Tokay, Ali

Research Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliation:  Geography and Environmental Systems

JCET Research Group:  Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Lab

GSFC Code:  612

Mailing Address:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 612
Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA

Phone:  (301) 614-6140
Fax:  (301) 614-5492

Research Interests:

Precipitation physics, measurement accuracy, and small-scale variability.


Dr. Ali Tokay received his BS from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1984, his MS from Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri in 1988, and his Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois in 1993.  Dr. Tokay was a research associate through a National Research Council Fellowship between 1993 and 1995, and an assistant professor at the Saint Louis University for the following two years.  In 1997, Dr. Tokay joined the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as a research assistant scientist and became a research assistant professor during the following year. Since 2006, he has been a research associate professor at UMBC’s Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology, and has been affiliated with the Department of Geography and Environmental Systems for over a decade.

Dr. Tokay was a principal investigator during a series of field campaigns under NASA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, and since 2003, he has been a member of the NASA precipitation science team.  He has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses at both Saint Louis University and UMBC. Dr. Tokay was an advisor of a MS student who graduated in 1998, and has mentored 12 undergraduate and five graduate students.

Most Recent Publication:

Tokay, A., P.G. Bashor, E. Habib, T. Kasparis (2008), Raindrop Size Distribution Measurements in Tropical Cyclones, Monthly Weather Review, 136, 1669-1685, DOI: 10.1175/2007MWR2122.1.