Fen Zhao, PhD

Director of Data Science & Research

Fen has led data science research at Alpha Edison since 2018, leveraging large scale data sets to identify silent suffering and market opportunities.  Prior to joining Alpha Edison, Dr. Zhao was a program officer at the National Science Foundation managing research portfolios in data science and cybersecurity, with a focus on commercialization of academic research.

During the Obama Administration, Fen worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on science policy for national security. Prior, she was an associate with McKinsey’s Risk Management practice.

A native New Yorker, Fen enjoys cooking her homegrown vegetables and playing video games and the flute. Fen has a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford, studying computational astrophysics. She has a BSs in Physics and Mathematics for Computer Science from MIT.

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