Alex Ng

Associate Professor Alex Ng

Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research)

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 (吳清泰) is Associate Professor of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering and Associate Dean (HDR) of Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide.

He specialises in fundamental and applied research in structural health monitoring (SHM). His research interests include SHM, guided wave non-destructive evaluation, system identification, engineering reliability and risk analysis and composite materials. He is interested in applying SHM techniques to different engineering areas.

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.

In addition to English, A/Prof. Ng also speaks:
Cantonese (Fluent)
Mandarin (Fluent)

Dr. Ng's involved in a number of professional activities related to his research field. He has also interviewed by a numbner of popular presses and presented radio documentaries

International Competitive Grant Proposal Assessor

  • Australian Research Council (ARC)
  • Research Grants Council (RGC), Hong Kong
  • National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore

Workshop Organisation

  • 4th Annual WOrkshop for Anustralian Network of Structural Health Monitoring, Adelaide, Australia (2012)

Mini-symposium Keynote in International Conference

  • Title: Imaging and Characterizing Damages in Metallic Plates using Lamb Wave, 6th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2015), 14-17 July 2015, Auckland, New Zealand

Mini-symposia/Special Sessions organised in International Conferences

  • Special Session: Vibration-based Non-destructive Testing and Safety Inspection of Structures (2016)
    14th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC-14), Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
  • Mini-symposium: Structural Health Monitoring and Identification of Structures (2015)
    6th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2015), Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mini-symposium: Infrastructure System Identification and Monitoring (2014)
    4th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2014), Tokyo, Japan
  • Mini-symposium: Vibration-based Structural Model Updating and Health Monitoring (2013)
    6th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII6), Hong Kong, China    
  • Mini-symposium: Structural Identification and Health Monitoring for Capacity Assessment of Structures (2013)
    2013 World Congress on Advances in Structural Engineering and Mechanics (ASEM13), Jeju, Korea

Session Chair in International Conferences

  • Session Chair of “Infrastructure System Identification and Monitoring” (2014)
    4th International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering (IALCCE2014), Tokyo, Japan
  • Session Chair of “Vibration-based Structural Model Updating and Health Monitoring    (2013)
    6th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII6), Hong Kong, China
  • Session Chair of “Structural Identification and Health Monitoring for Capacity Assessment of Structures” (2013)
    2013 World Congress on Advances in Structural Engineering and Mechanics (ASEM13), Jeju, Korea
  • Session Chair of “System Identification in Structural Dynamics II” (2013)
    11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability (ICOSSAR2013), New York, USA    
  • Session Chair of “Engineering Education/ Composites (2012)
    7th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics (ACAM7), Adelaide, Australia
  • Session Chair of “Structural Health Monitoring”, “Nonlinear Structures and Structural Dynamics” & “Concrete Technology” (2011)
    12th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (EASEC-12), Hong Kong, China    
  • Session Chair of “Student Session” (2008)
    International Conference on Multi-functional Materials and Structures (MFMS2008), Hong Kong, China

International Conference/Competition Committees Membership

  • Best Student Paper Competition Committee of Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) Conference, ASCE (2015)
  • International Scientific and Technical Committee of 7th Asia Pacific Young Researchers and Graduates Symposium (YRGS2015) (2015)
  • International Scientific Committee of 6th International Conference on Computational Methods (ICCM2015) (2015)
  • International Scientific Committee of 6th Asia-Pacific Young Researchers and Graduates Symposium (YRGS2014) (2014)
  • National Scientific Committee of 8th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics (ACAM8) (2014)
  • Technical Committee of 7th Australasian Congress on Applied Mechanics (ACAM7) (2012)
  • Programme Committee of 12th East Asia-Pacific Conference on Structural Eng. and Construction (EASEC-12) (2011)

Popular press:

  1. Ng CT, “Quantitative Damage Imaging Using Lamb Waves”, ASCE Engineering Mechanics News, Research Group Profile, 2015
        http://www.asce.org/uploadedFiles/Technical_Areas/Engineering_Mechanics/Content_Pieces/EMI_rgp_Ng_August2015.pdf
  2. Ng CT, “Crest of a wave”, Aerospace Testing International Magazine, Showcase 2014 Issue, pp. 16-18.
  3. Engineer Australia Magazine, General Issue, October 2013, Vol. 85, No. 10, pp. 58-60.
  4. Jennifer Foreshew, “New wave of maintenance tool”, The Australian, 3 September 2013.
  5. Jordanna Schriever, “Talking with bridges shows up their flaws”, The Advertiser, 14 August 2013.
  6. , “Meet the engineers who talk to aeroplanes”, August 2013.
  7. , “Novel low-cost technology to monitor structural health of bridges”, August 2013.
  8. , “University of Adelaide technology ‘talks’ to structures”, August 2013.
  9. , “Talking’ to structures to boost public safety”, August 2013.
  10. Margaret Wenham, “UQ students flying high with castor plant creation”, 22 June 2009
  11. Margaret Wenham, “Idea takes flight”, The Courier-Mail, 11 June 2009.
  12. Trent Leggatt, “Inspiration from above”, UQ News Magazine, June 2009.

Radio Documentaries:

  1. 639 ABC North and West SA, Live interview on cost effective stress monitoring techniques for rail tracks using guided waves, Mornings with Sarah Tomlinson, 15 December 2014.
  2. 89.7 FM Eastside Radio, Live interview on structural health monitoring, 1 October 2013.
  3. 101.5 FM Radio Adelaide, Taped interview on structural health monitoring, August 2013.
 
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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Associate Dean (HDR) University of Adelaide
    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
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Cantonese) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2011 - 2012 University of Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education)
    2008 - 2011 University of Queensland Australia PhD
    2005 - 2007 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong M.Phil
    2002 - 2005 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong B.Eng. (1st Class Honours) in Structural Engineering
  • Research Interests

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

University Competitive Research Grants

  • Faculty Research Support Scheme - (1st Chief Investigator) (2016)
    Agency: Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), The University of Adelaide
  • DVC&V (R) Research Equipment and Infrastructure Grant - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2015) 
    Agency: Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), The University of Adelaide
  • DVC&VP (R) Research Equipment and Infrastructure Grant - (Co-Chief Investigator) (2015)
    Agency: Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), The University of Adelaide
  • Faculty Research Support Scheme - (1st Chief Investigator) (2014) 
    Agency: Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), The University of Adelaide
  • Research Equipment and Infrastructure Fund - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2012)
    Agency: Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), The University of Adelaide

General Research Grants

  • Equipment Fund - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2014)
    Agency: Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), The University of Adelaide
  • Establishment Grant - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2013-2015)
    Agency: Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), The University of Adelaide
  • General Research Fund - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2011)
    Agency: School of Civil, Environment & Mining Engineering, The University of Adelaide
  • Start-up Research Fund - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2011-2013)
    Agency: Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), The University of Adelaide

Travel Grants

  • Special Studies Program - (2016)
    Agency: The University of Adelaide
  • Overseas Conference Leave Scheme - (2015)
    Agency: Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), The University of Adelaide
  • Overseas Conference Leave Scheme - (2014)
    Agency: Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), The University of Adelaide
  • Travel Fund - (Sole Chief Investigator) (2013-2015)
    Agency: Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), The University of Adelaide
  • Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant - (2013)
    Agency: The Ian Potter Foundation
 
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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Non-Destructive Evaluation for Detecting and Quantifying Damage Using Ultrasonic Guided Waves and Non-Destructive Testing 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 NDT Testing for Fatigue Damage Identification in Structural Elements Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Juan Carlos Pineda Allen
    2018 Principal Supervisor Confinement of Earthquake-Resistant Normal and High Strength Concrete Columns by Fibre Reinforced Polymer Tubes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Aliakbar Gholampour
    2018 Co-Supervisor Pro Posed Model for FRP-confined Normal Strength and High Strength Concrete for Rectangular and Square Section Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Van Dac Ho
    2018 Principal Supervisor Structural Safety Inspection using Non Linear Guided Wave Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Xianwen Hu
    2018 Principal Supervisor A Combined SHM System for Prediction of the Remaining Life of Steel Railway Bridges 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
    2017 Principal Supervisor Nonlinear guided waved for damage detection Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Carman Yeung
    2015 Principal Supervisor Nonlinear vibro-ultrasonic modulation techniques for damage detection of structures Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yi Yang
    2014 Co-Supervisor Stress free temperature measurement of continuous welded rails using ultrasonic guided waves Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Munawwar Ahmad Mohabuth
    2014 Principal Supervisor Structural Health Monitoring of Composite Materials Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Gnana Teja Pudipeddi
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    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 - 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
    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: Associate Dean (Higher Degree Research)
  • 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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