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Fax: (408) 924-5191
minghui.diao at sjsu.edu
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0104
Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2013
B.S., Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China, 2008
Tenure-track Assistant Professor, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, San Jose State University, 2015–Present
Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research, 2013–2015
Fellowships and Awards
2019 San Jose State University Research Foundation Early Career Investigator Award
2019 - 2021 San Jose State University Faculty RSCA Assigned Time Program Award
2018 San Jose State University College of Science RSCA Assigned Time Award
2018 NCAR Advanced Study Program Faculty fellowship
2016 NCAR Advanced Study Program Faculty fellowship
2013 - 2015 NCAR Advanced Study Program (ASP) postdoctoral fellowship
2012 Walbridge Fund Graduate Award, Princeton University
2012 Princeton Environment and Climate Scholars (PECS) Award
2010 American Geophysical Union 2010 Fall Meeting, Outstanding Student Paper Award, San Francisco, USA
2009 American Geophysical Union 2009 Spring Assembly, Outstanding Student Paper Award, Toronto, Canada
2009 NSF Graduate Student Travel Award to Water Vapor and Climate System (WAVACS) workshop, France
2009 - 2012 NASA Earth and Space Science (NESSF) Fellowship
2008 - 2012 Francis Robbins Upton Graduate Fellowship at Princeton University (one of the two highest graduate
fellowships given by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University)
2008 Honored Bachelor Thesis and Honored Bachelor at Peking University
2007 Jun-Tsung Fellowship (awarded by Nobel Laureate Tsung-Dao Lee to 16 undergraduate students in China)
2007 Baogang Fellowship, Peking University
2006 Lin Chao Geoscience Fellowship, Peking University
2003 Chinese Chemistry Olympiad National First Prize
Aircraft-based and remote sensing observations of water vapor, ice crystals and aerosols
Remote sensing of aerosol optical depth and downscaling of PM2.5 fields
Numerical simulations of cloud dynamics, cloud macro- and microphysical properties
Multi-scale dynamical influences on ice supersaturation and ice crystal formation
Aerosol indirect effects on cirrus cloud’s formation and evolution from natural and anthropogenic sources
METR 112 Global Climate Change
METR 125 Physical Meteorology
METR 215 Advanced Physical Meteorology
Founder and Principal
Ryan has joined the group since the summer of 2018. His graduate work will focus on cirrus cloud formation and microphysical properties from in-situ observations and CAM6 model simulations. He will conduct a thorough survey on cirrus cloud macro- and microphysical properties by using a large number of NSF aircraft campaigns from 2008 - present. His work will help to improve the representations of cirrus clouds in the NCAR CAM6 model.
Katie has been working on the NSF CONvective TRansport of Active Species in the Tropics (CONTRAST) campaign, which took place in January to February in 2014, based at Guam. Her research foci include understanding the chemical tracer correlations among ozone, water vapor, carbon monoxide, HCN, CH3CN, etc. Her results will shed more light on the reason that a higher ozone concentrations were observed at mid-troposphere over Guam, coupled with very dry air at RH < 20%.
Ching An Yang
Abril is working on the analysis of NSF HIPAER Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) Global campaign during 2009 - 2011 for her undergraduate thesis. One of her goals is to understand the differences in cloud microphysical properties for ice and mixed-phase clouds between the Arctic and the Southern Ocean. The Northern and Southern Hemispheres have significant contrast in aerosol number concentrations, yet it is still not well-known how such aerosol concentration contrast would lead to different cloud microphysical properties between the higher latitudes.
Ching is interested in analyzing the sea-atmosphere exchange over the Southern Ocean. Currently, she is working on analysis of aircraft-based observations, and her analysis will further be used to quantify the impacts of sea spray on the formation of clouds over the Southern Ocean.
Ching An Yang
Jackson is working on analyzing the Southern Ocean observations from the NSF GV aircraft. He will conduct further comparisons with WRF simulations to understand the cloud phase distributions at this remote location.
During John's graduate work at SJSU, he has been working on two different projects. One is to compare the in-situ observations with the WRF simulations of deep convective clouds; the other is to use in-situ observations over the Southern Ocean from the NSF ORCAS campaign to evaluate global climate model simulations of mixed-phase clouds. John finished his Master thesis defense in spring of 2018, and will start his PhD study at University of Oklahoma.