Dr. Irene Hu is the Hardware Electronics Engineer of Biobot Analytics, where she leads the development of hardware electronics, communications infrastructure, and sensing technology. Biobot transforms city sewage into public health observatories, and is currently measuring opioid concentrations in sewage to estimate consumption in cities. Government, public health officials, and first responders leverage this near-real time data to tailor their opioid response strategies.
Prior to Biobot, Irene was completing a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT, where she was the recipient of the MIT Presidential Fellowship. Her doctorate work focused on the design and development of novel environmental sensors, with a particular focus on real-time, in situ environmental sensing. She also served on the executive board of the Graduate Women at MIT for several years, and was active in the MIT Science Policy Initiative. Irene holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, and has also worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman.