Nien Dak Sze

Nien Dak Sze

Associate, Harvard-China Project
Expert, Asia Global Institute, The University of Hong Kong
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Sze Nien Dak has been active in the field of Planetary and Earth Sciences since 1972.  He was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atmospheric and Environmental Research Inc. (AER), one of the world most renowned commercial weather forecast, climate and global ozone impacts research and consulting firms in the US. AER founded in 1977 was acquired in 2009 by Verisk Analytics.

He has also served on the Board of the Fung Global Institute (FGI), a policy research and executive education institute based in Hong Kong.
 
Nien Dak has chaired and served several US and international boards/committees including the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate under the the US National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. He was a science and technical advisor to the State Environmental Protection Agency of China. Nien Dak has served the Central Policy Unit (CPU) under CE Mr C. H. Tung’s administration and is also a counselor of the China-United States Exchange Foundation.
 
Nien Dak has authored and co-edited several books and he has published more than 150 papers with scientists around the globe. He was among one of the earliest developers of 1-, and 2- Dimensional models of the stratosphere to assess the human’s impacts on stratospheric ozone and climate change. Nien Dak has been invited to testify on major issues related to ozone and global climate change before the US Congress, the German Bundestag and the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Japan. He has also served as a reviewer to the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) which co-shared the Nobel Peace Prize with the Former US Vice President Al Gore. Nien Dak was a recipient of several major awards from NASA, the US space agency, including the award on the 1987 Antarctic Airborne Ozone Experiment which verified the impact of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) on the polar ozone.
 
Nien Dak earned a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University and a B.S. in Engineering Sciences from Purdue University.

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