Ph.D. Precandidate in CLaSP

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Chongxing Fan is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering. His past research experiences were related to aerosol-climate interaction. He is now advised by Prof. Xianglei Huang and his research interests include the radiative effects of clouds and aerosols in climate models. Chongxing is an MICDE 2019-2020 Fellow and is going to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Computational Discovery and Engineering in the next few years.


  • Atmospheric radiation
  • Clouds and aerosols in climate models


  • BSc in Atmospheric Sciences, 2019

    Nanjing University










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Graduate Student

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Sep 2019 – Present Michigan
MICDE 2019-2020 Fellow ($4,000)

Undergraduate Student

Nanjing University

Sep 2015 – Jun 2019 Nanjing, China
Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science (Jul. 2019)
GPA: 4.67/5.0 (3.95/4.0); Ranking: 1/79
TOEFL: 109 GRE: 323+4.0
Chow Tai Fook Scholarship (Top 1%)
National Scholarship (Top 1%)
Scholarship of Mr. Liao (Top 1%)


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Strong Precipitation Suppression by Aerosols in Marine Low Clouds

The adjustment of cloud amount to aerosol effects occurs to a large extent in response to the aerosol effect on precipitation. Here the …
Let the nature take its course.
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Self Introduction

My name is Chongxing Fan, and I am a Ph.D. Pre-Candidate studying in University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I am now working with Professor Xianglei Huang, an expert in atmospheric radiation. With solid knowledge of mathematics and physics, I have mastered the basics in the field of atmospheric science, and since I have great interest in computer programming, I am able to handle meteorology data using Fortran, NCL and other kinds of programming languages. Moreover, I have taken the classes about oceanography and earth sciences so I have learned some basics in these areas.

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Personal Life

I was born in a family with dense intellectual atmosphere. My father graduated from Wuhan University in China, and my grandparents are all teachers. Therefore, they believe that knowledge can change people’s destiny and pay special attention to cultivating my interest in study. However, only interest does not suffice. My grandfather showed me how to cultivate good study habits and find suitable learning methods step by step during my growing-up. As a result, from elementary school to university, after more than ten years of exploration, I gradually grasped the law of learning, and enjoyed the happiness of exploring unknown mysteries.

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Years of undergraduate studies has equipped me with professional knowledge in Atmospheric Sciences. I am familiar with the improvement of atmospheric observation methods, and especially attracted to the mechanism of the establishment of weather theory and the possibility of numerical forecasting. Yet there still are many unknown problems in this field that need to be solved. For example, the hot issue anthropogenic climate change still has many uncertainties. The limited observation methods, accuracy and parameterization scheme used in numerical simulation for aerosols and cloud processes are waiting to be solved. All these existing and possible problems drove me to pursue deeper study and research in this realm.

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A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
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