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Helen L. Chen

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Helen L. Chen

Research Scientist, Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D. in Communication with a minor in Psychology, Stanford University, 1998
  • B.A. in Communication Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1993

Research Interests

My current research interests focus on engineering and entrepreneurship education; applications of design thinking methods for curricular change; the pedagogy of portfolios and reflective practice in higher education; and redesigning how learning is recorded and recognized in traditional transcripts and academic credentials.

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU)
  • Association for Authentic, Experiential Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL)
  • EPAC ePortfolio Community of Practice

Selected Publications/Presentations

Chen, H.L., Patel, S.J. & Venkatesh, U. (forthcoming). Portfolio to Professional: Creating authentic, story-based evidence of graduate student learning. In P. Bowers (Ed.), Beyond the College Transcript, Innovative Strategies for Assessing and Documenting Student Learning. Washington, D.C.: NASPA.

Trego, M., Chen, H.L., Prasad, K.V., & Sheppard, S. (2019). Exploring the relationships between engineering internships and innovation interests and likelihood of accepting a job offer. In the Proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Cincinnati, OH, October 16-19.

Chen, H.L., Powers, K., Prasad, K.V., Anderson, M., Royalty, A., Aquino, M., Gilmartin, S. & Sheppard, S. (2018). A mixed methods approach to understanding how colleges, universities, and employers prepare and support undergraduates in engineering internships. In the Proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, San Jose, CA.

Chen, H.L. & Black, T. (2018, April 17). Clear as Mud: Finding Ways to Improve Upon the College Transcript. The evoLLLution.

Penny Light, T., Chen, H.L., Ittelson, J.  (2011). Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors. San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Coaching and mentoring Girl Scouts/FIRST robotics team
  • Advocating for and fostering rescue dogs