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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.

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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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Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012
Princeton University and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory researchers Jeroen Tromp (Geosciences), Emily Carter, Choong-Seock Chang, and William Tang are among the recipients of the Department of Energy’s 2013 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) multi-year awards totaling 265 million core hours on Oak...
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012
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Monday, Nov 19, 2012
This was Princeton University’s first Graduate School departmental reunion. With the assistance of the Graduate School, a few dedicated graduate alumni organized a week of activities, including a day-long conference that highlighted the Department of Geosciences at Princeton, as well as field trips to both the Appalachians and the Sterling Hill...
Monday, Nov 19, 2012
Princeton University professors Michael Oppenheimer and Ning Lin published a paper in February predicting an increase in the number of major storms striking New York and New Jersey. But even they didn’t expect one to come so soon.
Friday, Nov 9, 2012
Shortly after his graduation from Princeton, Charles Hoadley Dodge (class of 1879) , donated a large number of mineral specimens to his alma mater. Among these were a few spectacular English barite specimens, but the majority were examples of colorful copper ores from the mining operations at Bisbee.