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  • Locations: Albany, NY, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Non-UAlbany applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Class Standing: Graduate Student- Year One, Graduate Student- Year Two, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Minimum GPA: Good Academic Standing
Credit Load: 0 Exchange Program: No
Research Opportunity: Yes! Language of Instruction: English
Partner University: Howard University, National Central University, National Taiwan University, UAlbany Program Advisor: Moody, Rachel
Program Description:

University at Albany / PIRE Taiwan Program

Academics | Faculty | Accommodations | Costs | Eligibility | Excursions | Scholarships | Testimonials | Contact | Location | Duration | Overview
Founded in 1844, the University at Albany is New York State's oldest publicly founded university. Located in New York’s capital city, it is the premier public research University in the Capital Region and offers a world of opportunity to over 17,300 students, including 1,800 international students from more than 90 countries. UAlbany's location in the state capital of New York provides students with limitless opportunities for public service and research through which you can gain experience, test your skills, and prepare to launch brilliant careers. The excellence of a UAlbany education is recognized by many independent sources. UAlbany is ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work.
Academics In today's evolving world, you need more than the tools of a trade or knowledge that comes from a book. You need a broad view of the world—the ability to adapt, to accept new ideas, and to embrace, even lead, change. At UAlbany, you'll find the resources and experiences you need to prepare for an unpredictable future.   And you'll study and learn with a diverse group of students from around the globe—enriching your experience and opening you up to endless new ideas.
The Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Summer Program at UAbany is designed for students from our partnering institutions in Taiwan: National Central University and National Taiwan University. This year the program runs from July 16 to August 31. Students cmay also stay to attend our PIRE annual meeting in Washington D.C. between September 10-12. Students will conduct research at the Mesonet, National Weather Service Albany Office, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, and different research labs at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC).

Lab and Research Opportunities:
  • Aerosol-Radiation-Cloud Interaction in NCEP Global Models And NASA Reanalysis
    • Supervisor/s: Supervisor/s: Dr. Sarah Lu, ASRC
    • Project Description: Diagnostics and evaluation of global model simulations and reanalysis to understand aerosol-radiation-cloud interaction with the focus on extreme precipitation events in Northeast US and East Asia
    • Tasks:  To work closely with Dr .Sheng-Po Chen (ASRC) in analyzing global model simulations 
    • Requirements: Computer coding experiences; Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences 
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  • Case Studies of Wintertime High Impact Events
    • Supervisor/s: Dr. Sarah Lu, ASRC
    • Project Description: Analyze three winter events under the guidance of Dr. Sarah Lu and NWS forecasters
    • Tasks: Case studies: narrow snow bands in Dec 9, 2017 and Jan 4, 2018) and lake effect snow (Jan 2, 2018); Data set: HRRR analysis and NYS Mesonet observations; Document HRRR performance for the three case
    • Requirements: Computer coding (for data analysis) experiences; Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences 
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  • Machine-Learning (ML) Aided Diagnostics and Modeling of Winter Extreme Snowstorm Events Along The Coast of Northeastern United States (NEUS)
    • Supervisor/s: Dr. Wei-Chyung Wang, Climate System Sciences, ASRC
    • Project Description: To explore the issues and approach of applying ML: to evaluate and identify climate model biases in simulating these events; and to improve their projection in a changing climate
    • Tasks: To participate in and work closely with: Dr. Guoxing Chen/ASRC in conducting regional climate model simulations; and Professors from SUNYA Computer Sciences Department in using ML in climate research
    • Requirements: Skill in computer usage; Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences
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  • Impacts of Aerosols of Different Sources on Cloud Properties and Precipitation
    • Supervisor/s: Dr. Fangqun Yu, Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation Interactions, ASRC
    • Project Description: The research will be related to analysis of aerosol properties (and their spatiotemporal variations) in the atmosphere and the impacts of aerosols on cloud properties and precipitations. Both model results and data from observations (satellites) will be used for the analysis. The specific topics or regions of focus can be decided based on the interests of the students.
    • Tasks: 1) Analyze global aerosol, cloud, and precipitation data from both model simulations and observations; 2) Investigate long-term trends of aerosol, cloud, and precipitation in various regions of interesting; 3) Identify signals of aerosol impacts on clouds and precipitations; 4) (optional) Explore the community models (WRF-Chem, CESM-CAM5) to under the mechanisms of aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions.
    • Requirements: Skill in computer usage and data analysis; Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences.
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  • Inter-comparisons of NYS Mesonet and NWS ASOS Data and Implications on Recorded Climate Variability and Changes
    • Supervisor/s: Dr. Jerry Brotzge and Dr. Junhong Wang
    • Project Description: This project compares one year of NYS Mesonet data (temperature, relative humidity, winds, precipitation, and snow depth) against independent measuring systems, such as the NWS ASOS stations.  Data will be compared from multiple sites where NYSM and ASOS stations are closely co-located. Errors and biases of each network will be documented. Their impacts on derived climate variability and changes from historical ASOS data will be investigated too.
    • Tasks: (1) Create a one year climatology from multiple Mesonet stations – 1 January through 31 December, 2017.  (2) Create a similar one year climatology from nearby ASOS stations. (3) Quantify differences between Mesonet and ASOS stations as a function of local microclimate features. (4) Investigate the impact of identified ASOS errors on derived climate variability and changes from historical ASOS data.
    • Requirements: Good computer coding skills, Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences, Attention to details, Eager and quick to learn new things
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  • Remote Sensing Atmospheric Properties Using NYS Mesonet Observations
    • Supervisor/s: Dr. Qilong Min, ASRC
    • Project Description: Retrieving cloud optical properties from Menosnet enhanced site instruments suite: MWRP and eSIR measurements
    • Tasks: A) Analyze NYS Mesonet observation. B) Retrieve cloud optical properties from Menosnet enhanced site instruments suite: MWRP and eSIR measurements.
    • Requirements: Good computer coding skills; Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences.
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  • Investigating the Influence of Ice Microphysics in Lake-Effect Winter Storms and Other Extreme Precipitation Events
    • Supervisor/s: Dr. Kara Sulia
    • Project Description: (1) To investigate how ice habit prediction and ice nucleation alters microphysical processes. (2) To understand the contribution of microphysical processes to precipitation development.
    • Tasks: (1) Run and analyze WRF model simulations; (2) Run and analyze post-processed polarization radar results; (2) Rrovide analysis of results to Dr. Sulia and graduate student Gaudet.
    • Requirements: Good computer coding skills; Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences and ice microphysics
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  • A Case Study of an Intense Rainfall Event in NE United States
    • Supervisor/s: Dr. Chris Thorncroft and Dr. Everette Joseph
    • Project Description: (1) To investigate the synoptic and mesoscale processes during an extreme rainfall event; (2) To explore the predictability of this event using NWP model forecasts including ensembles.
    • Tasks: (1) analyze available NWP analyses, in situ and remotely sensed observations of the event. (2) Create plots of WRF or HRRR model forecast fields to evaluate forecasts of the event. (3) Analyze available ensemble forecasts to shed more light on the predictability of the event.
    • Requirements: Good computer coding skills; Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences
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  • The Role of Stochastic Exchange Coefficients on TC Intensity Forecasts
    • Supervisor/s: Dr. Ryan Torn
    • Project Description: (1) To investigate how uncertainty in the exchange coefficients (Cd) impact TC intensity forecasts; (2) To investigate how changing the spatial and timescale of the stochastic perturbations to Cd impact the intensity standard deviation
    • Tasks: (1) analyze WRF model simulations with various stochastic representations of Cd (2) Create plots of both WRF model fields and TC track and intensity for various experiments; (3) Provide analysis of results to Professor Torn and graduate student Lupo.
    • Requirements: Good computer coding skills; Basic knowledge about atmospheric sciences
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Course Credit - NONE
Faculty Students will have the opportunity to work closely with University at Albany experts in weather and climate prediction, and emergency response. 

Everette Joseph, Director of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

Dr. Everette Joseph is an internationally recognized leader in the field of atmospheric sciences. Joseph played a significant role in the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Aerosol and Ocean Science Expeditions. He has conducted extensive research observing the role of aerosols and certain gases on climate and weather from field observations in the Mid-Atlantic to marine expeditions across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), of the State University of New York at Albany, was established on February 16, 1961 by the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York, as a SUNY system-wide resource for developing and administering programs in basic and applied sciences related to the atmospheric environment. Research and development at ASRC spans a broad spectrum of scientific areas, including: advanced sensor development; laboratory and field experiments in atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, and aerosol microphysics; remote sensing of the environment; global aerosol forecasting, air quality, climate change, dispersion modeling; high performance computing, and data & visual analytics.

Jerald Brotage 
Rader and storm-scale meteorology; weather technology

Dr. Jerald A. Brotzge serves as the program manager for New York State Mesonet. His work encompasses the field of surface instrumentation, radar and storm-scale meteorology. Brotzge is responsible for the deployment, operations, and sustainability of the NYS Mesonet.

Cheng-Hsuan (Sarah) Lu
Global aerosol modeling, regional air quality forecasting, and land surface modeling

Dr. Cheng-Hsuan Lu's current research focuses on quantifying the distributions of tropospheric aerosols, its impact on weather forecasts and climate predictions, and improving aerosol forecasts through the assimilation of satellite and in situ aerosol observations.

Qilong Min
Expertise: Climate change. Climate change alters the radiation, temperature, sea surface pressure, and precipitation distributions and also forces terrestrial vegetation and ecological systems to adapt.

Dr. Qilong Min's research group works on problems relating to atmospheric physics, ranging from the ionosphere to the Earth's surface, by means of both numerical modeling and remote sensing (active and passive), from multiple platforms (satellite, airborne, and surface-based). 

Kara Sulia
Expertise: Ice Crystal Growth Theory, Numerical Cloud Modeling, Arctic Stratiform Cloud Evolution, Mid-Latitude Winter Storms, Microphysical Impacts on Clouds and Climate, Polarimetric Radar Verification Techniques

Dr. Kara Sulia's work within ice microphysics focuses on crystal growth theory as a means to improve microphysical parameterizations within numerical models.

Christopher Thorncroft
Tropical weather and climate with an emphasis on variability of West African monsoon rainfall, tropical waves and Atlantic hurricanes

Dr. Christopher Thorncroft's research is mainly focused on improving our understanding of the West African monsoon and how it impacts Atlantic tropical cyclone variability. The research spans a wide range of timescales from diurnal to multidecadal.

Ryan Torn
Weather forecasting models, tropical cyclones, and atmospheric predictability

Dr. Ryan Torn's research focuses on trying to understand atmospheric predictability by determining the source and growth of errors within numerical models across a number of timescales using ensemble forecasts. Having knowledge about error growth processes within numerical models also provides insight into the governing dynamics.

Junhong Wang
Sounding and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) measurements and applications

Dr. Junhong (June) Wang's research interests include, climate changes and variability; In-situ sounding data quality and technologies; Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) measurements and their application to weather and climate studies; Mesonet network design and data QA/QC; Climate networks; Creation and analysis of climate datasets; Cloud vertical structure observations and variability.

Wei-Chyung Wang
Modeling and observational studies of climate changes due to changes in atmospheric constituents (gases and aerosols)

Dr. Wei-Chyung Wang is Professor of Applied Sciences at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY), and a member of Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He received Doctor of Engineering Sciences from Columbia University studying the radiative effect of atmospheric aerosols, and has been using models and observations to study the climate effects of atmospheric greenhouse gases, ozone, and aerosols. His current research focuses on atmospheric aerosol-cloud-radiation-climate interactions, and historical climate over China.

Fangqun Yu
Expertise: Molecular scale investigation of environmental nucleation processes through computational quantum study and kinetic nucleation modeling, Formation and growth of tropospheric particles: Modeling, data analyses, and comparisons
Accommodations Housing

Accommodations will be arranged by UAlbany.

Some meals will be included as part of your program. Meals not included in the program (see schedule) will be your responsibility. See the program's schedule for information about included meals. 

Costs Students should contact their home university for information regarding program costs.
Eligibility To study at UAlbany as a visiting student your home university must select you and recommend you to UAlbany. Questions about the terms of the agreement between your university and UAlbany should first be addressed to your university. Visiting study abroad students receive academic and social support from the Center for International Education & Global Strategy (CIEGS).  

English Language Requirement

Your skills in English must be high enough to take regular classes taught in English. You must meet one of UAlbany's English proficiency requirements to attend the University as an exchange student:
  • TOEFL: 70 / 523 pbt
  • IELTS: 6.0 
  • ELS 112
  • Completion of the UAlbany IELP program
If your English skills are not strong enough to attend regular classes, you should consider enrolling in UAlbany’s Intensive English Language (IELP) Program
I have been selected by my home campus, now what?

If you are selected by your home campus, you must apply to UAlbany using the special forms and procedures designed for visiting students.  To be admitted, your application must be processed by the Education Abroad Office which is part of the Center for International Education & Global Strategy at UAlbany. 

Entry Requirements

Please contact your home university for more information regarding the visa application process.
Excursions As part of the program, you will visit 
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • New York City, New York
*Excursions are a mandatory part of the program and specific destinations vary by program and availability.  Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Scholarships N/A
Testimonials Tzu-Ying Wu
The summer in Albany is incredibly inspiring to me. I am used to manipulating the scientific terms to explain the natural patterns, but it is hard for me to imagine what it really looks like in the real world. That is why this journey is so exciting to me; I can’t forget the time when I see the majestic scenery of cloud shadows on the Whiteface Mountain and the cumulus clouds on the windward side of a hill on the airplane. Also, I greatly appreciate Professor Wang, Wei-Chyung for advising me on the summer project. I not only learnt to process raw data by myself, but also develop a scientific question from a vague idea, and explore the possibilities to deal with a problem. I also benefits a lot from the brilliant scientists and faculties in ASRC. Thank you all for your generous help!

Wesley Wu
I was glad to have this opportunity to visit SUNY in 2016 summer through PIRE project. As an exchange student, I anticipated not only experiencing in American culture but also learning new knowledges. Many people helped me acquaint with their routine. According to my interests which were observation and numerical weather prediction, I was arranged to Mesonet which is in the campus. UAlbany’s campus is very beautiful, especially the fountain show. After finishing the daily schedule, I went to supermarket where I could buy some special foods that I had never seen in Taiwan. In addition, I had been to many special place, including New York city, Whiteface mountain, six flag, and so on. I was impressed by the New York City which was so beautiful and cool.

It was my first time ever in the US and a little dream came true for me. Besides experiencing culture, we discuss how to improve the results in different ways. Thanks to the PIRE program, I was very happy during this summer.

Chao-Cheng Tseng
I really appreciate PIRE project giving us the opportunity to visit UAlbany and get research and cultural experience in the summer of 2016. In this period, I saw many instruments that I have never seen before and a powerful research team in ASRC. My mentors taught me with patience and told me as much as they can. I learned the principle of LIDAR and processed the data of LIDAR deployed at ASRC. The result was presented in PIRE annual meeting. Furthermore, the environment and culture also impressed me. My colleague and I went sightseeing in New York City and visited many landmarks that we have seen on the Hollywood movie. I went hiking with seniors, experiencing traditional food and daily life in America. Thank everyone for the help during these days, and giving me such a great summer internship experience in Albany.
Contact To learn more about this program, please contact your UAlbany Education Abroad advisor.

Contact Information

Rachel Moody
Tel: (518) 591-8172
Office Location

Education Abroad Office
Center for International Education and Global Strategy
University at Albany
Science Library- G40

*Students may also speak with the UAlbany PIRE Program Manager, Dr. Li Zhang.
Location New York is world-famous for culture, the arts, media, business, history, entertainment, fashion, international diplomacy, theater and world-class universities. When studying at the University at Albany, in New York capital city, you will have access to a wide range of exciting opportunities in a city rich with opportunity!  Albany's 400 year history and heritage have shaped the City's urban footprint, complementing its natural setting along the waterfront and its reflection of historic architecture, major institutions, mixed neighborhoods, and diversity of residents. Our campus is in the center of New York's fast-growing TechValley, a hotbed of Research and Development, business, and entrepreneurial activity.

The Capital Region, as Albany is known, is home to 20 universities and colleges, 65,000 students, and nearly 800,000 people. The region is also a vibrant center for culture and entertainment. Among its attractions are the New York State Museum and Library and the Times Union Center, a major Northeast entertainment and sports venue. Exploring the city and its many festivals, or getting out into nature, are very much a part of the experience of the Albany region. We are fortunate to admire four different seasons and all that they bring with them!  Our campus is within reach of exceptional skiing, snowboarding, and hiking in the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire mountains, areas famed for recreational and cultural opportunities.

In addition, Albany's central location makes travel to New York City (only 135 miles away), Montreal, and Boston easy, making your access to resources and activities unlimited!  Both Niagara Falls and Washington D.C. are within a day's distance too! You will find that Albany offers you the strategic advantage of all city life has to offer, without the big city expenses, in beautiful and scenic surroundings.  Welcome to your home away from home.

Traveling to Albany

Airport Information

Many of our international students arrive in the U.S. at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York City or Newark (EWR) International
Airport in New Jersey.  If you are coming from Asia, we advise you to book your flight through Chicago (ORD), Detroit (DTT), or other airports with good connections to Albany. If you are continuing by airplane to Albany, use only a direct, non-stop connecting flight from your arrival airport to Albany. 

If you arrive at one of the New York City or New Jersey airports, you have to plan your own transportation to Albany.  Further information regarding travel to Albany is available 

Train information

The Amtrak station is 15 minutes from campus and is easily accessible from NYC. Further information regarding train travel to Albany is available on the
Amtrak website.

General Travel Advice

Further information regarding travel to Albany is available 
Duration Program Dates: Summer 2018

July 14                        Arrive in Albany
July 15 to August 31   PIRE Summer Program in Albany
September 1               Depart for Taiwan OR Students may opt to remain for the PIRE Annual Meeting*

As an international student, you are required to participate in a mandatory arrival orientation. The On-Site orientation is held upon your arrival to campus. 

*Students opting to remain for the PIRE Annual Meeting are responsible for the additional costs. 

Overview The University at Albany enrolls students in nine degree-granting schools and colleges including its Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy; and its Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, Education, Public Health, and Social Welfare. 

The Campuses

The Uptown Campus, the University’s main campus, is located at 1400 Washington Avenue in Albany, and has been described as “a distinctive work of modern art.” Home to many of the University's Schools and Colleges, including the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Criminal Justice, and Education. 

Uptown Campus

The Uptown Campus also features the Performing Arts Center, the University Art Museum, and the Campus Center. The hub of student activity, the Camps Center includes lounges, meeting and dining rooms, a ballroom, a cafeteria, banking facilities, a convenience store, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, and a variety of both fast-food and healthy food options.

Outdoor recreational facilities include lighted tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and several multipurpose playing areas, including a turf field for student recreational and intramural use. Indoor athletic facilities are dominated by the SEFCU Arena. With an arena seating capacity of nearly 4,800, the facility is home to NCAA Division I Great Dane basketball, and also houses a running track, a modern fitness center, a fully equipped athletic training complex. The Physical Education Center includes a pool, locker rooms, weight and wrestling rooms, a dance studio, and basketball, handball and squash courts. The facilities also include a 8,500-seat multi-sports stadium, home to football and men's and women's soccer.

Downtown Campus

The Downtown Campus, located at 135 Western Avenue in Albany, served from 1909-66 as the main campus. It houses the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity, the School of Criminal Justice, and the School of Social Welfare, as well as the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Health Sciences Campus

The Health Sciences Campus, a former pharmaceutical complex located at One University Place in Rensselaer, is one of the region's booming bioscience research and high-tech centers. Its academic anchor is the School of Public Health, and its research facilities include the Cancer Research Center, home to the Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, and the Center for Functional Genomics.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/27/2018
05/01/2018 07/15/2018 08/31/2018
NOTE: Students may opt to remain for the Partnerships in International and Education (PIRE) Annual Conference, which will take place September 10 to 12 in Washington, D.C. THIS OPTION IS NOT FUNDED. Students will be responsible for the additional expenses. For more information, please email Dr. Li Zhang.

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