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Chienann Alex Hou

Dr. Chienann Alex Hou

Dr. Hou holds a B.S. (Power Mechanical Engineering) from National TsingHua University in Taiwan and M.S. and Ph.D (Mechanical Engineering) from Ohio State University. Dr. Hou joined the department in fall 2002. Dr. Hou taught Mechanical Engineering for more than ten years at Howard University. He also has five years experience working in the aerospace industry and for the federal government as a computer systems engineer. He holds a Professional Engineer (PE) license in DC and has co-authored more than 20 research articles and served as chair of many professional conferences.

He is the Engineering Program Coordinator responsible for coordinating engineering events and activities. His primary teaching responsibilities cover almost all Engineering Science (ENES) courses. He has served as the Robotics Club advisor since 2003, leading students to national competitions. From 2008 to 2013, Dr. Hou was the Principal Investigator (PI) of NSF S-STEM grant (ACCESS) that provided more than a half million dollars in MC and transfer scholarships.  In fall 2013, he was invited as a visiting honorary professor to teach and conduct research at China University of Science and Technology (CUST) in Taiwan. Dr. Hou is a co-PI of NSF S-STEM grant (ACCESS II) that will provide scholarship and academic supports for engineering and computer science students from 2015 to 2019. He also received Outstanding Faculty Award in Excellence in Service to the College or Community from MC 2016.

Dr. Hou's research interests are in CAD/CAM, robotics, numerical mechanics and engineering education.


Dr. Chienann “Alex” Hou


Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, 1986, Ohio State University
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, 1981, in Welding Engineering, 1983, Ohio State University
B.S. in Power Mechanical Engineering, 1979, National Tsing‑Hua University, Taiwan, ROC


Montgomery College, Rockville, MD  2002-present
Professor and Engineering Program Director in Engineering, Physical and Computer Science Dept.

  • Teaches engineering courses in freshman and sophomore’s levels.
  • Coordinates engineering programs in hiring, scheduling, and evaluations.
  • Establishes/update/maintain articulation programs with four-year institutions.
  • Serves as a member of the review team to the engineering initiative program sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education.
  • Involves in students’ extra-curriculum activities and serves as advisor for Robotic Club.

China University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan   2013-2013
Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering

  • Taught undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • Participate joint researches in manufacturing, CAD/CAM areas.

Computer Technology Associates, Bethesda, MD  1996-2001
Network Administrator at GSA Franconia Site

  • Administered GSA regional network system including Cisco routers, Netware 4.1 file servers.
  • Monitored network/workstation connectivity, internet servers and tape backup system.

Howard University, Washington, DC  1986-1996
Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department

  • Taught undergraduate/graduate courses in design series and basic engineering courses.
  • Conducted funded and non-funded research in CAD/CAM, applied thermo mechanics, numerical analysis and system simulation.
  • Developed mechanical design sequence courses.
  • Served department/school wide committees.
  • Established a Mechanical Design Laboratory in a computer network environment.
  • Directed four MS theses.

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River Station, MD  1994-1996 Summers
ASEE-Navy Summer Senior Research Fellow

  • Developed computer models to study material behaviors of AerMet 100 steel and aluminum alloy under heat treatments.



ENES 100

Introduction to Engineering Design 
3 credits

Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week.

ENES 102

3 credits

Three hours lecture each week.

ENES 104

Introduction to Engineering Professions 
1 credit

One and one-half hours lecture/seminar each week.

ENES 206

MATLAB for Engineers 
1 credit

One hours lecture, one hours laboratory each week.

ENES 220

Mechanics of Materials 
3 credits

Three hours lecture each week.

ENES 221

3 credits

Three hours lecture each week.

ENES 240

Scientific and Engineering Computation 
3 credits

Two hours lecture, two hours laboratory each week.