Ngai Yin Yip
Ngai Yin Yip joined Columbia University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering.
He received his Ph.D., M.S., and M.Ph. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University, and B.Eng. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Minor in Business Administration) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Dr. Yip’s research interest is in advancing technologies and innovations to address challenges at the nexus of water, energy, and the environment. Currently, the research in his group encompasses: (i) novel membrane-based processes for harnessing low-grade heat, (ii) developing more efficient membranes for desalination and wastewater treatment, and (iii) sustainable power generation from salinity gradients.
His dissertation work on novel membrane technologies for the sustainable production of energy and water earned the CH2M Hill/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Henry Prentiss Becton Graduate Prize in 2015. He has authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications and has won the ES&T Best Papers (second runner-up in 2013).
In the Fall semester, Dr. Yip teaches Introduction to Aquatic Chemistry (EAEE E4003) and co-instructs A Better Planet by Design (EAEE E2100), and in the Spring semester he teaches the graduate elective Environmental Physicochemical Processes.