Jerry Hou

Jerry is a student majored in Computer Science from Duke University. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Rock Bridge High School, Missouri. 

Jerry initially found his interest in robotics from his electronics design class in middle school. Beginning in ninth grade, he participated in FIRST Robotics Competition for four years, serving as software lead, outreach lead, and team captain. He led the team to qualify for FRC World Championships for three consecutive years and to receive the Engineering Inspiration Award, a recognition for the team’s robotics instruction programs to elementary school students in the local community. Jerry has 150+ hours of experience in robotics instruction, and served as programming judge for University of Missouri’s robotics challenge for elementary school students. 

Recognitions:

Led high school team to qualify 3x to World Championships for the first time in 8 years 

Organized 37+ Robotics workshops in the community as part of STEM outreach efforts, recognized by one FIRST Chairman’s Award and two Engineering Inspiration Awards from 2017-2019 

150+ hours of teaching experience to elementary school students.

Invited robotics judge at MU Robotics Challenge 

Currently pursuing a degree in computer science at Duke University
 

Education:

Student at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 
B.S. in Computer Science, Minor in Computational Biology, I&E Certificate


Rock Bridge High School, Columbia, Missouri
Valedictorian
● GPA: 4.0/4.0 | ACT: 35/36 | SAT Math: 800

Research Experience:

Beijing Houpu Education Technologies Ltd.             December 2018 - May 2020
Chief Editor of “TD Computer Science Handbook.”, Computer Science Instructor
● Released 187-page e-book in 2018, received over 4000 downloads on WeChat
● Instructed java programming to over 40 high school students in China via internet


Siegal Lab, University of California - Davis                June 2019 - August 2019
Researcher
● Used computational tools to characterize mutations of the Beta-Glucosidase B enzyme
with Dr. Justin Siegel in part of the UC Davis Young Scholars Program
● First author of a publication on editor-reviewed BioRxiv repository


Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Missouri            June 2018 - May 2020
Researcher
● Studied the interaction between intercalating anti-cancer drugs with targeted DNAs using
nanometer-scaled devices
● Co-authorship on pending paper in Nature Communications

Leadership and Awards:

FIRST Robotics Team 3792, Rock Bridge High School August 2016 - May 2020
Team Captain

● Developed 2D robot motion control algorithms using LabVIEW for autonomous robot
pathing, recognized by Rockwell Automation Innovation in Control Award in 2019
● Grew team size from 19 to 42 active active members with 60+ new applications yearly
● Organized 37+ Robotics workshops in the community as part of STEM outreach efforts


Mu Alpha Theta, Rock Bridge High School May 2018 - May 2020
President
● Hosted annual March Mathness competition for elementary students with 200+ attendees
and 50+ volunteers.


HOSA - Future Health Professionals, Rock Bridge High School August 2017 - May 2020
Service Project Coordinator
● Coordinate the annual service project and managed $3000 club budget

Teaching:

  • Spring 2021