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About Sen Chiao

Dr. Sen Chiao received his PhD degree from the North Carolina State University in 2003. His primary research interest is in numerical modeling with emphasis on problems in synoptic/mesoscale dynamics including: terrain-induced storms, tropical precipitation systems, land-sea-breeze convection, as well as boundary layer processes in coastal regions. He is currently involved in several projects including: 1) Investigating drainage flows, rotors and low-level jets under quiescent condition during the Terrain-Induced Rotor Experiment in spring 2006 (T-REX); 2) numerical modeling and data analysis of the African Multidisciplinary Monsoon Analyses (AMMA) field experiment in 2006; 3) Landfalling hurricane intensity changes.


Present Professor, San Jose State University Meteorology and Climate Science
2010 - 2011 Associate Professor, Florida Institute of Technology ‐ Meteorology
2005 - 2010 Assistant Professor, Florida State University ‐ Meteorology
2004 - 2005 Research Associate, Howard University ‐ NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences
2003 - 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
2000 - 2002 Teaching Assistant, North Carolina State University
1999 - 2002 Graduate Research Assistant, North Carolina State University
1998 - 1999 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Hawaii at Manoa
1996 - 1998 Lieutenant Meteorologist, Military Service ‐ ARMY Aviation
1994 - 1996 Graduate Research Assistant, National Central University

Curriculum Vitae


2012 - 2013 Improving High-Resolution Fire Weather Forecasting over Complex Terrain
San Jose State University
Role: Principle Investigator
2011 - 2012 Evaluating HWRF Forecasts of Tropical Cyclone Intensity and Structure in the North Atlantic Basin
Role: Principle Investigator
2011 - 2012 Improving Severe Downslope Winds and Lee Wave Rotors Forecasts using GOES-R Proving Ground Products and High-Resolution Modeling
Role: Principle Investigator
2009 - 2012 Acquisition of a Computational Science and Engineering Parallel Cluster
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
2009 - 2012 Numerical Simulations of Stable Boundary Layer Evolution over the Owens Valley during the Terrain-Induced Rotor Experiment (T-REX)
Role: Principle Investigator
2009 - 2012 Understanding Oceanic/Continental Transition of Mesoscale Convective Systems and Tropical cyclogenesis during the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis Experiment (AMMA)
Role: Principle Investigator
2009 - 2010 Minimum Temperatures and Diurnal Temperature Ranges in the Melbourne Area
Florida Tech
Professional Development Grant
Role: Principle Investigator
2009 - 2010 Quantifying uncertainties of high-resolution WRF modeling on downslope wind forecasts in the Las Vegas valley
Role: Principle Investigator
2007 - 2010 A real-time coupled wave/atmospheric regional forecast and analysis system: CWARFS
Role: Co-Principle Invesigator
2007 - 2008 Mobile environmental and weather observing network in Central Florida
Florida Tech
Professional Development Grant
Role: Principle Investigator
2006 - 2007 Improving the meso-gamma scale prediction in Puerto Rico region: Observation analyses and numerical experiments of streamers
Role: Principle Investigator
2005 - 2006 Evaluation of boundary layer parameterizations in the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model using in situ measurements
Role: Co-Principle Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2011 - Present Research Committee Memeber, San Jose State University College of Science
2011 - Present IT Advisory Committee Member, San Jose State University College of Science
Member, American Geophysical Union
Member, American Meteorological Society
Journal Reviewer, Bulletin of American Meteorological Society
Member, Florida Academy of Sciences
Proposal Reviewer, Georgia National Science Foundation (GNSF)
Journal Reviewer, Hydrological Sciences Journal
Member, International Association for Urban Climate
Journal Reviewer, International Journal of Climatology
Journal Reviewer, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
Journal Reviewer, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmosphere
Journal Reviewer, Journal of Hydrology
Journal Reviewer, Journal of Hydrometeorology
Journal Reviewer, Journal of Mountain Science
Journal Reviewer, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics
Journal Reviewer, Monthly Weather Review
Proposal Reviewer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Proposal Reviewer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Proposal Reviewer, The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
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Honors and Awards

  • Fellowship, UCAR/COMET Integrating Satellite Data and Products into Geoscience, August 2011
  • Fellowship, NCAR/ECSA Junior Faculty Forum 2009, July 2009
  • NCAR Computational & Information Systems Laboratory Classroom Grant Award, Feb 2009
  • Fellowship, NCAR/Advanced Study Program Faculty Fellowship Award, May – August 2008
  • Fellowship, The 2008 Early Career Geosciences Faculty Workshop, June 2008
  • NCEP High Performance Computing Resources Award, EMC, 2007 - present
  • Fellowship, Applications of Multimedia to Teaching in Atmospheric Science, COMET, June 2006
  • NCAR/SCD Computing Resources Award, 2005 - present
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University, February 2003 – February 2004
  • Fellowship, Summer School on Mountain Meteorology, University de Trento, Italy, August 2002
  • Student Travel Award, The 10th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, AMS, June 2002
  • Outstanding Research Award, The 4th Annual Research Exposition, NC State Univ., March 2002
  • Student Travel Award, The 9th Conference on Mesoscale Processes, AMS, May 2001
  • Student Travel Award, The 9th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, AMS, June 2000
  • NCAR/Unidata Equipment Award, 2007-2008


  • Weather Analysis and Forecasting (METR 171A, 171B), fall and spring semesters
  • Weather Briefing (METR 170A, 170B), fall and spring semesters
  • Senior Thesis (METR 179), fall and spring semesters
  • Marine Meteorology (MET 4407), fall 2010
  • Intro. Environmental Flow Modeling (OCE 4601), fall 2008
  • Mesoscale Meteorology (MET 4410), spring 2007, 2008, 2011
  • Remote Sensing for Meteorology (MET 4233), fall semester, every year
  • Marine Field Project, summer 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Special Topics in Environmental Science (ENS 5903), 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Colloquium (METR 285), 2011-2012
  • Numerical Weather Prediction (MET 5310), fall 2006, 2007, spring 2009, 2010
  • Planetary Boundary Layer (MET 5301), spring 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Atmospheric Remote Sensing (MET 5233), fall semester, every yea
  • Marine Meteorology (OCN 5407), spring 2006, 2007, fall 2009, 2010
  • Graduate Seminar (ENS 5000), 2006-2007


2003 Ph.D., North Carolina State University ‐ Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
1996 M.S., National Central University ‐ Atmospheric Physics
1994 B.S., Chinese Culture University ‐ Atmospheric Science
Postdoctoral, Harvard University ‐ School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Refereed Publications (54)