Irena Fischer-Hwang completed her bachelor’s (2011) and master’s degrees (2012) in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2019 for her dissertation work on bioinformatics and image compression. She was a producer for the science podcast Goggles Optional from 2016 through 2018. Her curiosity about science communication led her to data journalism at Stanford, and in 2018 she was awarded a Brown Institute for Media Innovation Magic Grant for her data journalism work as part of the Big Local Project team. She is excited to continue integrating her rigorous training in engineering with reporting through data journalism, and hopes to explore a variety of topics including algorithmic bias and accountability, tech privacy and gender equality. Previously, she was an Asian American Journalism Association’s 2018 Voices student program fellow and a 2019 Chips Quinn Scholar. She also serves as a peer editor and writer for NPR Scicommers, and her work has been published by NPR-member radio station KQED and Smithsonian.com.
Irena Fischer-Hwang, MA Class of 2020 Stanford Journalism