Ruby Leung

Battelle Fellow, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Affiliate Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Ruby Leung is a Battelle Fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and an Affiliate Scientist at National Center for Atmospheric Research. Her research broadly cuts across multiple areas in modeling and analysis of climate and water cycle including orographic precipitation, monsoon climate, extreme events, land surface processes, land-atmosphere interactions, and aerosol-cloud interactions.

She is the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), a major effort to develop state-of-the-art capabilities for modeling human-Earth system processes on DOE’s next generation high performance computers. She is a member of the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and an editor of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Journal of Hydrometeorology and American Geophysical Union (AGU) Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. In 2019, Dr. Leung received the AGU Bert Bolin Global Environmental Change Award for “groundbreaking research and/or leadership in global environmental change through cross-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research in the past 10 years.”

Dr. Leung is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS). She is also a fellow of the AMS, AGU, and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She received a BS in Physics and Statistics from Chinese University of Hong Kong and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from Texas A&M University.