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About Alan Z Liu

Dr. Liu's research areas are in dynamics and composition of the middle and upper atmosphere, and their relationships to the atmospheric global circulation and space weather. His current research interests are in the gravity wave dynamics, and their interactions with other atmospheric waves, and their effects in transporting atmospheric constituent. Dr. Liu is also an experimentalist, specializing in ground-based atmospheric remote sensing, using active LIDAR and passive airglow imagers to measure this atmospheric region for scientific research.
He is a PI of a number of NSF grants, and advisor to multiple MS and PhD students. He is a senior member of IEEE and a member of American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society.
Currently Dr. Liu has 75 peer-reviewed journal publications with h-index of 26 and i10-index of 53 according to Google Scholars as of Nov 2017.


Present Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Present Full Professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Researcher of the Year 2014


  • EP701 Analytical Techniques in Engineering Physics
  • PS150 Physics I
  • PS250 Physics III
  • EP501 Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers
  • EP712 Geophysical Fluid Dynamics


August 1990 - April 1996 PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ‐ Department of Atmospheric Sciences

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Publications (30)