Chen was born in Shenyang, China. He earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree with an Outstanding Graduate Award in 2015 from Tianjin University in China. He was selected to be an exchange student at the University of Hong Kong in his junior year. Now Chen is a first year PhD student in Electrical Engineering at the Case School of Engineering. He works with Prof. Philip Feng in micro/nano devices with ultralow-power integrated circuits for self-powering sensors and sensor networks. Chen is particularly interested in developing clean energy harvesters integrated with energy efficient sensor networks for applications in the Internet of Things (IoT), such as smart buildings and wearable devices.