Follow this link to skip to the main content
National Aeronautics and Space Administration vertical gray line
+ NASA Homepage
NASA's Mars Exploration Program
+ Mars Home
Zip Code Mars
Zip Code Mars Contribution
horizontal gray line

Photo of Allen Chen
   Allen Chen
   Mars Science Laboratory Entry, Descent, and Landing Operations Lead
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
La Crescenta, California
United States Of America
   horizontal blue line
High School: The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville,  NJ
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.B.A., University of California, Los Angeles

Background Information
Allen Chen is a systems engineer in the Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems and Advanced Technologies group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). On the Mars Science Laboratory team, he is the EDL Operations lead, co-leads the “Council of Atmospheres” team, and is the EDL Flight Dynamics lead. He 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 holds a S.B. and S.M. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

Conducted a number of advanced studies looking at landing capabilities for future opportunities. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Technical prowess is important, but isnt the whole battle - it might not even be the hardest part of the battle. Being able to communicate technical issues clearly to people who have less familiarity with the issue youre working is an important soft skill that often doesnt get discussed in school. [more personal reflections ...]