Editorial: As part of our Light People series, we are delighted to have invited Prof. Evelyn Hu, a highly accomplished scientist from Harvard University, to share with us her personal journey. Prof. Hu's remarkable contributions in both academia and industry have taken her from industry giants to academia's most prestigious institutions, traversing various research frontiers that have played a critical role in the ongoing digital revolution. Through this interview, we aim to offer the Light community valuable insights into nanophotonics, quantum engineering, and Prof. Hu's research methodology and life philosophy, while also celebrating her outstanding achievements as a female role model. Ultimately, our goal is to inspire more women to pursue careers in this important and rapidly expanding field, which has a profound impact on all sectors of society. The following is a summary of an interview with Professor Evelyn Hu, available in the Supplementary Information.