University of Washington

Mu-Ting Chien (簡睦庭)

Graduate Stuent at University of Washington

About Me.

I am a third-year graduate student in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at University of Washington, working with Prof. Daehyun Kim. My research interests lie in tropical meteorology and geophysical fluid dyanmics. I am currently working on diagnosing the energetics of the convectively coupled equatorial Kelvin waves. I have also worked on the seasonal cycle of the Madden Jullian Oscillation, collaborating with Dr. Daehyun Kang.

I got my Bachelor degree in Atmospheric Sciences at National Taiwan Univertsity. Growing up in Taiwan, where many typhons hit every year, I was interested in understanding typhoon dyanmics to improve forecasts. During undergrad at NTU, I have worked with Prof. Hung-Chi Kuo on understanding physical processes during hurricane intensification from 2018 to 2019 and Prof. Cheng-Shang Lee on estimating hurricane size using satellite data from 2016 to 2018. In 2018 summer, I joined the U.S.-Taiwan Partnership for International Research and Education program (PIRE) for research intern at University at Albany working with Prof. Ryan Torn on the predictability of hurricane intensification.

I have a broad interest in education. I love teaching and interacting with people. Growing up in East Asian education, I was always curious about schools on the other side of the world. This was one of the motivations persuing a PhD degree in the US.

Beyond science and school, I love hiking, biking, traveling, and all kinds of sports.


Energetics of the convectively coupled equatorial Kelvin waves

Seasonality of the Madden Jullian Oscillation

Hurricane Intensificaion


TA for Atmospheric Dynamics in 2019 Spring at NTU


I joined World Volunteer Society at NTU in undergrad. I used to teach elemnetary and middle school students in remote aboriginal tribes in Taiwan every summer and winter vacation. Many of the students did not have good access to educational resources nor economic support from family. I originally thought that I was the one sharing knowledge and experience, but it turned out that I learned much more from the students than I taught them. They taught me to live at the moment and cherish what I have. I found happiness independent from wealth and success.


Seattle, US


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