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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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Wednesday, Sep 19, 2012
The Department of Geosciences congratulates Graduate Student Mathis Hain on being awarded the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Honorific Fellowship by the Princeton University Graduate School. Hain and other students will accept their awards at a formal event held on September 28, 2012.
Monday, Sep 17, 2012
Princeton Geophysics Professor Jeroen Tromp is a member of the scientific team for NASA’s proposed InSight mission to Mars set to launch in 2016.
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012
The 2011-2012 Arnold Guyot Graduate Student Teaching Prizes announced. The prizes were instituted to recognize graduate student contributions to the teaching mission of the department. Criteria include quality of teaching as determined by student evaluations and faculty assessment, and length of service.
Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012
This morning at 8:30 a.m., Geosciences Chair, Faculty, Postdocs, and Staff greeted new and returning Graduate Students for orientation. The 2012-2013 semester will begin on Thursday, Sept. 13. Interim chair, Allan Rubin, introduced students to the attending members of the department.
Friday, Sep 7, 2012
Members of the Ward lab group participated in a month-long research cruise in Spring 2012 in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific (ETNP) as part their ongoing project entitled “Control of Denitrification and Anammox in the Oxygen Deficient Waters of the Eastern Tropical North and South Pacific.