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Dr. Ken HO


  • BSc in Chemical Engineering (High Honors), University of California at Berkeley
  • MSc in Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
  • MSc in Engineering (Client/Server Computing), San Jose University
  • MIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Cert. TESOL, Trinity College London
  • PDip in English Studies (Distinction), The University of Hong Kong
  • MA in Applied Linguistics (Distinction), The University of Hong Kong
  • PhD in Applied Linguistics (Outstanding thesis – Top 5%), The University of Hong Kong

Completing his studies in engineering at Berkeley and Stanford, Ken taught at San Jose University, and worked as an engineer and project manager in engineering companies Applied Materials and Cisco Systems in Silicon Valley in the US.  His professional experience comprised R&D in engineering, project management, and supervision of junior engineers.  At CAES, Ken is currently the coordinator of English-in-the-Discipline (ED) Engineering Programme teaching and coordinating a variety of technical communication courses for various engineering departments at The University of Hong Kong.  He also supervises research and dissertation writing in MA applied linguistics.

Ken’s research interests include engineering epistemology, engineering rhetoric and technical genres.  His PhD study investigates how engineering undergraduates, through their writing, develop disciplinary knowledge and arguments across genres, study levels, and sub-disciplines under various contextual influences.  He has been invited as manuscript reviewer for Journal of English for Academic Purposes and The Asian Journal of Applied Linguistics.

Ken’s view on technical writing/presentation and reflection on research:

Technical writing/presentation is a technical subject.  It demands meticulous analysis, stringent procedure, delicate trade-off, and adventurous experimentation.  Most importantly, like any technical artefact/device, it should serve the end user​ but not the designer.

To theorize is to categorize and to generalize at the same time.  To be able to discern the continuity between the two at the right level of abstraction is agonizingly difficult but feverishly rewarding.

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Teaching and Learning

Professional Affiliations:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Education Society (IEEEES)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Professional Communication Society (IEEEPCS)

Other Major Administrative Roles:

  • Coordinator of English-in-the-Discipline Engineering Programme
  • Board Member of Faculty of Engineering
  • Board Member of Faculty of Arts

Selected Publications / Presentations:

  • Ho, K.L. (Jun 2021). Genre and Precision in Engineering: A case study of undergraduate writing. Paper presented at the 6th International Conference of Asia-Pacific Language for Specific Purposes & Professional Communication. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  • Ho, K.L. (Jan 2021). Recontextualization in Engineering Laboratory Report and Machine Workshop Training Record. Paper presented at the 1st HKCPD Hub International Conference on Innovative Teaching and Research in English Language Education. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.​
  • Ho, K.L. (Jun 2018). Knowledge and Rhetoric in the Written Discourse of Engineering Internship. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Linguistics and Language Studies. Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Grants / Awards / Other Achievements:

  • CAES-funded Research Project: An investigation of students’ perspective on the transferable skills in English-in-the-Discipline (ED) courses for Faculty of Engineering, 2020-2021 (Co-Investigator)
  • Teaching Development Grant: Enhancement of Core University English Course (CUE) through Development of eLearning Moodle Materials, 2014 – 2015 (Co-Investigator)
  • Stanford Fellowship and Research Assistantship Award

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