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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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Wednesday, May 27, 2015
More than 2,000 Princeton University students will graduate at Commencement on Tuesday, June 2. GEO Undergrad Joan Cannon '15 appears in this video and thanks her peers who helped her succeed to graduation (1:41).
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Event announcement for the Geosciences Alumni Reception 2015, Friday May 29, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., Guyot Hall
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A team of researchers with members from Princeton University, the University of Maine and Oregon State University has found that greenhouse gasses a million years ago, were only slightly higher than they were between 450,000 and 800,000 years ago. In their paper published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences," the team describes...
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
2015 Spitzer Lecture - Professor Nicolas Dauphas, Dept. of the Geophysical Sciences and Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago. Meteorites, which are remnants of solar system formation, provide a direct glimpse into the dynamics and evolution of a young stellar object, namely our Sun.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A whiff of air frozen in ice for 1 million years provides a new snapshot of Earth's ancestral climate. "Gas bubbles are the gold standard for reconstructing climate," said lead study author John Higgins, a geochemist at Princeton University. (DOI:10.1073/pnas.1420232112)

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