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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, Sep 30, 2011
Lola Perrin, composer and jazz pianist, event titled THE GEOLOGY OF MUSIC came about when she contemplated the work that Prof. Adam Maloof and the Geosciences Earth History Research Group have been doing on calcified fossils found in South Australia.
Friday, Sep 30, 2011
All undergrad majors and graduate students in the Department of Geosciences are welcome to attend a "Capstone Field Seminar Planning Session" to be held this Wednesday, October 5, at 4:30 PM, in the Guyot Great Hall.
Monday, Sep 26, 2011
In the first of work of its kind, Princeton Geosciences graduate student Sarah Fawcett has forced a partial reversal against the prokaryote-dominated paradigm of the open ocean and, in the process, showed one important way in which the genetic diversity of the plankton relates to functional diversity (that is, not all the phytoplankton are doing...
Friday, Sep 16, 2011
On Tues., Sept. 13, the Department of Geosciences started its academic year by greeting new students with a breakfast in the Great Hall at Guyot. This was followed by educational presentations throughout the day; and then, an inviting outdoor picnic at the grove behind Eno Hall.