Professor Ng is currently the CLP Holdings Professor of Sustainability and Chair Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He grew up in Hong Kong and went to the UK to earn his MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol in 1987 and 1993, respectively. 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. He served in the capacity of Associate Dean of Engineering from 2007 to 2011. He also served as the Convenor of the Built Environment Panel for the Research Assessment Exercise (2006) of the University Grants Committee.
Professor Ng was elected an Overseas Fellow from Churchill College, Cambridge University, in 2005 and was elected Changjiang Scholar (Chair Professor 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), the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (FHKIE) and the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (FHKEng). He sat on the board of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) between 2010 and 2014. Currently, he chairs the Awards Committee of the ISSMGE and is the Editor-in-Chief of the ISSMGE Bulletin and also an Associate Editor of the Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
Professor Ng has published some 250 SCI journal articles and 220 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. He has received many awards including the Telford Premium Prize and Miller 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.
Professor Ng is the Project Coordinator (PC)/Principal Investigator (PI) of a multi-disciplinary theme-based project and also was PC/PI of another two multi-disciplinary Collaborative Research Fund (CRF) projects. He is also a team leader of a major inter-disciplinary 973-project in the Mainland. Professor Ng has graduated 38 PhD and 42 MPhil students and mentored dozens of postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars.