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Fen Zhao

(703) 292-7344
(703) 292-9059
E 10325
Program Coordinator

Program Responsibilities:
Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes)
Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)
Training-based Workforce Development for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (CyberTraining)


Fen Zhao is the Program Coordinator for the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace Program and the Program Lead on the Big Data Hubs and Spokes Program. At NSF Dr. Zhao focuses on building public - private partnerships and coordinating activities with other agencies and institutions. Prior to joining CISE OAD, Dr. Zhao was a AAAS Fellow at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy 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 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.