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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:
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! Internship Opportunity: No
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.

Academic Program

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


About the 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

Everette Joseph

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 

Expertise: 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

Expertise: 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

Expertise: 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

Expertise: 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

Expertise: 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

Expertise: 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



Hotel accomodations will be arranged by UAlbany.


You will have access to UAlbany and CDTA public transportation. For some trips, transportation will be provided for the entire group. 


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


Students should contact their home university for information regarding program costs.

Eligibility Requirements

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.



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.




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 research. Many people helped me become acquainted with their routines. According to my interests, which were observation and numerical weather prediction, I was matched with the Mesonet research study.
UAlbany’s campus is very beautiful, especially the fountain.. After finishing the daily schedule, I would go to the supermarket where I could buy some special foods that I had never seen in Taiwan. In addition, I went to many special places, including New York city, Whiteface Mountain, Six Flags, and so on. I was impressed by New York City, which was so beautiful and cool.
It was my first time ever in the U.S. and a little dream came true for me. Besides experiencing culture, we discussed how to improve the results in different ways. Thanks to the PIRE program, I was very happy this summer.

Chao-Cheng Tseng

I really appreciate PIRE project for giving us the opportunity to visit UAlbany and to get a 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 could. 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.
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Summer 2018 Program Dates

  • 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. 
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.