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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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Monday, Jan 29, 2018
In the American West, the anticipated water supply from snowpack — the high-elevation reservoir of snow that melts in the spring and summer — determines what, when and where farmers plant, and it helps urban water managers plan for the coming year’s water needs.
Monday, Jan 22, 2018
Professor Frederik Simons will be presenting a lecture titled "Mapping the Earth's Interior with a Fleet of Floating Seismic Robots" at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on January, 30, 2018 starting at 6:30 PM.
Thursday, Jan 18, 2018
by Seth Borenstein, AP
Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Which year is first, second or third doesn't really matter much, said Princeton University climate scientist Gabriel Vecchi. What really matters is the clear warming trend, he said.
Thursday, Jan 11, 2018
by Seth Borenstein, AP
Consider this cold comfort: A quick study of the brutal American cold snap found that the Arctic blast really wasn’t global warming but a freak of nature. “It was very definitely strange, especially now,” said study co-author Prof. Gabriel Vecchi of Princeton University.
Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018
by Roland Pease, BBC Radio
The idea of mobile continents and continental drift was considered revolutionary before the 1960s. In this BBC radio show, science writer and broadcaster Roland Pease, highlights Geosciences' Prof. W. Jason Morgan *64 and mentor Prof. Harry Hess *32 as key players in the evolution of plate tectonics. Pease believes this type of scientific...

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