Director of Graduate Studies
School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - 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.
Date Position Institution name 2018 Associate Professor (Level D) University of Adelaide 2014 - 2017 Senior Lecturer (Level C, Tenured) University of Adelaide 2013 - 2016 ARC DECRA Research Fellow (Level C) University of Adelaide 2011 - 2013 Lecturer (Level B) University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2016 Award The Nishino Prize 14th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC14) — — 2013 Fellowship ARC Discovery Early Career Reseracher Award Australian Research Council Australia — 2013 Award Excellence in Peer Review Engineering Structures, Elsevier — — 2009 Award Best Student Paper Award 2nd International Conference on Smart Materials and Nanotechnology in Engineering — — 2008 Award Best Journal Article Award The University of Queensland Australia — 2005 Award Arup Best Student Award Hong Kong Institution of Engineer & Institution of Structural Engineer Hong Kong — 2005 Award The Outstanding Academic Performance Award for Research Degree Students City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong —
Date Institution name Country Title 2012 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education) 2011 University of Queensland Australia PhD 2007 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong M.Phil 2005 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong B.Eng. (1st Class Honours) in Structural Engineering
Research InterestsAcoustics Aerospace Materials Building & Construction Civil Engineering Composite and Hybrid Materials Dynamics, Vibration and Vibration Control Functional Materials Infrastructure Engineering Mechanical Engineering Metals and Alloy Materials Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation Signal Processing Solid Mechanics Structural Engineering
Year Citation 2015 Ng, C. T., & Au, S. K. (2015). Uncertainty in Modal Identification of Structures with Known and Unknown Input Excitations. Poster session presented at the meeting of Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference. Standford, USA.
Year Citation 2010 Ng, C., Hitzmann, M., & Lindenberger, B. (2010). WO/2010/142774, Composite Materials.
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
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 2021 Principal Supervisor Nonlinear Ultrasonic Guided Wave for Next Generation Non-destructive Evaluation and Safety Inspection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Tianyi Wang 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
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
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
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) — —
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