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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, Jul 11, 2011
Assistant Geosciences Professor Adam Maloof has been awarded an American Geophysics Union James B. Macelwane medal for the year 2011.
Monday, Jul 11, 2011
Graduate School Orientation – For NEW Incoming Graduate Students will be held on Monday, September 12, 2011, 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM in Alexander Hall, Richardson Auditorium.
Monday, Jul 11, 2011
Geosciences alumna, Dr. Susan Brantley, *83, and *87, was announced as the winner of the 2011 Arthur L. Day Medal by the Geological Society of America (GSA) in the July 2011 issue of GSA Today.
Friday, Jul 1, 2011
Fifth year Ph.D candidate, Dalin Shi, was awarded his doctoral on Thursday, June 30, in the Department of Geosciences based on his thesis defense in marine biology.
Monday, Jun 27, 2011
Assistant Professors Frederik Simons and Adam Maloof successfully returned from their trip to Cyprus where they went on a scouting expedition to prepare for their upcoming Freshman Seminar 171. The trip lasted from June 9 through June 15. The seminar’s title "Earth's Environments & Ancient Civilizations” betrays its mission: to find locations...