Assistant Director and JPL Liaison
Dr. Su is a principal scientist in the Earth Science Section of Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). She received a B.Sc. of Atmospheric Dynamics from Peking University in 1991 and a Ph.D. of Atmospheric Sciences from University of Washington in 1998. She worked as a Staff Research Associate and Assistant Researcher at UCLA from 1998 to 2005 prior to working at JPL. Dr. Su received the JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence in 2008 and NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2010 for “major advances in the understanding of water vapor and cloud feedbacks on climate change through quantitative analysis of observations from multiple NASA satellites.” Her research interest is primarily in climate dynamics and convective processes. She is a member of NASA Aura and NEWS science teams and the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator for a number of NASA funded projects.
As an Assistant Director, Dr. Su’s role will be to initiate and pursue joint grant proposals between UCLA faculty and JPL scientists; organize seminars, workshops, and other types of educational activities of interest to UCLA and JPL within the purview of regional climate and environmental change; serve as a member of JIFRESSE’s Merit Increase Committee; and to assist Director and Associate Director in developing academic and research matters of importance to both UCLA and JPL.