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Elaine Chen

Cummings Family Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship
Engineering Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (Gordon Institute)
Director, Tufts Entrepreneurship Center

Elaine Chen

Elaine Chen

Cummings Family Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship
Engineering Management, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (Gordon Institute)
Director, Tufts Entrepreneurship Center

Phone 617-627-3110
200 Boston Avenue, Suite 2400
Medford, MA
Biography: 

Prior to joining Tufts, Elaine Chen served as Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence for nearly a decade at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, teaching entrepreneurship in startup, corporate, non-profit and government settings to students at all stages of their educational and professional journeys. Chen brings a wealth of experience to Tufts, having served as an engineering and product management VP at six companies, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote, and SensAble Technologies. As Founder and Managing Director of ConceptSpring, a corporate innovation and entrepreneurship consulting company, Chen helps corporate leaders build entrepreneurial organizations via innovation consulting and custom training programs to clients across numerous industries. As a thought leader, keynote speaker, and author, she has been featured in XconomyTechCrunchHuffington PostForbes and Fortune. Chen has extensive international experience with particular expertise in the Asia-Pacific area.

Education: 
MS, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1993
BS, Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1991
Professional Experience: 
2020-present:

Tufts School of Engineering

  • Director, Tufts Entrepreneurship Center
  • Cummings Family Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship, Tufts Gordon Institute
2005-present:

Founder and Managing Director, ConceptSpring, LLC

2011-2020:

Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

2016:

Interim Vice President, Software Engineering, LiveData, Inc.

2011-2013:

Vice President, Product Development, Rethink Robotics, Inc.

2009-2011:

Vice President, Engineering and Product Development, Zeo, Inc.

2005-2009:

Vice President, Product Management, Zeemote, Inc.

1998-2005:

Vice President of Engineering and other roles, SensAble Technologies, Inc.

1996-1998:

Senior Engineer, Design Continuum, Inc.

1993-1996:

Mechanical and Firmware Engineer, EXOS, Inc.

Service Memberships: 
2015-2020: Board Director, MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge