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  • Ernestine Fu

    Ernestine Fu

    Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Instructor, Stanford Center for Professional Development

    BioDr. Ernestine Fu is a General Partner at Brave Capital, focused on investing in big data, security, and transportation technology startups. Over the past decade, she has worked across the startup ecosystem, from negotiating 400-page merger agreements, to organizing SPVs for later-stage companies, to angel investing in and advising companies that have since been acquired, to advising banks on venture debt. Alongside her role at Brave Capital, she is also a Venture Partner at Alsop Louie Partners, where she has guided founders as they navigate the journey to product-market fit and scale their businesses and teams. Prior to Brave Capital, she worked with global companies like DBS Bank, Hyundai, and Snap.

    She authored "Civic Work, Civic Lessons" with former Stanford Law School Dean Thomas Ehrlich and "Renewed Energy" with Nobel Prize energy economist John Weyant. Her work has been published in top-ranked academic journals and conferences hosted by ACM and IEEE. She was recognized on the inaugural Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list, Vanity Fair Next Establishment list, and Business Insider Silicon Valley 100 list. She is a Kauffman Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow.

    At Stanford, she is a Founding Faculty Member and Chairman at the Frontier Technology Lab. As an Adjunct Professor, she has taught interdisciplinary courses across engineering and medicine: MED/CEE 214 Frontier Technology: Understanding and Preparing for Technology in the Next Economy, CEE 144 Design and Innovation for the Circular Economy, CEE 326 Autonomous Vehicles Studio, MS&E 476 Entrepreneurship Through the Lens of Venture Capital and MS&E 477 Silicon Valley and the U.S. Government: Scaling Business-to-Government Technology.

    She completed her B.S., M.S., MBA, Ph.D. and postdoc at Stanford University. Graduating with Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa honors, she was awarded the Kennedy Prize for the top undergraduate thesis in engineering and the Terman Award as one of the top thirty graduating seniors in engineering. Her doctoral thesis focused on human operator and autonomous vehicle interactions with system bias and transitions of control. She is an inventor on numerous granted or in-process technology patents.

    She is a proud part of a military family that supports local nonprofits and civic engagement.