Tadd Truscott

College of Engineering

Graduate Mentor of the Year

Dr. Truscott received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2003 and his PhD from MIT in 2009. After working full-time as a research engineer at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, he taught at BYU, and in 2015 came to USU. Dr. Truscott has had a significant impact on many students in his 6 1/2 year tenure. He has advised 28 undergraduate students, five graduate and 13 post-graduates. These efforts have led to numerous Master’s theses, 33 peer-reviewed journal articles, 67 oral conference presentations, and 38 poster/video presentations all with heavy student involvement. He has engaged with schools in the local community to promote science and engineering. In 2012, he founded the SplashLab and initiated the SeaPerch Utah Program (utahrov.org), which provides junior high science teachers with a curriculum to build underwater ROVs. Schools from Nephi to Davis County have participated in this program with thousands of 6th-9th grade students having participated in the competitions. His enthusiasm for fluid dynamics and engineering is infectious. His research has been featured on the Discovery Channel, NPR’s Science Friday, Popular Science, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the BBC, Le Monde and many more popular news/media sources.
Tadd Truscott