Dr. Kitty Yeung
Dr. Kitty Yeung is a physicist, engineer and artist in addition to her role as founder CEO of fashion-tech incubation at Microsoft. She received her PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University and MSci and BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and worked as a research scientist, hardware engineer, UX designer, program manager and senior quantum architect at IBM, Intel and Microsoft. With over 15 years of experience in STEM and a lifelong passion for art, Dr. Yeung integrates engineering and design to break the barriers between disciplines, communicates science with art and pushes the state-of-the-art of creative-tech manufacturing and commercialization.
Having worked with the latest technologies, including developing computational textiles, solar powering, printed electronics, micro-controllers, edge computing, machine learning and robotics, Dr. Yeung combines her love of art with her experience in science to push the bounds of fashion. Her fashion-tech startup at Microsoft focuses on solving the industry’s most pressing manufacturing, retail and environmental challenges.
Her independent designer tech-fashion brand, Art by Physicist, has been on the frontier of embedding wearable devices in garments and designing with digital painting, digital printing, 3D printing, digital patterning and physics simulations. With its mission to scale high-tech fashion creations, drive sustainable production and promote STEAM, environmental protection, and intellectual representation of women, her designs have been featured by tech, fashion and art publications around the world. Dr. Yeung was named one of the Top 100 Women in Fashion Tech by Women of Wearables.
Using her unique skills in physics and the arts, Dr. Yeung explains quantum computing with intuitive and friendly comics Quantum Computing & Some Physics that communicates complex scientific concepts to readers of all backgrounds without losing technical accuracy. The official Microsoft quantum computing education materials she produced were featured in Forbes and she was listed by Quantum Zeitgeist as 20 Influential individuals driving the Quantum Technology Revolution.
Dr. Yeung frequently gives technical and career talks reflecting her passion and experience in quantum computing, wearables, digital transformation, fashion technology and start-ups to share her knowledge as a practitioner in multiple fields and to inspire more people to pursue science and technology in creative and beautiful ways that benefit the wider society.
“Kitty Yeung PhD is responsible for some of the coolest Quantum Educational materials we have ever seen. Her comic book style format for learning about Qubits, Quantum gates and Quantum algorithms is insanely popular. We talk to her about her path to being SPM at Microsoft and how she has managed to combine her love of science, her artistry and flair for education.”
“Kitty is a creative technologist whose passion for sustainability, art, and science sparked an initiative that has the power to transform an entire industry. By day, she’s a part of the incredible Microsoft Quantum computing team. But in her spare time, she’s the driving force behind a global movement within the company that’s helping the fashion industry reimagine how it works. Kitty - your passion and brilliance is inspiring!!”
Microsoft Cloud, Taking Stock Live with Shelley Bransten, CVP Global Retail & Consumer Goods Industries at Microsoft