• University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

I was born in San Menxia, Henan Province, China. I received my B.S. degree in atmospheric sciences from Nanjing Institute of Meteorology in 2004 and received my M.S. degree in atmospheric sciences from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007. I started my doctoral study in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 2007 fall, and will graduate in 2013. My Ph.D. academic and thesis advisor is Professor Xin-Zhong Liang.

My current research is to improve CWRF summer precipitation predictions over the continental U.S. and adjacent coastal oceans, primarily focusing on the optimization of an ensemble cumulus parameterization (ECP). I mainly examine the effects of cumulus closure assumptions in the ECP scheme in predicting the geographic variations of summer mean rainfall, daily precipitation frequency distribution, and rainfall diurnal cycle. The findings not only form basis to explain the predictive skill differences of certain popular cumulus parameterizations, but also help to develop the optimized ECP for precipitation prediction and consequently more realistic CWRF terrestrial hydrology modeling.