Mengqian Lu

Associate Professor

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Mengqian received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York in 2014 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She will assume the role of Chairman of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research Hong Kong Chapter in September 2024. She is also the founder of the “Climate, Weather, and Water Resources Forum” and a core member of the technical organizing committee for the Hong Kong Climate Adaptation and Response Conference.
Mengqian’s research primarily focuses on the integration of hydrometeorology with artificial intelligence. Her research is at the forefront of meteorology, water resources, and climate risk, with a recent focus on the understanding and prediction of hydrometeorological extremes—such as heavy rainfall, floods, and tropical cyclones—owing to their significant societal impacts and the opportunity they present for pioneering engineering solutions. Her work is categorized into five principal areas: Atmospheric Rivers, Moisture Recycling Networks, East Asian Monsoon, Extreme Weathers, and Water Resources Management. She has published 38 papers in top journals, of which 7 have been selected as featured articles by various journals, highlighted by the American Geophysical Union, or reported in mainstream magazines. In 2023, Mengqian received the Asian International Innovation and Invention Gold Award for creating a one-stop hub for a thriving data ecosystem.