Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Zachary Fair

Zachary Fair

Doctoral Student



B.S., Meteorology

Minor, Physics

North Carolina State University (2015)


My research emphasizes far-infrared emissivity for polar latitudes. I have a particular interest for current radiation trends of the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Personal Introduction

I am a first year Ph.D. student currently working under Dr. Xianglei Huang. Before my graduate studies, I was a student at NC State University for meteorology. There, I focused on aerosols and photochemistry before transitioning to remote sensing and modern physics.

I have performed additional work at NASA Langley Research Center as an intern for the Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) and Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) missions.

In addition to conducting research, I am interested in teaching others.

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Atmosphere-cryosphere interactions
  • Radiative transfer and cloud/aerosol radiative effects
  • Remote sensing instrumentation
  • Climate modeling
  • Planetary atmospheres

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow, 2017
  • NCSU Dean's List, 2013-2015
  • Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association Scholarship, 2015-2016

Professional Service

  • Member of American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Updated: 2017-05-24