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UW Gains Geotechnical Professor and More with Dr. Kam Ng


November 6, 2012 — Field experience and energy research are just two areas that will be enhanced by the new geotechnical professor at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Kam Ng has brought both his knowledge of geotechnical engineering as well as new geotechnical equipment to the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department. With experience in field engineering, consulting, contracting and instructing, the new assistant professor has plenty of knowledge to pass on.

 

“Many people may not know, in fact, Wyoming is a state with a lot of opportunities. Wyoming is the major energy producer and supplier, and many research opportunities are available in this area,” Ng said, “There are a lot of rooms for improvement and advancements and that’s why I chose Wyoming.”

 

Ng received his doctorate in civil engineering from Iowa State University in 2011 and is now passing his knowledge onto the students of Wyoming. This semester Dr. Ng is teaching Foundation Engineering and is settling in at the University.

 

“My favorite part is interacting with the students. They are able to follow me in an informal setting,” he said, “The students are really friendly here and are able to interact well.”

 

In the short time Dr. Ng has been at the University he has already made an impact in his department. Working with Dr. Shunde Yi of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Ng was able to purchase a GCTS Triaxial Rock Testing System after receiving a grant worth $300K. This new machine will bring a new learning experience to both students and professors.

 

“This equipment will allow students to experience the triaxial testing of rock materials. Normally, students in the civil engineering learn about the triaxial soil testing but not rock,” he said, “Generally, civil engineering designs do not deal with rocks, furthermore, this equipment is expensive. In Wyoming, rock materials are abundant and are commonly used in design and construction.”

 

Dr. Ng hopes to continue making contributions to the university and continue his research in areas like energy and mining in order to diversify his areas of teaching. He hopes that diversity will bring even more funding resources to the University of Wyoming. Dr. Ng can be reached at kng1@uwyo.edu or 307-766-4388.

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