Associate Professor Department of Ocean Science and Engineering
Dr. Chao Hou is currently an Associated Professor at Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech). He received his PhD in 2014 and was awarded as an outstanding PhD graduate of Tsinghua University as well as Beijing City. Ever since his PhD study, Dr. Chao Hou has been pursuing original and innovative research at the forefront of advanced structural and construction engineering. His research agenda has focused on the new challenges facing society in the structural performance, the construction technology and the design methodology for advanced engineering structures suitable for ocean application. Dr. Hou has been fortunate to be able to incorporate much of his research experiences into his teaching. He was the coordinator and lecturer for courses Structural Analysis and Steel-Concrete Composite Structures at the University of Sydney (USyd), and is now teaching a new course Materials for Ocean Engineering at SUSTech. Based on his outstanding teaching performance, Dr. Hou received the Faculty Dean’s Award for Outstanding Teaching (Civil) in 2018 at USYD.
2005.08-2009.07 Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, B.E.
2009.08-2014.07 Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Ph.D
2019.09 – present, Department of Ocean Science & Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Associate Professor
2018.01-2019.08, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney, Lecturer
2015.06-2017.12, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Sydney, Associate Lecturer
• Dean’s School Award for Outstanding Teaching (Civil), Faculty of Engineering & IT, The University of Sydney, 2018.
• Outstanding PhD Graduate of Tsinghua University, Tsinghua University, 2014.
• Outstanding PhD Graduate of Beijing City, Beijing, 2014.
• First Class Award for Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of Tsinghua University, Tsinghua University, 2014.
• National Scholarship of China, 2013.
• Sustainable Composite Structures for Ocean Environment
• Life-Cycle Performance of Engineering Structures
• Advanced Structural Analysis and Construction Technology
Courses: Structural Mechanics; Materials for Ocean Engineering
Main content of Structural Mechanics: basic theories of structural mechanics; analysis of static structures; stiffness method; moment-area method; Euler-Bernoulli beam theory; truss analysis; structural stability of columns. Through the learning of this course, students can enhance the understanding on the composition of fundamental structural system and improve the ability of structural analysis. This course helps students lay a foundation for ocean science and engineering related study in the future, and builds up students' ability to provide rational analysis and design for common engineering structures.
By taking Materials for Ocean Engineering, students will learn the following knowledge and skills: basic constitutive features, mechanical properties and characteristics of traditional building materials such as timber, masonry, concrete, metals and etc.; basic constitutive features, mechanical properties and characteristics of fiber reinforced plastics; discussion of the chemical structure, crystalline structure, microstructure and interface structure for materials; basic characteristics of composite structures composed of different materials; principles and methods of the material selection for ocean engineering structures.