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.

Education background

2005.08-2009.07 Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, B.E.

2009.08-2014.07 Department of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Ph.D

Working experience

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.

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Research Interests:

• 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.

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Dr. Chao Hou’s research outcome has led to the publication of 35 journal papers in prestigious journals and 14 referred conference papers, 33 of the journal papers are published with the top 15% journals from the subcategory “Civil & Structural Engineering” according to the latest Scimago Journal & Country Rank 2018. The research outcome of Dr. Hou has been widely cited, with an h-index of 10 and 11 in Web of Science and Scopus database, respectively. His research has informed 4 Chinese design standards. He is also the co-inventor of 6 patents. Dr. Chao Hou’s research excellence has been recognized by a number of awards/prizes, including the First Class General Financial Grant from China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, National Scholarship of China, Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation of Tsinghua University, and Promising Academic Youth Award of Department of Civil Engineering, etc. Currently he acts as a reviewer for several top international journals in his research field including Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Thin-Walled Structures, Journal of Structural Engineering ASCE, Engineering Structure and Composite Structures.

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