Ho held the Ben-Rich Lockheed Martin Chair before his retirement in June. He joined UCLA Engineering in 1991 to lead the establishment of the micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) field. Ho was the director of two federally funded research centers at UCLA Engineering – the NASA-funded Institute for Cell Mimetic Space Exploration (CMISE) and the National Institutes of Health-funded Center for Cell Control (CCC).
Ho is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an Academician of Academia Sinica. Ho has received an honorary doctorate from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and ten honorary chair professorships, including the Einstein Professorship at the Chinese Academy of Science. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the 3M-Nano Society.
Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting, to be held in February in Boston.