Dr. Ernestine Fu is an Adjunct Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Focused on the transformative effects of technology on humanity, she examines how the next wave of technological innovation and globalization will affect our countries, our societies and ourselves.
She has scaled emerging technology companies for over a decade in sectors ranging from robotics and artificial intelligence to defense technology. As a venture capitalist at the early-stage technology fund Alsop Louie Partners, she leads investments in frontier technology startups and supports companies from inception to late-stage scaling. As a global leader, she works with international organizations like Hyundai to lead technology development on novel transformer-class vehicles and DBS Bank to advise on innovation and venture debt financing. As an advisor, board director and executive chairman, she has guided companies on product development, partnerships, growth strategy and M&A. She has been featured in multiple technology and business publications for her work.
At Stanford, she has designed and 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 has written several publications with colleagues at Stanford. With former Stanford Law School Dean Thomas Ehrlich, she co-authored "Civic Work, Civic Lessons" to encourage community engagement with informed moral and civic judgments. With Nobel Prize energy economist John Weyant, she co-authored "Renewed Energy" to guide future government policy and investment strategies for a sustainable energy future. She has examined how emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing and 5G will shape our next economy. Her work has been published in top-ranked academic conferences hosted by ACM and IEEE.
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 the proud wife of a U.S. Navy veteran, and they share a deep interest in philanthropy and civic engagement.