Kent S. Chen is currently a Supply Chain Analyst at Sempra Energy's SoCalGas, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As a consummate student of mathematics and statistics always learning and keeping abreast with bleeding edge statistical/machine learning techniques, he has joined the Sempra Analytics Community of Excellence (Sempra A.C.E.) to help bring analytics practices to the utility/energy industry.
Outside of work, Kent is involved with Project by Project - Los Angeles , a 100% volunteer-run non-profit organization which strives to foster a community of empowered Asian Americans and develop them as leaders and to develop innovative solutions to support other non-profits in the Greater Los Angeles area.
In May 2016, Kent graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics and a Minor in City and Regional Planning. On campus, he was involved with Pi Sigma Epsilon – Zeta Chi Chapter, The Daily Californian, Cal Intramural Sports, Strait Talk Berkeley, and Cal Facilitation Team. He took on leadership roles serving as President of Strait Talk Berkeley along with a manegerial position at The Daily Californian. Kent was a four year season ticket holder for the Cal Football and Cal Men's Basketball teams and still greatly enjoys rooting on his California Golden Bears.
Some of his hobbies include running (completed SEVEN half marathons), watching and playing sports (Go Lakers!), exploring and trying out new eateries, outdoor adventures such as hiking and camping, and traveling. He is an avid cyclist and fully embraces the culture of “going green” as he loves to utilize public transportation and biking as modes of transportation. He is also extremely interested in sports and data, such as the use of sabermetrics in player evaluation in professional sports such as the NBA and MLB, along with fantasy sports and has developed a “encyclopedic sports data brain”.
Kent was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in a suburb of sunny Southern California. As a youngster, he developed an interest of reading maps (The Thomas Guide) and soon was able to provide accurate driving directions to various locations around Southern California, becoming known around the neighborhood as a “human GPS”.
He took part in the Boy Scouts of America for ten years and achieved the Eagle Scout Award in September 2011. For his Eagle Scout Project, Kent led a project to build an aesthetically pleasing, informative information kiosk at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center in South El Monte, CA. The kiosk allows visitors to understand the importance of the sanctuary and its history before entering the park.
During high school, he participated on the Basketball, Cross Country , Track and Field, and Golf teams. He was also part of his school’s award-winning Model United Nations team, as he traveled to New York City, Durham, San Francisco, and Davis to take part in conferences.
In 2012, Kent was featured in a MarketWatch Article titled "Which colleges help grads snare top salaries?"