Prior to joining Alpha Edison, Fen Zhao developed public private partnerships at the National Science Foundation in the areas of data science and cybersecurity. She created and led the Big Data Hubs and Spokes Program and was the program coordinator for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC).
During the Obama Administration, Dr. Zhao was an AAAS Fellow at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) working on national security S&T issues. Before her work in the public sector, Dr. Zhao was an associate with McKinsey and Company's Risk Management Practice, serving public sector clients in the mortgage and debt markets.
Fen received a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University and her BS in Physics and Mathematics for Computer Science from MIT. Her doctoral research was conducted at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at SLAC National Accelerator Labs, where she developed supercomputing astrophysical simulations of magnetic fields within the early universe. She is a native New Yorker and enjoys rowing, spinning, and video games.
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