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Blogireneau.com
Twitter@ireneau
BirthplaceUrbana, IL

Degrees

University of South Carolina - Honors College, BS 1994
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, MS 1996
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering / Human-Computer Interaction

Current Companies

VP Product and User Experience
Strategic and Editorial Board Member

Former Companies

Head of User Experience
VP User Experience
Interaction Designer

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Former Financial Organizations

Entrepreneur in Residence

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Irene Au

Irene currently runs Product and Design at Udacity, a startup focused on bringing higher education online. Irene formerly led the User Experience and Design practice at Google, responsible for the user interface design of Google-branded products.

Prior to Google, Irene was Vice President of User Experience and Design at Yahoo, where she built the interaction design and user research practice, and led product and platform design efforts worldwide.

Irene began her career at Netscape Communications, where she was an interaction designer and led cross-product design efforts on Netscape’s browser, mail/news client, and page editor.

Irene holds a master’s degree in human-computer interaction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Having received two full scholarships to attend the University of South Carolina Honors College, she earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering and graduated summa cum laude.

An avid advocate of Montessori education, Irene is Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees at Bowman International School. Irene also teaches several yoga classes per week in the SF Bay Area.

Recent Milestones

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    Irene Au added a position as Entrepreneur in Residence at Trinity Ventures. (7/1/12)
    Posted 8/11/13 at 10:54pm
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    Irene Au added a position as VP Product and User Experience at Udacity. (6/1/12)
    Posted 10/25/12 at 12:49pm
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    Irene Au added a position as Strategic and Editorial Board Member at Rosenfeld Media. (1/1/10)
    Posted 5/25/13 at 1:28am
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    Irene Au added a position as Head of User Experience at Google. (9/1/06)
    Posted 5/25/13 at 1:28am
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    Irene Au added a position as VP User Experience at Yahoo!. (1/1/02)
    Posted 5/25/13 at 1:28am
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    Irene Au added a position as Interaction Designer at Netscape. (6/1/96)
    Posted 6/13/13 at 4:36pm
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    Irene Au added a position as Mentor at 500 Startups.
    Posted 5/25/13 at 1:23am

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