Minghua Zhang, who has been serving as Interim Dean, is now Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS). Zhang’s long and distinguished history with Stony Brook University began in 1988 when he was a postdoctoral visiting scientist. He then assumed an assistant professorship with SoMAS (then MSRC) in 1990. Zhang has served as professor and director of the Institute for Terrestrial and Planetary Atmospheres since 2001, and has been an associate dean with SoMAS since 2003.
Zhang, who has dedicated more than 20 years of academic and professional service to SoMAS, is also the author of over 70 papers as well as a book on climate science. Additionally, he was one of the four distinguished atmospheric scientists from Stony Brook who served on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Former Vice President Albert A. Gore. In addition, Zhang’s service as associate dean provides him with valuable perspective on the administrative workings of the University.