At age 12, Fong dropped out of junior high school to begin her college education at Dalhousie University in 2000, pursuing a Physics and Computer Sciences Bachelor's degree. She graduated with First Class Honors, the University Medal in computer science, the Canadian Association of Physicists University Prize, and the Burgess McKittrick Prize for Physics (Feynman Lectures book prize) in 2005, at the age of 17. Additionally, Fong received the Dalhousie In-Course Scholarship in 2004 and 2005.
In 2005, after graduating from Dalhousie, Fong went on to Princeton University as a Ph.D. candidate with two different scholarships, the Princeton First-Year Science and Engineering Fellowship and the Princeton Full-Tuition Fellowship. Although Fong decided to leave Princeton before finishing her Ph.D. program in Plasma Physics, she managed to receive several accolades and awards between 2005 and 2007, including the Princeton University Merit Prize, the NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship PGS-M (2005-2007), and the Quarter-Finalist, TopCoder Collegiate Challenge 2006. Additionally, Fong was offered the NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship CGS-M, which she chose to decline.
Fong never attended Berkeley, but she has chosen to list the school on her LinkedIn profile as a humorous offering to her connections, stating she received her 'Master's in using the library and not paying tuition..., efficient use of public assets.' She explains in the description that between the years 2007 and 2019, she spent time in the UC, Berkeley library making use of the resources, wifi, and student groups located around the campus.
Fong served as an undergraduate researcher for approximately two and half of her five years at the university.
From May 2002 through August 2002, Fong investigated the possibility of improvement by active networks to latency and bandwidth usage for large multiplayer games. She implemented a prototype game and tested numerous concepts using OCaml, Java, C, and PLAN.
From June 2003 through June 2005, Fong developed numerical libraries and software to solve the eigenstate problem in strongly interacting quantum dots. The work was used for a proposed solid-state quantum dot quantum computer, robust to environmental decoherence processes using C++, STL, and Boost.
From September 2003-April 2004, Fong worked as a teaching assistant and lab assistant in the computer science learning center at Dalhousie University. Additionally, she developed the material for and taught the introductory Unix sections of the computer science ﬁrst year course using Scheme, LISP, Java, C, C++, MySQL, and Mathematics.
From August 2005-August 2007, Fong was a graduate researcher at Princeton University. In her time at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, she completed analytical and computational work on a toroidal current drive by rotating magnetic ﬁelds in ﬁeld-reversed conﬁguration devices using Python, C++, Mathematica, and Fortran coding languages.
Additionally, Fong performed X-ray measurements and analysis of emission in a ﬁeld-reverse conﬁguration heated by rotating magnetic ﬁelds using Matlab, Fortran, Mathematica, and VBScript coding languages.
After leaving Princeton as an employee and student, Fong became an algorithmist at Scribd. She remained in the position for two months between November 2007 and December 2007. In her time at Scribd, she designed a linear time algorithm for document matching, detecting copyright violations, and developed novel strategies for semantic parsing using Algorithmic Work and Mathematica.
From January 2008-March 2008, Fong was a hacker for labmeeting. She completed a full-stack software engineering and product design with Ruby on Rails, developing an academic organizational tool and social network using Ruby on Rails, MySQL, and Linux.
In January of 2012, Fong co-founded and served as CEO of The Firehome, a collective program she developed and ran from 2012-2016 to mentor and host other entrepreneurs and innovators.
In July 2009, Fong co-founded LightSail Energy and served as its chief scientific officer and chief strategist. She developed a near-isothermal compressed air compression and expansion technology (using direct injection of water spray) that demonstrated ~30% efficiency increases on high-ratio compression and high ratio expansion, up to pressures of 220 bar. FullSail received backing from investors like Peter Thiel, Vinod Khosla, and Bill Gates. Fong left the company in December of 2019.
Fong became a leadership council member at Cyclotron Road in January of 2015. The position is described as a pro-bono seat where Fong identifies, mentors, and provides connections to individuals looking to innovate the energy technology industry. Cyclotron Road is affiliated with the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. As of December of 2020, Fong remained an active member of the leadership council.
In May of 2020, Fong co-founded Haven Villages, a collective cohabitation community for innovation within Silicon Valley located remotely. The village was developed to allow people in tech to live in a community of like-minded individuals while prioritizing mental and physical health in a natural setting. It was built with the COVID-19 pandemic in mind, minimizing the number of people housed within a single unit and an open-air outdoor concept in common areas. Haven Villages refers to the concept as a "charter city."
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