Dr Thomas Vuong

Senior Lecturer and Research Leader

Staff profile

Dr Thomas Vuong


Senior Lecturer and Research Leader

Teaching area

Mechanical Dynamics, Advanced Fluids Power & Mechanics, Applied Computational Modelling, Strength of Materials, and Manufacturing Processes.


  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Mechanical Engineering
  • PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Industry experience

Dr Vuong joined Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) in July 2015. Before joining MIT Manukau, Dr Vuong worked as a Product Design Engineer at Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd, Collaborative Researcher at Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Ltd. He was responsible for several projects such as “AquaSmart” Washing Machine Development, Front Loaded “Seuss” Washing Machine Development, Developing a Mathematical Model to predict the “Hunting & Beating” phenomenon in the Washing Machine, Improving the Suspension System & Water Balancing System in the Washing Machine, and Noise Reduction in the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices. He was a member of the patent  “ Spiral Clutch System in Washing Machine”.

Dr Vuong also worked as a Research & Teaching Assistant at Institute of Biomedical Technologies (IBTec), AUT University since 2003. He taught Advanced Measuring Systems, Advanced Control Systems, and Solid Mechanics for both under and post-graduate levels.

Dr Vuong specialises in mechanical product design, Advanced Computer Modelling and Simulation.  He is an expert in Noise & Vibration Modelling and Simulation. He is driven to turn ideas into real product outcomes and is always looking for a challenge.

Dr Vuong always tries to bring industrial experiences to the classroom to help students well-equipped before they could join the workforce. He is enthusiastic in research-informed teaching to help students develop critical thinking ability. He also works actively with industrial partners to provide students with practical research projects.

Research and publications

  • T.X. Vuong and A.M. Al-Jumaily, (2016) “An Investigation into the Noise Generation of CPAP Devices: Experimental and Numerical Study”, Applied Acoustics, 144, 281-293
  • T.X.Vuong, (2013) “An Investigation into Acoustics & Vibration Characteristics of CPAP Devices”, PhD Thesis, Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • T.X.Vuong, (2005) “An Investigation into 5-lobe Lung Simulator”, Master Thesis, Auckland University of Technology (AUT).
Refereed conference proceeding/papers
  • T.X. Vuong, W. Li, A.Al-Jumaily, N. Pandey, “An investigation into structural induced noise in an electric motor”, Paper No. IMECE2019-10197, Proceedings of ASME 2019 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, November 11-14, 2019, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
  • T.X.Vuong, A.M. Al-Jumaily and R. Paxton “Numerical Simulation of Flow-induced Noise in CPAP Device Duct Systems”, Paper No. IMECE2014-37597, Proceedings of ASME 2014, International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, Montreal, Canada, November 2014.
  • T.X.Vuong, A.M. Al-Jumaily and R. Paxton “An Investigation into Acoustics and Vibration of CPAP Devices: Numerical Prediction of Centrifugal Fan Acoustics and Vibration”, Paper No. IMECE2013-62845, Proceedings of ASME 2013, International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition, San Diego, USA, November 2013.
  • Vuong, X. T., Al-Jumaily,  A.M, Cheong, S.H, Ro, S.H, “Identification of Airway Characteristics Using the Input Impedance”, Proceedings of the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineering Conference, Busan, Korea,  May 31-June1, 2007.
Research grants/funding
  • MIT research funding ($14,300) (2017)
  • Member of the research grant application for biomedical research activities ($40,000) (2017)
  • MIT research funding ($10,000) (2016)
  • External research fund ($5,000), Fisher & Paykel Appliances Ltd (R&D contract number P1642) (2016)
  • Faculty of Design & Creative Technologies, AUT University ($500) (2014)
  • School of Engineering Doctoral Fee Scholarship, AUT University ($7000 x 3 years) (2012)
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Scholarship (FAP0901) ($75,000) (2010).
Research activities and seminars
  • Supervised student’s project in collaborating with Simpro Handling Equipment Ltd, New Zealand (2018)
  • Visiting scholar at JiaYing University, MeiZhau City, Guang Dong Province, China (2017)
  • Presented at research talk at Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) (2016)
  • Presented at the Annual engineering tutor forum at Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) (2016)
  • Presented at the ASME conference, San Diego, USA (2013).

Memberships and affiliation

  • Honourable Research Fellow at Institute of Biomedical Technologies (IBTec), AUT University (2015 to present)
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) (2013)
  • Member of Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ) (Previously known as Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)) (2005)

Why come to MIT?

Small classes and dynamic. We will equip students with practical knowledge and professional behaviour.