Dr. Kate C. Miller, dean of the College of Geosciences, has appointed Dr. Ping Yang as the new head of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Yang succeeds Dr. Kenneth Bowman who has led the department since 2007. Bowman, who will return to teaching and research, is also the David Bullock Harris Professor of Geosciences.
"Ken's leadership has helped establish the Atmospheric Sciences department as one of the most respected in the country. I am confident that Dr. Yang's contributions will continue to build on the faculty's strengths in teaching, research and service," Miller said.
Ping Yang (left) and Ken Bowman (right) prepare for transition in Atmospheric Sciences.Yang holds the David Bullock Harris Chair in Geosciences and has a joint appointment in physics and astronomy in the College of Science. His research focuses on understanding the radiative budget of the atmosphere, including the scattering and absorption of cloud and aerosol particles. He is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and has been recognized at Texas A&M University both for his research and teaching. Dr. Yang has also received awards and honors from the National Science Foundation, NASA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for his work.
In addition to nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles, he is co-author of Theory of Atmospheric Radiative Transfer, and he is writing books on light scattering by ice crystals and an introduction to satellite meteorology and atmospheric remote sensing.
Dr. Yang will assume his duties Sept. 1.
The Department of Atmospheric Sciences offers the only undergraduate degree in meteorology in Texas and advanced degrees in atmospheric sciences. Its service to Texas includes the Office of the State Climatologist and the Texas Center for Climate Studies. It also operates the Doppler weather radar on top of the Eller O&M Building.
Professor & Holder of the David Bullock Harris Chair in Geosciences
David Bullock Harris Professor of Geosciences and Department Head