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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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Thursday, Nov 8, 2012
Prof Adam Maloof, Associate Professor of Geosciences, Earth History, to appear on NPR SCIENCE FRIDAY (Nov. 9th)
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012
Winter in Princeton often means periods of icy or snowy weather and every storm brings a unique set of hazardous conditions. As Facilities Departments work diligently to remove snow and ice from roads, parking lots, walkways and building entrances, you still may encounter slippery surfaces while walking around campus.
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has awarded Professor Jeroen Tromp the 2013 Beno Gutenberg Medal. The EGU Awards & Medals program recognizes eminent scientists for their outstanding research contributions to Earth, planetary, and space sciences. Awardees are considered to be remarkable role models that foster the next generation of young...
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012
Record heat waves and wildfires singed states this past summer, awakening Americans to a warming globe. As the earth’s climate continues to change, risk must be predicted further in advance to anticipate increasingly severe weather. Hurricanes are one such concern. Hurricane floods so violent they occur only once a century now could hit low-lying...
Tuesday, Nov 6, 2012
Superstorm Sandy is a sign of more things to come, says climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer. He's been studying climate change for three decades and is a geoscience professor at Princeton University, but superstorm Sandy stunned even him.