Meet the 2017 – 2020 Board – Allan Chen

This article is part of a series introducing the 2017-2020 SIGUCCS Executive Committee. Each Board member submitted answers to questions created by the SIGUCCS Marketing Committee.

Allan ChenHow did you get involved in SIGUCCS?
My first conference was in 2005, in Monterey. I was at Stanford at the time so it was a “short” trip down the coast for me. We stayed in a separate hotel and had to walk over a mile each way. I got so much out of the conference, I didn’t mind the extra time on my feet each night, at all.

Why did you want to be a Board Member?
I feel I can contribute at a different level and have a part in guiding the organization forward by being on the Board.

Who in SIGUCCS inspires you?
There is no one answer to this. I have been motivated and inspired by so many in SIGUCCS over the years that I can’t point to anyone one person. And at each new conference I meet more inspirational folks.

What do you wish you knew before you decided to be on the board?
I think the breadth of what the Board does is quite expansive. Guiding an organization such as SIGUCCS is a large task, one that must be definition involve the community itself. I don’t think I was caught unawares, but I do wish I had had a better understanding of how broad the mission of the Board is. It’s both impressive and intimidating.

You could always stop and talk to me about…
Photography, especially traditional film work. I still shoot whenever I can, in medium and large format, though I usually bring digital on trips.

What do you do for fun?
Photography, a bit of hiking, and then it’s spending time with the kids (ages 3 and 6).

What are you looking forward to at the SIGUCCS 2018 Conference?
Reconnecting with friends and colleagues, and making new connections.