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.