Xiao Chen (Lucas)

Lucas Chen

Adjunct Faculty

Co-Founder and CEO (Caritai Inc.)


Master of Science, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Northwestern University

Bachelor of Arts, Applied Linguistics

Huazhong University of Science and Technology


Lucas is currently a doctoral student in industrial-organizational psychology at Illinois Tech and serves on the board of Chicago Industrial Organizational Psychologists (CIOP). He taught IPRO courses and provides leadership development support for students and faculty of the entire IPRO system; his involvements include assessment of leadership potential and team effectiveness, workshops on team leadership and conflict resolution, trouble-shooting and personalized coaching for group managers, and advising for other faculty members on leadership-related cases.

From an interdisciplinary background himself, Lucas earned his B.A in Applied Linguistics and M.S. in Higher Education and integrates his prior knowledge and experience in his present work. He specializes in leadership development in global and cultural settings and applies theories to solving real-world problems for a wide array of organizations. Before coming to Illinois Tech, he was an Associate Director of Alumni Relations at The University of Chicago.

Outside his work and study, Lucas advocates for educational equity and keeps an adventurous lifestyle. He founded Caritai, an educational leadership program dedicated to empowering and transforming first-generation university students into socially responsible citizens. Having lived in Asia, Europe, and America, he has hosted travelers gratis from 14 countries in his house and backpacked in 20 countries via hitchhiking and couch-surfing himself. In addition, he wrote to European football clubs for 7 years and collected 153 autographs from players. As side careers, he taught martial arts at Northwestern University and provided simultaneous interpreting for United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and various inter-governmental conferences.

What I love about IPRO

Bringing out the best of each individual student and enabling them to fulfill their potential and challenge the impossible as a group.

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