NASA Asian-American History Month Profile — Allen Chen


Allen Chen is a systems engineer in the Entry, Descent, and Landing (EDL) Systems and Advanced Technologies group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. (JPL). On the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) team, he is the lead for EDL operations and Flight Dynamics, co-leads the joint science/engineering Mars atmosphere characterization team. Chen has been a member of the MSL EDL Systems Engineering Team and the MSL Flight System Systems Engineering Team since his arrival at JPL in 2002. He also worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers project, performing EDL reconstruction analysis and testing. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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  1. Mr. Chen, I will look back on this video and think of what a great man you were. I want to make a change in the world. I promise to put my skills and intelligence to good use. I promise to be more responsible for my actions. Some people may never know your accomplishments, but I promise that I will remember.

  2. im glad they show this, let the world know that other groups are smart too. dont just give the credits to the white men/women in nasa because that will lead to other people thinking that non-whites are low class and will lead to RACISM.

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