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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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Sunday, Jul 21, 2019
As the University plans the renovation and expansion of Guyot Hall, which will house the expanding computer science department, members of the Guyot-based geosciences department are preparing for the long-awaited move. Photo Credit: Jon Ort / The Daily Princetonian
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019

The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) has selected six Princeton University graduate students for research awards supporting projects related to climate science, energy solutions, environmental policy and other environmental topics.

Friday, Jun 28, 2019
The team of associate research scholar Hom Nath Gharti, postdoctoral research associate Etienne Bachmann, and graduate students Congyue Cui, Lucas Sawade, and Fan Wu from the Theoretical & Computational Seismology Research Group take part in the first Princeton Graphical Processing Units (GPU) Hackathon.
Tuesday, Jun 25, 2019
The Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) has selected nine graduate students representing six departments and programs as 2019 recipients of the Mary and Randall Hack ’69 Graduate Awards for Water and the Environment, including GEO grads Jack Murphy and Danielle Schlesinger.
Friday, Jun 21, 2019
India is currently suffering one of the longest heatwaves in its recent history. Northern and central parts of the country have seen intense heat for more than 30 consecutive days, with temperatures in New Delhi topping 48C – the highest ever recorded in the capital in June.

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