Tian's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, 2002
  • M.S. in meteorology, Department of Geophysics, Peking University, 1996
  • B.S. in meteorology, Department of Geophysics, Peking University, 1992

Professional Experience

  • 2009-present: Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • 2008-present: Visiting Assistant/Associate Researcher, Project Scientist, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2004-2007: Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
  • 2002-2004: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Program in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University

Professional Activities

  • Member of the NASA AIRS science team at JPL/Caltech since 2005: L3 and Obs4MIPs product development, testing, and validation
  • Member of the NASA CYGNSS science team
  • Member of American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member of American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • Member of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS)
  • Associate Editor of Frontiers in Environmental Science
  • Member of the JPL Section 329 DEI working group
  • Leadership roles for Asian American Academy of Science and Engineering (AAASE): treasurer and board director (2021–present)
  • Leadership roles for Chinese-American Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (COAA) Southern California Chapter (SCC): Advisory board member (2020–present), president (2018–2020), vice president (2017–2018), COAA Young Scholar Award selection committee chair (2017), and JPL regional director (2015-2017)
  • Evaluator of fellow candidates for the Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc)
  • Panelist of NASA ROSES proposal review panels (e.g., ACMAP, AURAST, and Weather)
  • Panelist of JPL strategic initiative, RTD and SURP proposal review panels
  • Reviewer of NSF CLD, NOAA CPO, and DOE ASR proposals
  • Session convener and chair, CMIP6 climate model evaluation, 2019, 2020, 2021 AGU fall meetings
  • Session chair, Advances in Satellite Observations for Earth Science and Observing Technologies, 2018 AMS annual meeting, Austin, TX
  • Session chair, Climate Processes and Other Research Applications Enabled by Satellite Sounders, Imagers and Profilers, 2010 AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, CA
  • Session chair, 20th Conference on Climate Variability and Change, 2008 AMS annual meeting, New Orleans, LA
  • Reviewer of manuscripts for various academic journals on topics including, but not limited to, satellite data products, climate model evaluation, tropical large-scale circulation and deep convection, double-ITCZ bias, clouds, cloud radiative forcing, aerosols, trace gases, tropical waves, diurnal cycle, MJO, ENSO, climate sensitivity, global warming, and climate change

Selected Awards

  • JPL Team Award for successful operation of the HAMSR instrument in the NASA CPEX-CV field campaign, 2023
  • JPL Team Award for assessing the consequences of the loss of AMSU-A2 on the AIRS mission, 2017
  • JPL IPCC AR5 Team Award, 2012
  • JPL EVI-1 Proposals Team Award, 2012

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