Cheng-Lung Chen


I am gay and I am an operations research engineer.//


Hi, I am from Taiwan originally, and I moved to US in 2013 for graduate school. I study operations research, a field that uses mathematical optimization models, algorithms, and data analytics to help organizations make better decisions and solve complex problems. My PhD research focuses on developing efficient methodologies for decision-making in complex networked systems, such as critical infrastructure and social networks. These systems contain interconnected components with discrete choices (like if/then decisions, either/or scenarios, and inseparable quantities) and operate in dynamic environments that change over time. My goal is to enhance the resilience and reliability of these systems.

I believe representation of LGBTQ+ in STEM field is crucial. When a LGBTQ+ individuals see themselves represented in these fields, it sends a powerful message that they belong and can thrive in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This visibility can inspire young LGBTQ+ individuals to pursue careers in STEM, knowing that their identities are valued and respected. Representation also helps combat stereotypes and reduces discrimination. By seeing us contribute meaningfully in STEM, societal perceptions shift, promoting greater acceptance and understanding. This, in turn, can lead to policies and practices that support a more equitable work environment for everyone. That is why I decide to participate this project. Feel free to reach out and connect with me.