Title: Electronics Engineer, Information Technology Officer
Company: National Weather Service
Location: Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Toan Tran, Electronics Engineer and Information Technology Officer at the National Weather Service, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in meteorology and information technology.
Mr. Tran held a desire to learn as early as 5 years old, having had the ability to light a bulb with a battery from a young age. This sparked his lifelong fascination with electrical engineering. Attending Florida State College at Jacksonville, he received an Associate of Arts in pre-engineering in 1983, followed by a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering in electronics, summa cum laude, from the University of Florida in 1986. After gaining prominence in his field, he returned to school 20 years later, earning a Master of Science in information technology security, summa cum laude, from Capella University in 2006.
Mr. Tran commenced his career as a quality control technician for Medfusion System, Inc., in Duluth, GA, in 1988, going on to serve Emory University as an instrumentation engineer in the department of physics for the following year. From 1989 to 1995, he was an electronics engineer for the Security Operational Test Site with the Department of Defense at Fort McClellan, AL, which was his first exposure to weather elements. From there, he became a computer engineer for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in Orlando, FL, for the following six years before serving as an information technology officer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the National Weather Service in 2002. Holding this role for the remainder of his career in various cities across the United States, he has since also become an electronics engineer for the National Weather Service in Tallahassee, FL, in 2013. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified UNIX System Administrator, and Certified UNIX System Operator Trainer, and he holds certifications in COMPTIA A+ Computer Repair and Maintenance, DAWIA Level II (systems planning, research, development and engineering), and DAWIA Level II (test and evaluation).
Among the notable highlights of his career, Mr. Tran is most proud of working with a plethora of technologically advanced equipment, such as computers, satellites, radar and ground sensors to collect atmospheric data. Forecasters then use the collected data to predict weather patterns to prepare the public for weather-related impacts, as well as mitigate the loss of lives and property caused by high-impact weather events. Throughout his career, he has garnered multiple accolades and honors, including the ISAAC Clint Award in 2008 and 2012 and the Special Act or Cash Award from 2001 to 2018. He has also received numerous medals from the Department of the Army, including three Exceptional Performance Awards in 1990, 1991 and 1993 and a Special Act Award in 1992. The U.S. Army Test and Experimentation Command gave him a Certificate of Achievement Award in 1995, and he received an Award of Merit for Group Electronic Training Environment Team from the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division in 1998 and 1999.
Married to Mong Huyen Vu Nguyen since 1992, Mr. Tran is the proud father of one child. A native of Saigon, Vietnam, he immigrated to the United States in 1981 to pursue higher education. Looking toward the future, he intends to attain retirement while also teaching others how to use computers. As a testament to his success, he was highlighted in the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, the second and third editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and the 52nd and 53rd editions of Who’s Who in America.
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