SIMON NG:
 
CHARLES ROTHSTEIN




 
 
 
 
 
Co-founder of NextCat Inc. in Detroit and Interim Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at Wayne State University (WSU). A spin-off company from WSU to accelerate commercialization of renewable energy technology, NextCat received its first round of funding in early 2010 from the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund of the 21st Century Jobs Fund through the Michigan Economic Development Corp. The company signed an option agreement for a biodiesel technology developed at WSU/NextEnergyís National Biofuels Energy Lab. NextCAT also received a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation, matched by a $25,000 grant from Michiganís Emerging Technologies Fund. Ng has served as a visiting scientist with General Motors Research Center and as a visiting professor of chemical and environmental engineering at the National University of Singapore. He is a Gershenson distinguished faculty fellow, the founding director of WSUís graduate programs in alternative energy technology and electric-drive vehicle engineering, and the director of the WSU/NextEnergy National Biofuels Energy Laboratory. With research interests that include alternative fuels, environmental and fuel conversion catalysis, polymers, smart sensors, and biomedical devices, Ng has published and presented more than 250 research papers. He has served as president of the Michigan Catalysis Society and received several awards, including the career development chair award and the presidentís 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 his memberships include the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders and American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Recently, he served as special advisor to the Michigan Renewable Fuel Commission. Ng received his bachelorís, masterís, and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan.


WHERE BORN: “Hong Kong.”

MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS: “My PhD adviser and my former chair because of their work ethic and professionalism.”

LAST BOOK READ:The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama.”

WORDS THAT DESCRIBE ME: “Energetic, creative, passionate, and competitive.”

WHERE MY FIELD/INDUSTRY IS HEADED: “Itís very promising as the United States is implementing renewable fuel standards, and there are increased concerns about global warming. Biodiesel, where my field is, is an answer to alleviate the problem.”

FAVORITE TECHNOLOGICAL GADGET: “iPad.”

FAVORITE PLACE: “Victoria Peak in Hong Kong because itís a spectacular view of the city, especially at night.”

FAVORITE HOBBIES: “Golfing, although Iím not very good.”

FAVORITE FOOD: “Chinese food, especially seafood.”

MY HIDDEN TALENT: “Cooking.”

HOW I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED: “As a decent guy, a good husband and father, and a good professor, of course; someone who enjoyed his work and his life.”


At the annual awards reception in May 2015, one Leader & Innovator from the previous 12 months will be selected as the Leader & Innovator of the Year.