Dat-kwong Lock

Education Background

B.S. in Chemistry
University of California, Berkeley

M.S. in Physics
University of Washington, Seattle

Ph.D. in Chemistry
University of Washington, Seattle

All But Thesis in the M.S. program in Computer Science
San Francisco State University, San Francisco


Dat-Kwong received the B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of California in Berkeley at age 18. Then moved to the University of Washington in Seattle, where he received his M.S. degree in Physics and Ph.D. in Chemistry. His research was in the field of Nuclear Chemistry.  After graduation from Seattle, he went back to school to pursue his Master degree in Computer Science at San Francisco State University.  While working on his thesis, he was recruited to work as a senior software developer, and taught Computer Science at Holy Names University in Oakland, California.  As such, he was not able to find time to finish his thesis.  Later, he went to the Philippines to start his own business in the field of computer graphics. After 12 years in the business, he decided to return back to teaching.  Since then, he has taught Astronomy, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and served as planetarium director.

Courses teaching in WKU

preparatory chemistry

chemistry II

chemistry I

calc for bus and eco

physics I

physics II


Academic Experience

Aug. 2015 – June 2016: Assistant Professor in Chemistry  American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Iraq

Mar. 2011 – Aug. 2015: Assistant Professor in Chemistry  University of Ulsan, Ulsan, South Korea

Aug. 2005 – June 2010: Chemistry Faculty  Allan Hancock College. Santa Maria, California, USA

Jan. 2004 – July 2005: Physical Science faculty South Texas College, McAllen, Texas, USA

Aug. 2002 – July 2003: Physics/Chemistry faculty and Planetarium Director Barton County Community College, Great Bend, Kansas, USA

Sept. 1986 – Jan. 1990: Instructor  Holy Names University, Oakland, California, USA

Research Interest

Chemical education