Chair Professor of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
CLP Holdings Professor of Sustainability
Associate Vice-President (Research and Development)
Departmental Research Area
Geotechnical Engineering, Infrastructure Development & Planning, Green Building & Sustainable Development
Individual Research Interest
Unsaturated soil mechanics, transient seepage, slope instability, geo-energy, environmental geotechnics, land reclamation, soil-structure interaction problems such as tunnels, deep excavations and piles
Prof Charles W W Ng is the Associate Vice-President for Research and Development and a Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He obtained PhD degree from the University of Bristol in 1993. Prof Ng was elected an Overseas Fellow from Churchill College, Cambridge University, in 2005 and also was elected Changjiang Scholar (Chair Professorship in Geotechnical Engineering) by the Ministry of Education in China in 2010. He is Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE), the American Society of Civil Engineers (FASCE), and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. Currently, he chairs the Awards Committee of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) and is the Editor-in-Chief of the ISSMGE Bulletin and also an Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. He has also served in many other editorial boards of reputable journals.
Prof Ng has published some 270 SCI journal articles and 230 conference papers and delivered more than 50 keynotes and state-of-the-art reports in five continents. He is the main author of two reference books: (i) Soil-structure Engineering of Deep Foundations, Excavations and Tunnels by Thomas Telford and (ii) Advanced Unsaturated Soil Mechanics and Engineering by Taylor & Francis. He has received many awards including the 2017 Telford Premium Prize from the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Henry Adams Award from the Institution of Structural Engineers, 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. Recently, he has delivered the 2017 Huangwenxi Lecture on “Atmosphere-plant-soil-interactions: theories and mechanisms”, which is the most distinguished named lecture in geotechnical engineering in China.