Fuqing Zhang, an active AMS Member, and an active Fellow of the AMS, is Professor of Meteorology at the Pennsylvania State University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Statistics. His primary research focuses on the dynamics and predictability of mesoscale weather and regional-scale climate. He earned BS (1991) and MS (1994) degrees in meteorology from Nanjing University and a PhD degree (2000) in atmospheric science from North Carolina State University. He spent seven years as an Assistant and then Associate Professor at Texas A&M University before going to Penn State as a full professor with tenure in 2008. In 2000, he spent a year and a half as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. In 2004, he received a Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research and in 2007 he received the Outstanding Publication Award from NCAR. In 2009, was the sole recipient of the American Meteorological Society's Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award for "for outstanding contributions to mesoscale dynamics, predictability and ensemble data assimilation." He has authored/co-authored more than 70 peer reviewed journal publications.