I have loved statistics since taking A.P. Statistics in high school with Ms. Clark1. The idea that statistics could quantify evidence in order to resolve questions was tremendously exciting. Then in college, I was further encouraged by Dr. Raviv, who fully supported my desire to study more. My master's experience gave me a new way to appreciate statistics when I learned how much deep mathematical analysis undergirds statistics, and the summer internship at Facebook that followed made me want to understand the theoretical principles behind the methods I was using. Then I completed my PhD at USC, where I was introduced to large-scale statistical inference. I plan to deepen my understanding of this field at SFSU through research, teaching, and discussions with industry professionals.
Two other things I like are technology and running. Having grown up in Silicon Valley, I believe (rather fervidly) that technology will change the world for the better. The digitization of health data, the services embedded in many crytpocurrencies, and artificial intelligence are particularly interesting. I once ran 20 miles for an icecream sandwich. It was worth it.
I also have a sister, Dr. Sue Fu, who completed her medical degree at Case Western and is a general surgery resident at Stanford. I am so proud of her.
1 During my PhD, I found another Gunn student who was inspired to pursue a PhD because of Ms. Clark's class!