Author: Irene Au

Irene Au

Irene Au

Design Partner at Khosla Ventures

Irene currently runs Product and User Experience 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.

Irene also teaches yoga four times a week at a yoga studio in Palo Alto. An avid advocate of Montessori education, Irene is a board member at Bowman International School. She also aspires to make the perfect French macaron.


Publication period start: 1995
Publication period end: 2010
Number of co-authors: 20


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Jason Buberel
Nick Iozzo
Nida Zada

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Jens Riegelsberger
Penelope Sanderson
Robin Jeffries


Au, Irene (2001): Industry briefs: Yahoo!. In Interactions, 8 (2) pp. 81-84. Citation

Au, Irene, Li, Shuang (1998): Netscape Communicator's Collapsible Toolbars. In: Karat, Clare-Marie, Lund, Arnold, Coutaz, Joëlle, Karat, John (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 98 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 18-23, 1998, Los Angeles, California. pp. 81-86.

Sanderson, Penelope, Iozzo, Nick, Buberel, Jason, Au, Irene (1995): The Advising Workbench: Participation-Based Development of a Software Environment to Suppo. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 39th Annual Meeting , 1995, . pp. 1180-1184.

Rohrer, Christian, Au, Irene, Darnell, Elissa, Dickenson, Nancy, Evenson, Shelley, Kaasgaard, Klaus (2008): Design, marketing, strategy: where does user research belong?. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 5-10, 2008, . pp. 2241-2244.

Au, Irene, Boardman, Richard, Jeffries, Robin, Larvie, Patrick, Pavese, Antonella, Riegelsberger, Jens, Rodden, Kerry, Stevens, Molly (2008): User experience at Google: focus on the user and all else will follow. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 5-10, 2008, . pp. 3681-3686.

Thompson, Carola Fellenz, Anderson, Richard I., Au, Irene, Ratzlaff, Cordell, Zada, Nida (2010): Managing user experience: managing change. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2010, . pp. 3143-3146.