortunate enough to visit Egypt, China, Taiwan, India, Austria, England, Germany, and most recently Leuven in Belgium.