Dr. Tho H. Nguyen manages the VP for IT’s flagship ACCORD Advanced Cyberinstrument Program. ACCORD is a consortium of eleven universities across the State of Virginia collaborating to develop a state-of-the-art next generation cyberinfrastructure to support data-intensive research. In addition to his appointment in the VP for IT Office, Tho is concurrently a Senior Scientist in the Department of Computer Science at UVA-Main Campus and an Associate Professor of Computer Science (by courtesy) at the University of Virginia College at Wise. He is a member of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) and the Center for Research on Intelligent Storage and Processing-in-memory (CRISP). Tho's expertise and research interests include advanced cyberinfrastructure, computer system architecture, cyber-physical systems, and smart cities. His work has been funded by NSF, USAID, and multiple private foundations.
Tho also maintains extensive international engagements. He serves as a Subject Matter Expert advising the U.S. Department of State (DOS) on matters related to transboundary data collaborations in the Lower Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). He is the chief architect of MekongWater.org, a region-scale cyberinfrastructure developed by DOS to support collaborations for sustainable development in the Mekong region.
Tho earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) in 2009, where he specialized in controls & robotics. Prior to joining UVA, Tho served as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was appointed to the National Science Foundation, where he worked on the Cyber-Physical Systems Program (2013-2015). He is also a former J. William Fulbright Fellow to Vietnam (2006-2007).