Jun Wang

Assistant Director, Iowa Technology Institute
Director, Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lab
James E. Ashton Professor of Engineering
Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Jun Wang is a Professor in the University of Iowa, with joint appointments in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and the Iowa Informatics Initiative, and secondary affiliation with the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Studies, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Physics and Astronomy, and Center for Computer-Aided Design. Prior to joining Iowa in 2016, he worked in University of Nebraska–Lincoln for nine years, first as assistant professor and then associate professor. His current research focuses on the integration of satellite remote sensing and chemistry transport model to study air quality, wildfires, aerosol-cloud interaction, and land-air interaction.

At Iowa, he operates the Atmospheric and Environmental Research Lab.

Having worked as a short-term visiting scientist/faculty in NASA GSFC, NOAA STAR, and NCAR, he also enjoys interdisciplinary research and has worked in in areas related to public health, agriculture, climate change, renewable (solar and wind) energy, supercomputing, visualization, data mining, and education in earth science. Wang has authored or co-authored more than 100 citable works in the peer-reviewed literature. He has been a science team member of several NASA satellite missions. His projects have been funded by NASA, NOAA, DoD, USDA, NSF, state agencies, and private industries.

In 2005, Jun Wang received his Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Sciences from University of Alabama–Huntsville. In 2005-2007, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Harvard University. He also holds a B.S. in Meteorology from Nanjing Meteorology Institute (now Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology) and a M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences in Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was a recipient of NASA Earth System Science Graduate Student Fellowship in 2004, NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2005, NASA New Investigator Award in 2008, and NASA’s group achievement award for TEMPO satellite in 2013 and SNPP satellite in 2014. He also sits in “Atmospheric Environment” editorial advisory board and served as the section editor for its “New Directions” column in 2012 to 2017. Since 2018, he has served as an associate editor for Atmospheric Measurement Technique, and as an editor for Earth-Science Reviews.

Wang grew up in a small village near the Yangze river’s entry to the ocean. Since his childhood, he has been fascinated by different weather phenomena, and recognizes the importance of weather for the crop yield. This childhood experience has shaped his research projects, which strive to link the ending points (of research) toward real applications. A recent manifestation in this regard is his team’s latest development of real-time weather and quality forecast for the mid-west region (http://esmc.uiowa.edu), which has aided farmers in their decision planning for irrigation, fertilization, aerial pesticide application, and harvesting.

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Research areas
  • Satellite remote sensing (research via data collection from NASA and NOAA satellites); Wildfire detection and prediction; Aerosol (air quality) modeling; Precision agriculture