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NHTSA Leadership

Chou-Lin Chen

Associate Administrator, National Center for Statistics and Analysis

Dr. Chou-Lin Chen, Associate Administrator for NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, oversees the agency’s critical data collection and analysis portfolio. Under her leadership, NCSA supports NHTSA’s mission of reducing deaths, injuries, and economic losses from motor vehicle crashes by providing the census- and sample-based data on crash and other key safety topics agency researchers and safety stakeholders rely on to identify challenges and develop countermeasures. NCSA also provides expert statistical and analytical support, novel data visualizations, and more in support of the agency’s safety goals.

Chen joined NHTSA in 2002, serving as lead mathematical statistician and team lead, directing an analytical team focused on highway safety-related research and analysis. In 2005, she was named chief of NHTSA’s mathematical analysis division where she oversaw the agency’s data analysis program. Most recently, Chen served as director for NCSA’s traffic records and analysis office, where she initiated development and oversaw implementation of programs monitoring the magnitude of traffic safety problems, as well as the effectiveness of countermeasures.

Prior to her work at NHTSA, Chen worked as a senior statistician for the Maryland Department of Education and as a mathematical statistician with the U.S. Postal Service.

Chen received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan and a doctorate in statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park.