Kevin Yang

Chen-Kuang "Kevin" Yang

I grew up in Taiwan, where natural phenomena dance year-round. When I was little, I got so excited about Typhoons coming nearby the island, and the most enjoyable thing was comparing the forecast I made with the actual trajectory afterward. 

Carrying the passion for studying weather, I did my undergraduate degree at National Central University, where I majored in Atmospheric Science and got exposed to field campaigns (see the picture on the right, my first-time snow in a sub-tropical climate) studying the impact of air pollution on cloud microphysical and chemical properties, and ground-based remote sensing instruments such as Cimel Sun Photometer and Micro Pulse Lidar (MPL) for measuring aerosol optical properties. I later became interested in analyzing satellite data and was part of a lab team building an aerosol retrieval algorithm for the Himawari-8 geostationary satellite. 

I joined Chiu’s group in 2019 fall, working on topics related to remote sensing, 3D radiative transfer, and cloud-aerosol-precipitation-radiation interactions. In my M.S. thesis, I built a fast 3D radiative transfer emulator using machine learning techniques and a new aerosol retrieval method for satellite observations that could enable us to assess direct radiative effect of aerosols, especially the contribution from near-cloud regions. 

Currently, I am Ph.D. candidate, founded by NASA Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) Fellowship to study the role of near-cloud aerosols in radiative forcing and their dependence on cloud organization.

When I have spare time, I enjoy playing sports (any on-land sport), playing the violin, being out in nature, and spending quality time with my family and friends.


  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA, 2021

  • B.S., Atmospheric Science, National Central University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan, 2019

Awards and Fellowships

  • Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology Fellowship, 2022

  • 1st Place Student Oral Presentation at AMS 16th Conference on Atmospheric Radiation, 2022

  • Herbert Riehl Memorial Award for an outstanding paper based on M.S. research, 2022

  • Honorable Mention Student Oral Presentation at AMS 21st Conference on Artificial Intelligence for Environmental Science, 2022


  • Yang, C. Kevin, J. Christine Chiu, Alexander Marshak, Graham Feingold, Tamás Várnai, Guoyong Wen, Takanobu Yamaguchi, and Peter Jan van Leeuwen. “Near‐Cloud Aerosol Retrieval Using Machine Learning Techniques, and Implied Direct Radiative Effects.” Geophysical Research Letters 49, no. 20 (2022): e2022GL098274.

  • Chiu, J. Christine, C. Kevin Yang, Peter Jan Van Leeuwen, Graham Feingold, Robert Wood, Yann Blanchard, Fan Mei, and Jian Wang. “Observational constraints on warm cloud microphysical processes using machine learning and optimization techniques.” Geophysical Research Letters 48, no. 2 (2021): e2020GL091236.

Service and Teaching

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant in ATS 622: Atmospheric Radiation, Spring 2021 & 2022

  • CSU Atmospheric Science International Student and Scholar Association (ATSISSA), Board Member, 2021-2022

  • Graduate Student Representative on CSU Engineering Student Technology Committee, 2020-2022