Three words guided Chi Yu Hu to her profession: interest, duty, and responsibility. She wanted a career that would allow her to both promote progress and help people, and found physics a fascinating way to achieve her goals. She started by earning a Bachelor of Science from National Taiwan University in 1955 and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1962, at which point she joined St. John’s University as a research associate. A year later, Dr. Hu became an assistant professor of physics at California State University. She has been with the school in roles like associate professor, professor, and professor emeritus ever since. Additionally, she served as a National Science Foundation visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, between 1988 and 1990. Her favorite part of the job is helping students solve challenging problems.
Dr. Hu enjoys sharing her knowledge so much that she often sought ways to do it outside of the classroom. She contributed numerous articles to professional journals and scientific papers, and maintained affiliation with the American Physical Society. Furthermore, Dr. Hu obtained grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the California State University Long Beach Foundation, and fellowships from the National Science Foundation. Her achievements were highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West, and Who’s Who in the World.
In her spare time, Dr. Hu likes classical music.