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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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Friday, Jun 30, 2017
The Department of Geosciences and Princeton University congratulates Dr. Maria Paula Mateo Fernandez Caso on successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis: "Environmental Changes and Timing of Events During the Cretaceous-Paleogene Transition: Assessing Consequences of Deccan Volcanism and the Chicxulub Impact" on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.
Thursday, Jun 29, 2017
American Geophysical Union (AGU) has announced Geosciences new faculty member Gabriel Vecchi as a recipient of an Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award for 2017. Congratulation to Prof. Vecchi!
Friday, Jun 23, 2017
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Friday, Jun 16, 2017
The list of Geosciences' students whom were honored at the Princeton University's 217th Commencement on June 6, 2017. To see highlights of the entire ceremony visit: https://www.princeton.edu/news/2017/06/08/highlights-graduation-2017
Thursday, Jun 8, 2017
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