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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 16, 2011
Graduate students, Kyle Samperton, Xuefeng "Nick" Peng, and C. Brenhin Keller give a lab tour of the Princeton Isotope Geochemistry Lab to first year graduate students at orientation.
Thursday, Sep 15, 2011

Final Public Oral Examination for Nicholas L. Swanson-Hysell

“Stratigraphic Records of Paleogeography and Global Change from Two Late Proterozoic Basins”

The examining committee members are
Adam Maloof, Blair Schoene
Gerta Keller and Michael Bender

Thursday, Aug 25, 2011
Curator of natural history at the New Jersey State Museum and Princeton alumnus David Parris ’70 has notified the Department of Geosciences that Dr. Donald Baird, a longtime curator of the Princeton Natural History Museum, has passed away.
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011
Published on the Princeton University Facebook account this morning was Prof. Jeroen Tromp's statement on yesterday's Virginia earthquake. Appearing along side the statement was a Global ShakeMovie documenting the earthquake and an array of comments coming in from all facets of Facebook life.
Wednesday, Aug 24, 2011
EXPLORE THE EARTH OPENHOUSE poster and announcement: A date has been set for the Department of Geosciences fall open house on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., at Guyot Hall, in the Great Hall.