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Ching-Yao Lai, Assistant Professor of Geosciences and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS)

Research Summary:  Lai studies fundamental questions in fluid dynamics, climate science, and geophysics by integrating physical and machine-learned models with both experimental and observational data. Her research addresses challenges facing the world, such as advancing our scientific knowledge of ice dynamics under climate change.  Lai uses mathematical models, experiments, simulations, and machine learning tools to study the complex interactions between fluids and elasticity and their interfacial dynamics, such as multiphase flows, flows in deformable structures, and cracks. In particular, her recent work combines deep-learning and physics-based models to predict the disintegration of ice shelves in a warming climate.

Group: Lai Research Group


Yao Lai, Assistant Professor of Geosciences
Assistant Professor Ching-Yao Lai

Biography: Ching-Yao Lai is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed in Geoscience (GEO) and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS). She is also an Associated Faculty of the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI) and Affiliated Faculty of the Program in Statistics and Machine Learning (SML) at Princeton University. Yao did her undergraduate study (2013) in Physics at National Taiwan University, Ph.D. (2018) in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at Princeton University, and postdoctoral research in earth science at Lamont Earth Observatory at Columbia University. She grew up in Taiwan.

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by The Department of Geosciences
On June 4 (2021) Gerta Keller received the Honoris Causa Degree of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, from the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment. Gerta was honored to receive this Honorary Doctorate Degree for her life-long research contributions to the mass extinction that killed off over 70% of Earth’s life, known as the Dinosaur mass...
Wednesday, Jun 16, 2021
by The Department of Geosciences
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Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021
by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute
Eleven Princeton University graduate students have been named 2021 recipients of the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Awards for Water and the Environment to support their research related to water-related topics in various disciplines.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
by Morgan Kelly, High Meadows Environmental Institute
GEO Seniors Stacey Edmonson and Wesley Wiggins (et al) named certificate recipients from High Meadows Environmental Institute for outstanding thesis research, or for their exceptional engagement with environmental studies were recognized. Congratulations Stacey and Wesley!
Monday, May 24, 2021
by The Department of Geosciences

The department could not let the year go by without a traditional photograph of "class seniors by the globe" with academic coordinator Sheryl Robas. This image was presented by Bess Ward on Friday afternoon during our 2021 Reunion. Congratulations to all once again.