By Gisela Spiedel
Internationally acclaimed meteorologist and monsoon expert Professor Bin Wang is a winner of this year’s prestigious Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research. Wang, who is chair and professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Meteorology Department and the International Pacific Research Center (IPRC), received the medal at the UH Manoa awards ceremony on April 30. Wang has also been invited to give a public lecture in the 2013 Fall Semester.
One of the most influential scientists in monsoon research worldwide, Wang specializes in climate and atmospheric dynamics and has published more than 260 scholarly publications on the monsoon system, tropical cyclones and climate change. His work has significantly contributed to understanding the dynamics and predictability of tropical climate and global monsoon through advancing theory, numerical modeling, experimentation, diagnostic analysis and climate prediction.
Wang currently serves as chair or advisor on 10 national/international organizations, such as the Science Advisory Committee of the APEC Climate Center, the Advisory Committee of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)/ Monsoon Panel’s Expert Team, and Past Global Changes Working Group on Global Monsoon and Low Latitude Dynamics. His editorial service on scientific journals includes editorship for the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences of the American Meteorological Society and Asian-Pacific Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. He also serves as organizer and convener of numerous international conferences.
Wang was elected Fellow of American Meteorological Society in 2008 in recognition of his distinguished contributions to atmospheric research and service to the community. In 2012, he was named “Scientist of the Year” by the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation Honolulu Chapter.
Wang’s professional background is both broad and deep. He obtained his bachelors degree in physical oceanography from the Ocean University of Qingdao in China in 1966. Rather than continuing in oceanography, Wang joined the Weather Bureau of Shandong Province as a meteorologist until 1978. He continued his graduate studies in meteorology, completing his Masters degree in 1981 at the University of Science and Technology in Bejing. Wang was among the first students from China to travel to the US to continue their graduate education, and in 1984 he received his PhD in Fluid Dynamics from Florida State University. He spent two years as a visiting scientist at Princeton University’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Program before coming to the University of Hawai’i.
Wang has been with the Meteorology Department at UH Mānoa since 1987, and has played a major role in guiding climate research at the IPRC, the center for the study of climate in Asia and the Pacific at UH Mānoa, since the center’s inception.