Prof Charles NG

Charles Wang Wai
NG
吳宏偉

PhD in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), University of Bristol, UK
Dean of HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School
CLP Holdings Professor of Sustainability
Chair Professor of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Changjiang Scholar 長江學者講座教授 (2010-2013)
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
President of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
Research Area
Geotechnical
Research Interests
1. Unsaturated soils
2. Soil-plant interaction
3. Green slope engineering and debris flows
4. Soil-structure interaction problems such as pile, excavation and tunnel
5. Geo-energy such as methane hydrate
6. Geo-environment such as landfill covers
Profile

PhD , University of Bristol

Biography

Professor Charles W. W. Ng is currently the Dean of HKUST Fok Ying Tung Graduate School, CLP Holdings Professor of Sustainability and Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He is the President of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (2017-2021).

Professor Ng earned his PhD degree from the University of Bristol, UK in 1993. After carrying out a period of post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge between 1993 and 1995, he returned to Hong Kong and joined HKUST as Assistant Professor in 1995 and rose through the ranks to become Chair Professor in 2011. Professor Ng was elected an Overseas Fellow by Churchill College, the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, and a Changjiang Scholar (Chair Professorship in Geotechnical Engineering). He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.

Professor Ng has supervised more than 55 Ph. D and 60 M. Phil students to graduation and has published some 350 SCI journal articles and 250 conference papers and delivered more than 80 keynotes and state-of-the-art reports across six continents. He is the main author of three reference books: (i) A Short Course in Soil-structure Engineering of Deep Foundations, Excavations and Tunnels by Thomas Telford in 2004, and (ii) Advanced Unsaturated Soil Mechanics and Engineering and (iii) Plant-Soil slope Interaction by CRC: Taylor & Francis in 2007 and 2019, respectively.

He has received many awards including the 2018 Hong Kong Institution of Engineers best Geotechnical Paper Award, the 2017 Telford Premium Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Henry Adams Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers (UK), the first Tan Swan Beng Award from the Southeast Asian Geotechnical Society, and the R. M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society three times for his three best papers published in 2007, 2012 & 2016. He was conferred the Mao Yisheng Youth Award by the Chinese Institute of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering for his significant contributions in Geotechnical Engineering over the years. He was one of the recipients of the 2nd Prize of 2015 Scientific Technological Advancement Award by the State of China. Moreover, he won the Teaching Excellent Appreciation Award for the academic year 2018-19 at HKUST.

Research Projects

Green, Energy and Geo-environmental Engineering Projects

  • Theme-based Project: Understanding debris flow mechanisms and mitigating risks for a sustainable Hong Kong (Theme-based/RGC)
  • Performance of unsaturated earthen embankments subject to climate change: centrifuge and numerical modelling (GRF)
  • Dissociation-induced deformation and instability of methane hydrate-bearing soils with various micro-structures (GRF/RGC)
  • PCC 能量樁熱、力學工程特性及樁 - 土荷載傳遞機理研究 (A Fundamental Investigation of PCC Energy Pile and Load Transfer Mechanism) (NSFC)
  • Performance of floating energy piled foundations in clay subjected to thermal cycles: three-dimensional centrifuge and numerical modelling (GRF/RGC)
  • Hydro-mechanical behaviour of fine-grained soil contaminated by liquid hydrocarbon
  • 填埋場植物 - 建築垃圾相互作用機理及生態覆蓋系統研發 (Vegetation-construction waste interaction and development of sustainable landfill cover) (NSFC)
  • Hydro-mechanical behaviour of fine-grained soil contaminated by liquid hydrocarbon (GRF/RGC)
  • Cyclic soil-root mechanical interaction for urban greening (GRF/RGC)


Material Behaviour and Fundamental Mechanisms

Cyclic thermo-mechanical behaviour of clay and sand with reference to energy piles (GRF/RGC)

Fundamental investigation of wetting-induced failure mechanisms of loess slopes (GRF/RGC)

Fundamental investigation of wetting-induced failure mechanisms of loess slopes (GRF/RGC)

Anisotropic stiffness of unsaturated soil under cyclic thermo-hydro-mechanical loads with principal stress rotations (GRF/RGC)

Centrifuge modelling of the influence of four types of fault movements on ground deformations

 

Soil-Structure Interaction Problems

Interaction among multiple circular and non-circular tunnels: three-dimensional centrifuge and numerical modelling (GRF/RGC)

Three-dimensional centrifuge modelling of multi-propped excavation on adjacent pile group and piled-raft foundation (GRF/RGC)

Experimental investigation of dynamics of granular flows obstructed by baffles using flume (GEO)

Centrifuge modelling for debris impact on flexible barrier (GEO)

Three-dimensional centrifuge modelling of tunnelling effects on pile groups in soft ground (GRF/RGC)

Three-dimensional centrifuge modelling of the effects of basement excavation on existing tunnels (GRF/RGC)
 

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