Biography

Simon Wong is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University, USA. His research lies at the intersection of environmental fluid mechanics and nearshore water quality. He examined the movement of pollutants and nutrients in nearshore waters by conducting field work and numerical modelling, and evaluated the public health implication to users of coastal waters. His current research effort focuses on the transport of pollutants from coastal streams on a wave-dominant beach. He also collaborates with researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara to investigate the transport of nutrients from a creek to a coastal kelp forest. His previous research at The University of Hong Kong contributes significantly to the development of the first beach water quality forecast system in Hong Kong.

Simon is passionate in leveraging his technical background in a wide range of student activities. With Stanford Consulting and Stanford Students Environmental Consulting, two student groups at Stanford, he worked with Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Amyris Inc on various problems related to energy and environment. He also worked at Bain & Company as a summer intern, where he formulated cost-saving strategies on chemical supplies for a Fortune 100 retailer operating in China.

Simon aspires to delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to the energy and environmental problems in Asia, particularly by bridging the gaps between the technical community, businesses, and policy makers. He obtained his B.Eng. in Civil Engineering in 2007 and M.Phil. in Water and Environmental Engineering in 2009, both from The University of Hong Kong. He studied art history and philosophy at the University of Glasgow as an international exchange student and volunteered in Crossroads Central Asia, a non-profit organization based in Kazakhstan, for a summer. He was awarded the Croucher Scholarship (2010-2012) from Hong Kong and Shah Graduate Fellowship (2012) from Stanford University. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, art house movies and long distance running.