Wong Ho Chuen Simon

  • Scholarship in 2009 at Stanford University

Simon Wong is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University, USA. 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 was awarded the Croucher Scholarship (2010-2012) from Hong Kong and Shah Graduate Fellowship (2012) from Stanford University. He studied art history and philosophy at the University of Glasgow in 2005-2006 as an international exchange student. In his spare time, he enjoys art house movies and long distance running.


Simon's research lies at the intersection of environmental fluid mechanics and nearshore water quality. He studies the movement of pollutants, nutrients, and other types of materials in nearshore waters from an observational and modeling perspective.

His research at The University of Hong Kong contributes to the development of the first beach water quality forecast system in Hong Kong under Project WATERMAN, an innovative environmental knowledge base for managing the coastal resources of Hong Kong.

In a completed work at Stanford, he provided the first direct evidence of the possible connection between an oceanographic process named internal waves and pollutions at Huntington Beach in Orange County, California, USA. His current research effort focuses on the transport of pollutants from coastal streams in the presence of surface waves. 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.