Dr. Fuqing Zhang

 Professor of Meteorology
 Director, Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques
 Joint Appointment with the Department of Statistics
 E. Willard & Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellow

 627A Walker Building
 University Park, PA 16802
 Phone: (814) 865-0470
 Email: fzhang@psu.edu


Postdoc -- National Center for Atmospheric Research (2000-2001)
PhD -- North Carolina State University (2000)
MS/BS -- Nanjing University (1994/1991)


  • 2014-present Director, Center for Advanced Data Assimilation and Predictability Techniques, Penn State
  • 2008-present Professor, Department of Meteorology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2009-present Professor, Department of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 2006-2008 Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 2001-2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University
  • 2000-2001 Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Selected Awards

  • 2018 Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union.
  • 2018 Faculty Scholar Medal in Physical Sciences, Penn State University
  • 2018 Distinguished Chair, Gothenburg Chair Programme for Advanced Studies (GoCAS), Sweden
  • 2017 Ranked first on the list of the most impactful scientists during 2011-2015 in the category of “Meteorology and Atmospheric Science” (based on ISI Web of Science data analytics by Chinese Academy of Sciences)
  • 2017 Burgers Keynote Lecturer, The Burgers Program for Fluid Dynamics, University of Maryland
  • 2016 The Nordenskjöld Lecturer, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2015 Elected fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • 2015 Group Achievement Award for leading Penn State’s participation in the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) project, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • 2015 Houghton Lecturer, Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, MIT
  • 2015 Rossby Fellow, International Meteorology Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2014 Banner Miller Award, American Meteorological Society
  • 2012 Paul F. Robertson Award for the EMS Breakthrough of the Year, Penn State
  • 2011 E. Willard & Ruby S. Miller Faculty Fellowship, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Penn State
  • 2009 The Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, American Meteorological Society (link to press release)
  • 2007 Outstanding Publication Award, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award for Faculty Research, College of Geosciences, Texas A&M
  • 2004 Young Investigator Award, Office of Navy Research, Department of Navy
  • Editorship

  • 2010- Editor, Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2012- Editor, Acta Meteorologica Sinica
  • 2012- Editorial board member, Science China
  • 2011- Editorial board member, Scientia Meteorologica Sinica
  • 2008-14 Editor, Monthly Weather Review
  • 2011-12 Co-chief editor, Atmospheric Science Letters
  • 2009-11 Guest editor, Computing in Science & Engineering
  • 2008 Associate editor, Weather and Forecasting
  • Selected News Coverage of our Research

  • 2014 NSF/TACC press release: Today's forecast: better forecasts
  • 2014 Science Daily: Hurricane prediction: Real time forecast of Hurricane Sandy had track and intensity accuracy
  • 2014 RedOrbit: New Hurricane Model Can More Accurately Predict Storm Path, Intensity
  • 2012 NSF/White House Joint Press Release: NSF Leads Federal Efforts In Big Data
  • 2012 Science Magazine News Focus: Weather Forecasts Slowly Clearing Up
  • 2012 Homeland Security Today: Hurricane Season 2012: Forecasting The Fury
  • 2011 TACC press release: Upgrading the Hurricane Forecast
  • 2011 Philadelphia Inquirer: Better tools on the way for hurricane forecasters
  • 2011 InsideHPC.com: TACC Ranger Super Helps Upgrade Hurricane Forecasts
  • 2011 Phys.org: Real-time hurricane tracking available online
  • 2011 PlantSave.com: Scientists across the US Tracking and Monitoring Hurricane Irene
  • 2011 China Meteorology Daily (中国气象报): Severe Weather Prediction: A problem remains to be solved
  • 2010 UCAR news release: Hurricanes in the Making
  • 2009 Penn State Press Release: Penn State meteorologist to receive research award
  • 2009 Houston Chronicle: What’s the theoretical limit of hurricane forecast accuracy?
  • 2009 American Physics Society press release: Supercomputers Simulate Stars, Cars, Hurricanes, and Blood
  • 2009 PrimuerMagazine: TACC's "Ranger" supercomputer surpasses 1 million jobs in less than two years
  • 2008 High Beam Research: MORE TO SCIENCE THAN MEETS THE EYE
  • Meetings and Workshops Co-organized

  • 2018 Co-convener, the 8th Third Pole Environment (TPE) workshop, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2018 Chair, 3rd Symposium on Multiscale Predictability, AMS Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas
  • 2018 Co-Chair, Special Symposium in Honor of Warren Washington, Penn State University Campus
  • 2018 Co-chair, 8th Workshop on Ensemble-based Data Assimilation, Montreal, Canada
  • 2018 Co-Chair, SWIC workshop on tropical meteorology and tropical cyclones, Nanjing, China
  • 2018 Co-convener, SWIC summer school on tropical weather and climate, Nanjing, China
  • 2018 Co-convenere, NSF-NCAR Geoscience Digital Data Resource and Repository Service Workshop
  • 2018 Organizing committee member, 6th International Symposium on Data Assimilation, Germany
  • 2017 Co-Chair, SWIC workshop on convective initiation, Nanjing, China
  • 2017 Co-convener, SWIC summer school on Severe Weather, Nanjing, China
  • 2017 Co-chair, UMD/PSU/EMC joint data assimilation workshop, College Park, Maryland
  • 2017 Chair, 2nd Symposium on Multiscale Atmospheric Predictability, AMS Annual Meeting
  • 2016 Co-chair, Workshop on Regional Climate Modelling and Reanalysis, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2016 Co-chair, Severe Weather and Tropical Cyclone Workshop, Nanjing, China
  • 2016 Chair, International Conference on Gravity Waves, State College, Pennsylvania
  • 2016 Chair, Special Symposium on Advanced Data Assimilation and Uncertainty Quantification in BigData Research for Weather, Climate and Earth System Monitoring and Prediction, State College, Pennsylvania
  • 2016 Co-chair, 7th Workshop on Ensemble-based Data Assimilation, State College, Pennsylvania
  • 2016 Co-chair, Special Symposium on Seamless Weather and Climate Prediction --- Limit of Multiscale Predictability, 2016 AMS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2015 Co-chair, Hurricane Ensemble Workshop, Miami, Florida
  • 2015 Co-chair, 14th CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum (CTWF) on Coupled Data Assimilation Symposium, Beijing
  • 2015 Co-convener, Data Assimilation Summer School, 14th CAS-TWAS-WMO Forum (CTWF), Beijing
  • 2015 Member, Science Organizer Committee, 4th International Symposium on Data Assimilation, Kobe, Japan
  • 6th Ensemble Kalman Filter Workshop May 18-22, 2014, Buffalo, New York
  • Ensemble Data Assimilation 2006
  • Gravity Waves Retreat 2006
  • Ensemble Data Assimilation 2008
  • 4DVar vs. EnKF 2008
  • PSU Gravity Wave Workshop 2009
  • Ensemble Data Assimilation 2010
  • PSU and UMD Joint Data Assimilation Workshop, College Park, MD, 11/2010
  • Summer School on Severe and Convective Weather, Nanjing, China, 07/2011
  • International Workshop on Severe, Hazardous and Extreme Weather, Beijing, China 07/2011
  • Pre-HFIP Hurricane Science Workshop, Miami, FL, 11/2011
  • PSU and UMD Joint Data Assimilation Workshop, web-based, 12/2011
  • Ensemble Data Assimilation 2012, Albany, NY
  • NSF EarthCube Workshop on "Shaping the Development of EarthCube to Enable Advances in Data Assimilation and Ensemble Prediction", Boulder, CO, 2012.