People

Phone: (408) 924-7371
Fax: (408) 924-5191

minghui.diao at sjsu.edu


One Washington Square 
San Jose, CA 95192-0104

Minghui Diao
Associate Professor

Education

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, 2013

  • B.S., Environmental Sciences, Peking University, China, 2008

Research positions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, San Jose State University, 2020–Present

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Meteorology and Climate Science, San Jose State University, 2015–2020

  • 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

 

Research interests

    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

Teaching

    METR 112 Global Climate Change

    METR 125 Physical Meteorology

    METR 215 Advanced Physical Meteorology

Graduate students

Flor Vanessa Maciel

Vanessa (Flor) started her M.S. study at SJSU in Fall 2020. Her research project is to improve the understanding of cirrus cloud microphysical properties and the aerosol indirect effects on cirrus clouds based on in-situ observations and climate simulations. She will be comparing simulated cirrus properties in NCAR CAM6 model with a synthesized aircraft dataset from 87N to 67S. 

Ching An Yang

Ching started her research as an undergraduate student research assistant. She became a M.S. candidate in 2019. She 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 distributions of ice particles and supercooled liquid water in ice and mixed-phase clouds over the Southern Ocean. 

Tyler Barone

Tyler started his MS work since June 2020. His research work aims at advancing the understanding of ice and mixed-phase cloud formation and evolution in the higher latitudes (e.g., Arctic, Antarctica and Southern Ocean). He will be using multiple NSF and DOE field campaigns to understand cloud microphysical properties and the key factors controlling these properties.

Kathryn Steinmann

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%.

Undergraduate students

Abril Alberto

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.

Alumni

Ryan Patnaude

Ryan joined the group since the summer of 2018 and received his M.S. degree in May 2020. His graduate work focused on cirrus cloud formation and microphysical properties from in-situ observations and CAM6 model simulations. He conducted a thorough survey on cirrus cloud macro- and microphysical properties by using a large number of NSF aircraft campaigns from 2008 - present. His work helped to improve the representations of cirrus clouds in the NCAR CAM6 model. Ryan is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Colorado State University.

John D'Alessandro

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. 

Jackson Yip

Jackson was an undergraduate student working on analyzing the Southern Ocean observations from the NSF GV aircraft. He conducted comparisons between observations and a CAM6 model simulation at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica to advance the understanding of cloud characteristics at this remote location. Jackson is currently pursing his M.S. degree in University of Utah.