Charles C Nguyen

Professor and Dean Emeritus

Electrical Engineering

Catholic University of America (CUA)




Dr. Charles Cuong Nguyen is a researcher, educator, administrator and presidential appointee.  He is currently Professor and Dean Emeritus at the Catholic University of America (CUA). He is the second Dean Emeritus at CUA due to his contributions to the university. He served as Dean for 4 consecutive terms totaling 16 years. Elected Dean in 2001, he has been the first Vietnamese American Dean of a college at a major university in the U.S.  He has also been the first Asian American dean at Catholic University in the history of the university. He was Chairman of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CUA from September 1997-June 2001.  He earned the Diplom Ingenieur in Electrical Engineering at Konstanz University, West Germany where he was also named "Best Graduate of the Class of 1978," in 1978. Later he received his Master of Science in 1980 and Doctor of Science in 1982 both with honor at George Washington University. He was valedictorian of his class when he graduated from high school, Institut de la Providence (Thien Huu), Hue, Vietnam in 1970.  Professor Nguyen has published over 100 technical and scientific papers in the area of control and robotics, co-edited three books and guest-edited 10 special issues in major journals. He also presented numerous research papers, organized and chaired numerous technical sessions at many international conferences. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a senior member of the IEEE. He is a member of the Board of Directors, Asian Division of the U.S. Library of Congress and member of the Board of Directors, Library and Education Assistance for Vietnam (LEAF-VN) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association (VCSA). He received the Asian Heritage Award from The Asian Heritage Society in November 2014 and the Academic Vice President Research Excellence Award in February 1989 from the Catholic University of America. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award from the George Washington University in 2002.   Among many other awards, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from World Automation Congress (WAC) for contribution to robotics and intelligent automation in June 2004 and the Community Service Award from Asia Entertainment for Achievements in Education in August 2004. He received the 2006 Excellence in Community Service Award from the Vietnamese American Medical Research Foundation (VAMRF) in February 2007, the Leadership Award from the International Network of Engineering Education and Research (INEER) in September 2007 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies (DCCEAS), February 2009. In May 2004 he was appointed by President Bush to serve on the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF). As dean of the School of Engineering at CUA, he has established several educational programs such as student exchange programs and 2+2 programs with Southeast Asian countries including Vietnam, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He is the Founder and founding Editor of the International Journal of Intelligent Automation and Soft Computing (AutoSoft).  He currently serves as the chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of AutoSoft.  He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Journal of Intelligent Computing in Medical Informatics and Image Processing, TSI Publisher, and an associate editor of the IEEE  Systems Journal, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, IEEE Publisher.

Area of Interests

His research interests lie in the areas of medical robotics, time-varying control systems, control of large space structures, decentralized control, control of robot manipulators, closed-kinematic chain manipulators, robot vision, intelligent control and neural networks.