Ted Hou, Ph.D.

Founding Partner

Berkeley Catalyst Fund

Ted Hou, Ph.D.

Ted started his career in the fiber optic communications industry. For over ten years he managed product marketing and product development and later served as the general manager of the passive component business unit for JDS Uniphase. In 2010, Ted joined the solar energy industry and served as VP of Marketing at Hanwha SolarOne and VP of Product Strategy at NRG Residential Solar. During this time, he gained experience in solar panel manufacturing, solar farm project financing, and residential solar financing. Ted grew up in China, is fluent in Mandarin, and received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1989. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1995, under the guidance of Nobel laureate Professor Yuan T. Lee. He was engaged for four years at the IBM Almaden Research Center as a postdoctoral research fellow.