Alex Ng

Associate Professor Alex Ng

Director of Graduate Studies

School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Alex Ching-Tai Ng is Associate Professor of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies in Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide.

A/Prof. Ng earned his B.Eng. with First-class honours and M.Phil. from the City University of Hong Kong in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Queensland under a full scholarship. During his study, he received a number of awards, such as Arup Best Student Award, Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Student and Best Student Paper Award by the International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering, and won the Airbus Fly Your Ideas Challenge Competition in 2009.

For his research achievements, he has received two prestigious research awards, Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Research Award (2012) and The Nishino Prize (2016). So far he has obtained research grants with a total amount of AUD$1.3 million. He has worked with industry, e.g. Australian Rail Track Corporation, CRC-ACS and Airbus Limited, and is currently holding an international patent.

A/Prof. Ng makes active professional influence worldwide through technical committees, conference organisation, and journal and competitive grant refereeing. Notably, he is Associate Editor (Asia and Pacific) of Engineering Structures, and International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring (IJSHM). He was also the Guest Editor of two special issues focused on structural health monitoring of civil structures in the IJSHM and Earthquakes and Structural An International Journal.

A/Prof. Ng is a member of Executive Committee of Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring (ANSHM), which is formed by more than 30 universities/government agencies with the aim at promoting structural health monitoring research in Australia and worldwide. He also organised the 4th Annual Workshop of ANSHM in 2012. He is a member of National Committee of Applied Mechanics, Engineer Australia.

I specialise in fundamental and applied research in structural health monitoring (SHM). My research interests include SHM, guided wave nondestructive evaluation, system identification, engineering reliability and risk analysis and composite materials.

I am looking for self-motivated students with an interest in pursuing PhD/MPhil degree in the areas of SHM, non-destructive evaluation, ultrasonics guided wave, vibration testing, modal identification. Students interested in applying these techniques in engineering areas are also welcome. Successful applicants will be awarded a full scholarship to cover the full tuition fee and living allowance.

For applicants from China, the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and The University of Adelaide are jointly offering postgraduate research scholarships to students from People's Republic of China to undertake a postgraduate research degree at the University of Adelaide.

Prospective candidates with strong academic background please contact me through email directly.

Academics/students, who are employed/studied at other universities, are welcome to visit and collaborate with my research group for a period between one and twelve months.

Competitive Research Grants

  • Discovery Project (DP) - (2nd Chief Investigator) (2016-2018)
    Agency: Australian Research Council (ARC)
    Project: Stress Evaluation with Non-linear Guided Waves
  • Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) -(Co-Chief Investigator) (2015)
    Agency: Australian Research Council (ARC)
    Leading Organisation: The University of Adelaide
    Project: Development of a World-class Facility for Three-dimensional Dynamic Testing
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2013-2015)
    Agency: Australian Research Council (ARC)
    Project: In-situ Structural Safety Diagnosis for Composite Materials: Lamb Wave Diffraction Tomography Using Multi-frequency Data
  • Catalyst Research Grant - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2014-2016)
    Agency: Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology Government of South Australia
    Project: Cost Effective Stress Monitoring Techniques for Rail Tracks using Guided Waves
 
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Principal Supervisor Structural health monitoring and model updating using dynamic data for engineering structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Zijie Zeng
    2021 Principal Supervisor Development of Nonlinear Guided Wave Techniques for Damage Detection of Structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hankai Zhu
    2021 Principal Supervisor Development of structural health monitoring technique for civil infrastructure Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yuqiao Cao
    2021 Principal Supervisor Ultrasonic Nondestructive Tesing and Structrual Health Monitoring Involving Guided Waves and Composite Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Chang Jiang
    2021 Principal Supervisor Damage Detection in Pipe-like Structures Using Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Min Gao
    2020 Co-Supervisor Guided Wave-based Health Monitoring of Structures using a Higher-order Finite Element Model Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yuan Feng
    2020 Principal Supervisor Development of guided wave damage detection technique for engineering structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jinhang Wu
    2019 Principal Supervisor Using Linear and Non-Linear Guided Waves for Damage Detection in Reinforced Concrete Structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ahmed Aseem
    2018 Co-Supervisor Stress Monitoring Using Nonlinear Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James Martin Hughes
    2018 Co-Supervisor Early Damage Evaluation with Nonlinear Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr James David Vidler
    2018 Principal Supervisor Guided waves mixing for early damage detection in structural elements Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Juan Carlos Pineda Allen
    2018 Principal Supervisor Damage Detection of Submerged Structures Using Linear and Nonlinear Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xianwen Hu
    2018 Principal Supervisor Damage detection of steel railway bridges using vibration data and machine learning approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Alireza Ghiasi
    2018 Principal Supervisor Nondestructive Testing of Structures Using Nonlinear Guided Wave Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Tingyuan Yin
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Development of Eco-Friendly and High Performance Construction Materials and Technologies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aliakbar Gholampour
    2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Development of Next-Generation Construction Materials with Graphene Additives Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Van Dac Ho
    2017 - 2021 Principal Supervisor Investigation of Linear and Nonlinear Torsional Guided Waves in Tubular Structures for Damage Detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Carman Yeung
    2015 - 2019 Principal Supervisor Damage Detection Using Second Harmonic Generation of Low-Frequency Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yi Yang
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Damage Identification in FRP-Retrofitted Concrete Structures Using Linear and Nonlinear Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Hasan Mohseni
    2014 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Investigation of Lamb Wave Propagation in Pre-stressed Plates with Applications to Structural Health Monitoring Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Munawwar Ahmad Mohabuth
    2014 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Blast Analysis of Normal Concrete, High Strength Concrete and Ultra-High Performance Concrete Members Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Juechun Xu
    2014 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Quantitative Structural Diagnosis of Plate-like Structures using Multi-frequency Lamb Wave Diffraction Tomography Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Gnana Teja Pudipeddi
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor An Analytical Model for Two-layered Composite Beams with Partial Shear Interaction Based on a Higher Order Beam Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Jie Wen
    2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Spectral Finite Element Modelling and Damage Identification of Beam-like Structures Using Linear and Nonlinear Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Shuai He
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Damage Detection of Defects Using Linear and Nonlinear Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Reza Soleimanpour
    2012 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Innovative Multi-level Methodology Incorporating the Techniques of Finite Element Modelling and Multimodal Optimization for Concept Design of Advanced Grid Stiffened Composite Panels against Buckling Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Liang Huang
    2012 - 2016 Co-Supervisor A Method for Compensation of Changing Environmental and Operational Conditions for Structural Health Monitoring Using Guided Waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Pouria Aryan
    2011 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Axial Compressive Behavior of Actively Confined and FRP-Confined Concretes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jian Lim
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member National Committee on Applied Mechanics, Engineers Australia Australia
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Best Student Paper Competition Committee of Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference, ASCE ASCE United States
    2014 - ongoing Member Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI), ASCE Dynamics Committee United States
    2011 - ongoing Board Member Australian Network of Structural Health Monitoring Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2013 - ongoing Member International Association for Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE) United States
    2012 - ongoing Member Global Science and Technology Forum
    2011 - ongoing Member Australian Steel Institute (ASI) Australia
    2010 - ongoing Member ARC-Australian Research Network for Advanced Material (ARNAM) Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Associate Editor Engineering Structures
    2018 - ongoing Board Member International Journal of Lifecycle Performance Engineering
    2017 - ongoing Board Member The Open Civil Engineering Journal
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Frontiers in Built Environment: Structural Materials
    2015 - ongoing Board Member Frontiers in Built Environment: Earthquake Engineering
    2014 - ongoing Editor Special Issue on Structural Health Monitoring of Civil Structures Internaitonal Journal of Structural Health Monitoring
    2014 - ongoing Editor Special Issue on Structural Identification and Monitoring with Dynamic Data Earthquakes and Structures An International Journal
    2014 - ongoing Associate Editor Structural Health Monitoring An International Journal of (SHMIJ)
  • Position: Director of Graduate Studies
  • Phone: 83131237
  • Email: alex.ng@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4359
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Engineering North, floor 2
  • Room: 2 37
  • Org Unit: School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

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