Program Manager at Microsoft

frank.chen [asperand]

About Me

I am a Technical Program Manager at Microsoft. I received a B.S. in Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

In my undergraduate years, I have conducted robotics and machine learning research at The Jet Propulsion Laboratory with Dr. Thomas Lu, and at the Center for Vision, Cognition, Learning and Autonomy (VCLA) with PhD student Nishant Shukla and Professor Song-Chun Zhu. I have also been an organizer of LA Hacks (largest hackathon in the West Coast) for the past two years. Lastly, I have been a Resident Assistant (RA) for UCLA Residential Life during the 2016-17 school year.

In Spring 2017, I taught a class at UCLA called CS 88S: Safety in the Cloud - Introduction to Cybersecurity; this seminar has been very popular, with a full class enrolled and more than 1400 people subscribed to my weekly email list.


I write code

I use PGP. Here are my keys

I occasionally blog

I draw caricatures and other art

I take photos.

I played classical guitar. Here are some of my pieces

Recent News

January 2018

Lately, I've been reading and reflecting a lot on human intelligence and AI. I'm fascinated with human intelligence, and I've written about its beauty here.

November 2017

I just got back from CoRL (The International Conference on Robot Learning). You can find a copy of my poster here, and the full paper here.

September 2017

I made a website to host some of the photos I have taken; Check it out here.

August 2017

I started a caricature Instagram! Follow @bykfrankc for caricatures on celebrities and public figures.

July 2017

I started working at Microsoft as a Program Manager, part of the 2017 CSE University Hires cohort.

June 2017

I had the honor to speak about what being an Engineer means to me in front of 10,000+ people in Pauley Pavilion, at the 2017 UCLA Engineering Commencement for PhDs, Masters, and Bachelors degree recipients. As the Commencement Student Speaker, I wanted to find a voice that resonates with all Engineers, and so I focused on the qualities that applies to all of us moving forward: Mentorship. Learning. Community.

Full Speech Video (starts at 1:59:20).
Speech Transcription.
Interview with UCLA Engineering

I wrote/performed "Graduate", a creative summary of my undergraduate experience at UCLA. The lyrics breakdown can be found on Rap Genius. A huge thank-you to my producer Katon, and my music video director Iris!

I wrote a DJ set review on The Chainsmokers' performance at Ultra Music Festival 2016 for UCLA's History of Electronic Dance Music class.