Dr. Yan is the Mary A.S. Lighthipe Professor of Marine Studies and director of the Center for Remote Sensing. He has a Ph.D. in Satellite and Physical Oceanography from the State University of New York, Stony Brook and a postdoc experience from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
Yan is internationally known for using satellites in tracking the notorious weathermaker El Niño and in developing new techniques for monitoring global climate change and coastal responses.
Since joining UD in 1990, Yan has advised over 60 graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers who have gone on to careers in academia, government and industry, including notable posts at Princeton University; Applied Research Laboratories in University of Texas at Austin; Xiamen University and Fuzhou University in China. Among many of his honors, his career accolades include the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1994) and University of Delaware’s Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award (2019).