Simon Ng

Associate dean for research and graduate studies Chemical engineering
Phone: 313-577-3805

Areas of expertise

alternative energy technology



As Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Ng provides vision and leadership for the College of Engineering�s graduate education and research enterprises. These offices provide services and support to graduate students and faculty to enhance the quality of graduation education, maintain and advance the level of scholarly excellence, and expand the extramural funding base in the College.

Ng also serves as a professor in the College's Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department, a Gershenson Distinguished Faculty Fellow, the founding director of WSU's graduate programs in Alternative Energy Technology and Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering, and as the director of the WSU/NextEnergy National Biofuels Energy Laboratory. He is the co-founder of NextCat, a spin-off company from WSU focused on accelerating the commercialization of renewable energy technology. He also served as a visiting scientist with General Motors Research Center and as a visiting professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore.

His research interests include advanced energy storage, alternative fuels, environmental and fuel conversion catalysis, polymers, smart sensors and biomedical devices. Ng has received funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, 21st Century Job Fund, Michigan Life Science Corridor, NextEnergy, American Chemical Society, Engineering Foundation, Ford, GM and Exxon, among others. He has published and presented more than 350 research papers.

Ng has also served as the president of the Michigan Catalysis Society, and received several awards including the Career Development Chair Award and President's Award for Excellence in Teaching from WSU, and a Distinguished Faculty Award from the Michigan Association of Governing Boards of State Universities. He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and is a member of the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Oil Chemists Society, North American Catalysis Society, and American Society for Testing and Materials. Recently, he served as a special advisor to the Michigan Renewable Fuel Commission and is a recipient of 2011 Michigan Green Chemistry Governor�s Award.


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1985

M.S.E., University of Michigan, 1982

B.S.E., University of Michigan, 1981