Rong Fu elected to National Academy of Engineering

Fu, a professor in the Department of atmospheric and oceanic sciences in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the director of UCLA’s Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering, was elected for her work on “methodologies that use satellite remote sensing to characterize and predict precipitation over land.”  She received her B.S in Meteorology from Peking University and PhD in atmospheric science from Columbia University in New York City.

The joint institute, a collaboration between UCLA and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, looks to better understand climate change and predict what regional climates and environments will look like in the future. She studies the global atmospheric water cycle and its role in climate, with a focus on the interconnections between atmosphere and land. 

Fu is a current member of the AMS Council, past President of Global Environmental Change of the American Geophysical Union, past chair of the Atmosphere and Hydrosphere of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a past member of the AAAS Council Executive Committee. 

Fu’s honors include the AMS Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology. She is an elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and AMS.

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