Professor Alfonso NGAN Hing-wan

Professor Ngan is currently Kingboard Professor in Materials Engineering and Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He previously held administrative positions including Senior Advisor in the President’s Office, Acting Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research), Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Dean of Engineering. He obtained his BSc(Eng) degree from HKU in 1989, and PhD from the University of Birmingham in the UK in 1992. After a year of postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford, he joined HKU in 1993, and was promoted through the ranks to Chair Professorship in 2011.


Professor Ngan’s interest includes novel stimuli-responsive materials, material defects and their modelling, and nanomechanics including applications to biological systems. His research-related honours include the Rosenhain Medal from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in the UK, DSc from the University of Birmingham, Croucher Senior Research Fellowship, International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences (FHKEng), and Guanghua Engineering Science and Technology Prize. He is currently Senior Vice President of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences, a Trustee of the Croucher Foundation, and is serving in a number of advisory/management boards in the HKSAR Government.