Dr. Liu joined University of New Hampshire in 2016 and holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of Physics and Space Science Center of EOS. He was an NSF CEDAR Postdoc Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University from 2006 to 2007, and a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Space Sciences at Florida Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2016. He received A. J. Ferraro Award for Excellence in Ph.D. Research from Penn State in 2005, Young Scientist Award from International Union of Radio Science in 2008, and Faculty Excellence Award in Research from Florida Tech in 2016. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award.
His research interests are in the areas of plasma discharge physics, ionospheric physics, radio science, remote sensing, optical imaging, computational electrodynamics and numerical methods. He has focused on studying electrical discharges in earth’s atmosphere such as lightning, jets and sprites, and their effects in near-earth space environment. His research involves developing modeling tools, building optical imaging systems, and analyzing data collected from ground- and satellite-based measurements. His work has been published in Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Applied Physics Letters, Plasma Sources Science and Technology, etc.
He enjoys working with researchers of diverse background, expertise and experience. His undergraduate and graduate students have won numerous awards at scientific meetings including American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, National Radio Science Meeting and NSF CEDAR Workshop, and have also received university Outstanding Student Award and Student Design Showcase Award.