Celebrating Rosenna Yau's 47 Years Of Service To Stanford University

We encourage you to make a gift to The Physics Postdoc Fund in honor of Rosenna.

Celebrating Rosenna Yau's 47 Years Of Service

Physics Director of Finance and Operations Rosenna Yau is retiring in March 2023 after 47 years at Stanford.

Rosenna’s greatest wish is to make her departure gift something that will benefit others. In this spirit a fund was created to provide support to Physics Postdoctoral Fellows in need, a population Rosenna feels has traditionally had access to fewer resources in the early stages of their academic career.

If you wish to contribute to a retirement gift for Rosenna, what better way than by contributing to the Physics Postdoc Fund in her honor? You can do so by clicking here.

Thank you.

Rosenna Yau's Milestones

Stanford University Medical Center
1975 - 1980

Accounts Representative, Department of Finance

Stanford School of Medicine
1980 - 1985

Cancer Research Center Office Manager, Department of Radiology

Stanford School of Medicine
1985 - 1991

Administrator, Department of Pathology

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences
1991 - 2023

Director of Finance and Operations, Physics Department

1996: Rosenna receives the Arnice P. Streit Award, which recognizes her distinguished service to the School of H&S.

2002: Rosenna is honored for her dedication, service, and achievement with the Staff Award at the 2nd Annual Stanford Asian American Awards.

2007: Rosenna serves on local organizing committee of  the First Gamma-ray Space Telescope (GLAST) Symposium.

2009: Rosenna attends the world premiere of Gasser’s Cosmic Reflections, Op. 15 commissioned by Peter Michelson at the Kennedy Center.


By the Numbers…

5 - Nobel Prizes won by Stanford Physics faculty during Rosenna's tenure
27 - Bunyan lectures held since Rosenna began
31 - Commencements staffed by Rosenna
31 - Annual Bill Fairbank Memorial Run/Walk/Bikes staffed by Rosenna
379 - Physics degrees earned by women during Rosenna’s tenure
443 - Combined years of Stanford service for staff currently managed by Rosenna (not including Rosenna’s 47 years)



  • American Association of University Women (1977–present)
  • Asian Staff Forum (1986–present; co-founder)
  • Stanford Parents Club, formerly the Stanford Mothers Club (Served as president in 1995)
  • Undergraduate Student Mentor
  • Usher for Stanford Live