Professor & Department Chair
Department of Electrical Engineering
Engineering Building, E349
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0084 U.S.A.
Tel: (408) 924-5708,
Fax: (408) 924-3925,
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Thuy T. Le received his Ph.D. (1990), M.S. (1987), and B.S. (1985) degrees all from the University of California at Berkeley. Presently he is a Professor & Department Chair of Electrical Engineering Department at San Jose State University.
At San Jose State University, he is responsible for teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in digital system design, computer and microprocessor architecture, computer interfacing, system-on-chip design, numerical methods, probability and random processes, and linear system theory. He also serves as research advisor in the areas of digital system and logic design, ASIC, SOC, hardware accelerators, computational electronics, microcontroller and microprocessor. Professor Le has also been working on several projects with local companies, these projects include high-performance system architectures, parallel algorithms and applications, digital arithmetic algorithms and circuit design, and System-on-Chip verification and validation.
Before joining San Jose State University, Dr. Le was a Senior Research Engineer of the Scientific Computation Division at Savannah River Laboratory. He also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Mathematical and Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina. At Savannah River Laboratory, Dr. Le participated in the design of five new nuclear reactors for Tritium production. In this capacity, he co-authored several computational nuclear reactor physics and radiation shielding codes, which include the three-dimensional vectorized reactor design code (GRIMHX3), the improved collision probability assembly resonance treatment code (MARJORI), the three-dimensional radiation shielding analysis code (ROOMDOSE), and the two-dimensional generalized geometry discrete ordinates code. Dr. Le was also a member of the Quality Assurance team who is responsible for the verification and validation of the computer codes in use at Savannah River Site. These codes include the nuclear fuel cycle and spent fuel analysis codes, reactor safety analysis systems, and the reactor charge design codes.
From 1988 to 1990, Dr. Le was a Physics Instructor at U.C. Berkeley and College of Alameda, and was also a Research Assistant in the Physics Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. While there he participated in a large DOE funded research project in hydrogenated amorphous silicon, which includes the studies of hydrogenated amorphous silicon structure, very low noise preamplifier, radiation effects on semiconductor, memory, and electronic systems, and high-energy electromagnetic shower simulation. During the period of 1986 and 1990, Dr. Le also performed another research project in High-performance Computational Nuclear Reactor Physics in the Nuclear Engineering Department at University of California Berkeley. In this project, he developed a Mathematical Nodal model that can speed-up the solutions of three-dimensional neutron diffusion problems in nuclear reactor cores. He successfully prototyped and benchmarked his work by implementing three-dimensional neutron diffusion with thermal-hydraulic feedback code running on 64KB IBM PC-XT.
During the periods of 1993 to 1996 and from 1989 to 1990, Dr. Le was an independent contractor of Sierra Nuclear Corporation, California. In this capacity, he served as an independent technical reviewer to review and give comments on documents and reports in the areas of nuclear fuel storage calculations, cask design, and criticality analysis for the transportation of nuclear spent fuels. During the period of 1985 to 1988, he worked as a Reactor Operator and Nuclear Health Physicist for the Triga Mark III nuclear research reactor at the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Le has served as keynote speaker, general chair, technical program chair, session chair, reviewer, and committee member of a number of technical international conferences and symposiums. His publications include technical papers, seminars, and reports in broad areas of parallel and distributed computing and algorithms, computer architectures and computer networks, hardware accelerators for complex algorithms, and computational reactor physics.
Professor Le’s current research interests include topics in SoC and Embedded System Design, Hardware Accelerator, Microprocessor and Microcontroller, Quantum Information and Computing, implementation of Probability theory and Monte Carlo simulation, radiation effects to electronic devices and systems.
Professor Le is also a Co-Founder and Advisor of the Vietnamese Strategic Ventures Network (now Strategic Alliance Vietnamese Ventures International) and Chairman of the Board of the United States–Vietnam Foundation.