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Dr. Tai-Yin Huang

Professor of Physics

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Cincinnati, USA, 1997
M.S. in Physics, University of Cincinnati, USA, 1993
B.S. in Physics, National Changhua University of Education, Taiwan, 1989

Email: tuh4@psu.edu
Phone: 610-285-5100
Fax: 610-285-5220
Office: 315M


Dr. Tai-Yin Huang joined Penn State Lehigh Valley in 2002. She earned her doctoral degree in physics in 1997 from the University Of Cincinnati. She won an international postdoctoral fellowship from CRESS at York University in Canada between 1997 and 1999. She then joined Clemson University in 1999 as research associate and later received a CEDAR postdoctoral fellowship award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2001.

Since joining Penn State Lehigh Valley, she has had NSF awards and mentored many undergraduate students working on these federal funded projects. She was a 2009 Penn State Research Collaboration Fellow affiliated with the Penn State Institutes of Energy and Environment (PSIEE). She was a visiting professor of National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan in 2009-2010, which was sponsored by the National Science Council of Taiwan. She received the Penn State Lehigh Valley Outstanding Research and/or Creative Accomplishment Award in 2010.

Dr. Huang is an editorial board member of a few open access online journals and she has served as a reviewer for scientific journals and proposal reviewer for NSF programs.  Her latest endeavors involve LEDs and electrical energy released from lightning discharge.  She owns Andromeda LED Lighting, LLC and several patents.

Dr. Huang's research interests include gravity waves dynamics, airglow chemistry, and energetics in the MLT region, Lightning-Induced Transient Emissions (LITEs) of airglow, sprites and elves, global warming and climate change, specializing in analytical approach, numerical simulation, and data analysis.


Articles Published in Refereed Journals

  • Huang, T.-Y. & George, R. (2014). Simulations of Gravity Wave-induced Variations of the OH(8,3), O2(0,1), and O(1S) Airglow Emissions in the MLT Region, J. Geophys. Res. Space Physics, 119, doi:10.1002/2013JA019296. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Huang, T.-Y. & Kane, T. J. (2013). Examining Methods Used in Extracting Long-term Thermospheric Density Trends, J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., 97, 115, doi:10.1016/j.jastp.2013.03.004. Impact Factor: 1.751
  • Chiang, C. Y., Chang, T.F., Tam, Sunny W. Y., Huang, T.-Y., Lin, C. H., Chen, A. B., Su, H. T. & Hsu, R. R. (2013). Global observations of the 630-nm nightglow and patterns of brightness by ISUAL, Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., 24, No. 2, doi: 10.3319/TAO.2012.12.13.01(SEC). Impact Factor: 0.705
  • Kuo, C. L., Huang, T.-Y., Chang, S. C., Chou, J. K., Lee, L. J., Wu, Y. J., Chen, A. B., Su, H. T., Hsu, R. R., Frey, H. U., Mende, S. B., Takahashi, Y. & Lee, L. C.(2012). Full-kinetic elve model simulations and their comparisons with the ISUAL observed events, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A07320, doi:10.1029/2012JA017599. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Huang, T.-Y. and M. Hickey (2012). Gravity Wave-induced Variations in Exothermic Heating in the Low-Latitude, Equinox MLT Region, J. Geophys. Res., 117, A02307, doi:10.1029/2011JA017148. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Kuo, C. L., Chang, S. C., Lee, L. J., Huang, T.-Y., Chen, A. B., Su, H. T., Hsu, R. R., Sentman, D., Frey, H. U., Mende, S. B., Takahashi, Y. & Lee, L. C. (2011). The 762 nm Emissions of Sprites, J. Geophys. Res., 116, A01310, doi:10.1029/2010JA015949. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Huang, T.-Y., C. L. Kuo, C. Y. Chiang, A. B. Chen, H. T. Su, and R. R. Hsu (2010). Further investigations of lightning-induced transient emissions in the OH airglow layer, J. Geophys. Res., 115, A10326, doi:10.1029/2010JA015558. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Jan-Bai Nee, Shang-Da Tsai, Ding-Hong Peng, Rue-Ron Hsu, Alfred Bin-Chi Chen, Shengpan Zhang, Tai-Yin Huang, Panthalingal K. Rajesh, Jann-Yenq Liu, Harold U. Frey, Steven B. Mende (2010). OH Airglow and equatorial variations observed by ISUAL instrument on board the FORMOSAT 2 satellite. Terr. Atmos. Ocean. Sci., Vol. 21, No. 6, doi: 10.3319/TAO.2010.03.12.01(AA). Impact Factor: 0.705
  • Huang, T.-Y. (2008). Peering into peer review. Physics Today, Vol. 61, No.12, 14. Impact Factor: 5.893
  • Huang, T.-Y., & Hickey, M. P. (2008). Secular variations of OH nightglow emission and of the OH intensity-weighted temperature induced by gravity-wave forcing in the MLT region. Advances in Space Research, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2007.10.020. Impact Factor: 1.238
  • Huang, T.-Y. & Hickey, M. P. (2007). On the latitudinal variations of the non-periodic response of minor species induced by a dissipative gravity-wave packet in the MLT region. J. Atmos. Solar-Terr. Phys., doi: 10.1016/j.jastp.2007.01.011. Impact Factor: 1.751
  • Huang, T.-Y. (2006). Simulations of OH nightglow emission in the occurrence of sprites. J. Geophys. Res., 111, A11311, doi:10.1029/2006JA011791. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Huang, T.-Y., Hickey, M. P., & Tuan, T. F. (2003). On nonlinear response of minor species with a layered structure to gravity waves. J. Geophys. Res., V108, 1173, DOI: 10.1029/2002JA009497, A5. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Hickey M. P., Huang, T.-Y., & Walterscheid, R. (2003). Gravity wave packet effects on chemical exothermic heating in the mesopause region. J. Geophys. Res., V108, 1448, doi:10.1029/2002JA009363, A12. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Huang, T.-Y., Hickey, M. P., Tuan, T. F., Dewan, E. M., & Picard, R. H. (2002). Further investigations of a mesospheric inversion layer observed in the ALOHA-93 Campaign. J. Geophys. Res., V107 (D19), 4408,doi:10.1029/2001JD001186. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Hur, H., Huang, T.-Y., Zhao, Z., Karunanayaka, P., & Tuan, T. F. (2002).A theoretical model analysis of the sudden narrow temperature-layer formation observed in the ALOHA-93 Campaign. Can. J. Phys., 80, 1543 - 1558. Impact Factor: 0.928
  • Huang, T.-Y., Hur, H., Tuan, T. F., Li, Xi, Dewan, E. M., & Picard, R. H. (1998). Sudden narrow temperature inversion-layer formation in ALOHA-93 as a critical-layer-interaction phenomenon. J. Geophys. Res., V103 (D6),63236332, doi:10.1029/97JD03076. Impact Factor: 3.44
  • Munasinghe, G., Hur, H., Huang, T.-Y., Bhattacharyya, A., & Tuan, T. F. (1998). Application of the dispersion formula to long and short-period gravity waves; comparison with ALOHA-93 data and analytical model. J. Geophys. Res., V103(D6), 64676481, doi:10.1029/97JD02850. Impact Factor: 3.44

Book Chapters

  • Huang, T.-Y. (2013). Global Warming’s Effect On Mesospheric Airglow Emissions, In Carter B. Keyes & Olivia C. Lucero (Eds.), New Developments in Global Warming Research (pp. 103-116). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Huang, T.-Y., Chiang, C. Y., Kuo, C. L., Chen, A. B., Su, H. T., & Hsu, R. R. (2009). Investigations of Lightning-Induced Sudden Brightening in the OH Airglow Layer Observed by ISUAL Onboard FORMOSAT-II Satellite. In N. B. Crosby, T.-Y. Huang & M. Rycroft (Eds.), Coupling of Thunderstorms and Lightning Discharges to Near-Earth Space (pp. 21-27).New York: American Institute of Physics Conference Proceedings,Vol.1118.
  • Huang, T.-Y. (2007). Investigations of wave-induced nonlinear response of minor species with the KBM averaging method. In A. Tsonis & J. Elsner (Eds.), Nonlinear Dynamics in Geosciences (pp. 153-166). New York: Springer.


  • Owner and Inventor, Energy Storage Device
    M480807, 2014/6/21, Taiwan
    14/460698, 2014/08/15, USA (pending)

  • Owner, Modulized LED lighting fixture
    M472797, 2013/10/09, Taiwan
    201320646095.5, 2013/10/18, China

  • Owner, LED Lighting module
    M472802, 2013/10/09, Taiwan
    201320653265.2, 2013/10/22, China

  •  Owner, LED light tubes
    M472164, 2013/10/02, Taiwan
    201320634671.2, 2013/10/14, China

  •  Owner, LED lighting fixture
    14/485695, 2014/09/13, USA (pending)
    M472161, 2013/09/18, Taiwan
    201320604508.3, 2013/09/27, China

  • Owner, Lamp having an annular light-guiding body
    13/868255, 2013/04/23, USA (pending)
    M460234, 2013/02/01, Taiwan
    201320080523.2, 2013/02/21, China

  • Owner, Composite LED package and its application to light tubes
    13/943906, 2013/07/17, USA (pending)
    M461882, 2013/03/08, Taiwan
    201320188734.8, 2013/04/15, China

  • Owner, Film-covered LED device
    8476650, 2013/07/02, USA
    M393643, 2010/12/01, Taiwan
    201020112979.9, 2010/05/18, China

Funded Projects and Grants

  • Research Faculty.  2013-2014.  Project: “Micrometeoroid Mass Flux Influences on Space Weather and Middle Atmosphere Aeronomy Studied Using the Six NSF Radars and Modeling (PI: Dr. John Mattews, AGS-1202019)  National Science Foundation Supplement ($ 19,998).

  • Principal Investigator.  2009 - 2012.  Project: “RUI: Gravity Wave Effects in the Mesosphere/Lower Thermosphere (MLT) Region with a 2-D, Nonlinear, Multiple-Airglow Chemistry-Dynamics Model  National Science Foundation RUI ($ 183,868).

  • Principal Investigator.  2004-2009.  Project: “Investigations of wave-induced nonlinear response of chemically active species and associated airglow emissions in a shear flow.”  National Science Foundation RUI ($ 115,938).

  • Principal Investigator.  2007-2008.  Project: “Investigations of wave-induced nonlinear response of chemically active species and associated airglow emissions in a shear flow.”  National Science Foundation RUI Supplement ($ 22,887).

  • Principal Investigator.  2008-2009.  Project: “Investigations of wave-induced nonlinear response of chemically active species and associated airglow emissions in a shear flow.”  National Science Foundation RUI Supplement ($ 19,610).

Honors and Awards

  • Penn State Lehigh Valley Outstanding Research and/or Creative Accomplishment Award, 2010

  • Visiting Professorship of the National Science Council of Taiwan, 2009-2010.

  • The Pennsylvania State University Research Collaboration Fellowship, 2009

  • CEDAR Postdoctoral Award, NSF, 2001-2002

  • International Postdoctoral Fellowship, CRESS, Canada, 1997-1999

  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Thesis Award, Taiwan, 1986