Chi Hou Lei joined the department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in Fall 2016.
Prior to joining the Saint Louis University, he was a research associate and instructor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington (Seattle) where he earned his doctoral degree. His academic preparation also includes dual bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering from National Taiwan University and a master degree in Mathematics from Michigan State University. He has been working in modeling, simulation and analysis of multi-functional materials across different length scales. Examples of these materials include shape memory alloys, ferroelectrics, piezoelectric materials and lithium ion battery. He is investigating how microstructures dominate the macroscopic physical behaviors and how to design materials that exhibits special properties for various applications. His works have been published in Applied Physics Letter, Acta Materialia, Journal of Physics and Mechanics of Solids and Nature Communications.
He is interested to teach courses on the board areas of solid mechanics, materials, mechanical design and computations, as well as introductory courses in dynamics, system and control. He has also been developing computer tutorials for finite element analysis that parallels theory, analysis, design and optimization. The materials are adopted by the department of Mechanical Engineering and SAE Formula Car team at the University of Washington. His long-term goal is to publish a textbook.