Dr. Binh Tran receives University System of Georgia’s highest faculty honor
Dr. Binh Tran, assistant professor of information technology (IT) in the School of Science and Technology at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC), received a 2019 Felton Jenkins Jr. Hall of Fame Faculty Award at the 15th Annual Regent’s Scholarship Gala, held last Friday.
The University System of Georgia’s highest faculty honor, the award has been earned by seven GGC faculty members since the college opened in 2006.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech, Tran worked in local industry as an IT infrastructure specialist, with experience as a computer hardware engineer, network administrator, designer and test engineering manager.
Tran later earned his master’s degrees in IT and business administration. He obtained his first teaching job while completing his doctorate in business administration in information systems.
At Georgia Gwinnett, Tran teaches courses focused on the hardware and networking aspects of computing. His passion for teaching and computers, and his industry experience inspire his innovative, holistic approach to education.
“My goal is to transform students into professionals ready for work. I teach both the technical and soft skills they need,” Tran said.
Knowing that students need both a bachelor’s degree and certifications to obtain jobs, Tran developed a course that includes preparation for the Microsoft Technology Associate certification exam. So far, his students have achieved an impressive 90-percent pass rate and he is working to develop additional courses tied to networking and cloud computing certifications.
GGC honored Tran last fall with its 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award.
“Dr. Tran is one of our most well-respected and highly regarded faculty members,” said Dr. T.J. Arant, senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost. “The IT industry’s loss was truly our students’ gain.”