Allen Dodgson Tan
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|Allen Dodgson Tan|
File:Allen Dodgson Tan Portrait.jpg|
Tan at Voice of America for interview in December, 2016
|Native name||តាន់ អេលែន|
Template:Birth year and age|
San Francisco, CA
|Residence||Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia|
|Years active||2012 – Present|
|Known for||Work in the Kingdom of Cambodia designing Explosive ordnance disposal products, promoting STEM education, tech entrepreneurship and advocating for American business.|
|Awards||Grand Cross Royal Order of Monisaraphon, Grand Officer Royal Order of Sahametrei, Bronze Star Medal, Consumer Electronics Show Innovation Award|
Allen Dodgson Tan is a Cambodian-American entrepreneur, product designer, proponent for Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and American business advocate in the Kingdom of Cambodia. He is founder and director of the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation Design Lab, known for producing award-winning products for humanitarian bomb disposal. Allen is one of the foremost proponents for STEM education in Cambodia, having founded STEM Cambodia Organization, a non-profit promoting STEM careers to Cambodian youth, which hosts the country’s largest annual STEM event in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (Cambodia). He is also co-founder and CEO of Cushybots Corporation, a US robotics startup and Al’s Tacos, an original Cambodian fast food company inspired by Southern California-style tacos.
Life and career
Allen began his career in the US Army as an Infantryman before joining the explosive ordnance disposal profession. Following his tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, he began work in the Kingdom of Cambodia for the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation as the country director, eventually founding the Golden West Design Lab with MIT professor J. Kim Vandiver. As a product designer, Allen is known for his work utilizing vanguard technologies such as 3D printing, virtual reality and augmented reality.
In 2014, Allen started the Cambodia Science and Engineering Festival under the mentorship of USA Science and Engineering Festival founder and American Entrepreneur Larry Bock together with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (Cambodia). Following the first festival, he became one of the most public proponents for the advancement of STEM education in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
After establishing multiple local and international businesses, Allen was elected as Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Cambodia. During his tenure as Chairman, he has been a public advocate for increased business ties between the United States and the Kingdom of Cambodia, taking a public stance against punitive trade actions.
Music video appearances
|2017||CARE (មានអ្នកថែរឺនៅ)||Adda Angel||Jeremiah Overman|
Awards and recognition
- Bronze Star Medal, US Army for combat actions as Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) during the Iraq spring fighting of 2008 in the Siege of Sadr City.
- Knight, Royal Order of Sahametrei in 2013.
- Commander, Royal Order of Sahametrei was awarded in 2016 for his work creating a national underwater explosive ordnance disposal capability.
- 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Innovation Award for Advanced Ordnance Teaching Materials product design. 
- Commander, Royal Order of Monisaraphon in 2014 for work as country director of the humanitarian demining technology organization Golden West Humanitarian Foundation. 
- Grand Officer, Royal Order of Sahametrei in 2017 for work on humanitarian demining in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
- Grand Cross, Royal Order of Monisaraphon was awarded in 2017 for his role as Advisor to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (Cambodia) in promoting STEM education. 
- "AOTM Program Named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree" (in en). https://kh.usembassy.gov/aotm-program-named-ces-2016-innovation-awards-honoree/.
- "Innovations offer solutions to Cambodia's landmine woes" (in en). https://www.dw.com/en/innovations-offer-solutions-to-cambodias-landmine-woes/a-19563783.
- "Cambodia's Challenge: STEM Development" (in en). https://www.managementinsider.asia/cambodias-challenge-stem-development/.
- "CAMBODIA TO HOST STEM WORKSHOP FOR ASEAN YOUTH" (in en). http://ysealistem.org/cambodia-to-host-stem-workshop-for-asean-youth/.
- "Students embrace bright tech future with Microsoft support" (in en). https://www.phnompenhpost.com/post-plus/students-embrace-bright-tech-future-microsoft-support.
- "Al's Tacos: the authentic Mexican taco in Phnom Penh" (in en). https://www.foodbuzz.site/en/taco-alstaco-phnompenh/.
- "Remarks by Ambassador William Heidt at the AL's Tacos Grand Opening" (in en). https://kh.usembassy.gov/remarks-by-ambassador-william-heidt-at-the-als-tacos-grand-opening/?_ga=2.210509330.667572084.1557816910-1379325422.1557212278.
- "Cambodia's first UXO dive team starts to make rivers safe" (in en). https://www.asiangeo.com/environment/black-water/.
- "Defusing bombs by color" (in en). https://news.mit.edu/2015/defusing-bombs-color-vandiver-0521.
- "Virtual reality tech catching the eyes of local businesses" (in en). https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/virtual-reality-tech-catching-eyes-local-businesses.
- "First Science Engineering Festival" (in en). https://www.khmertimeskh.com/55078/first-science-engineering-festival/.
- "Microsoft Student Partners Sought to Bridge Technology Gaps" (in en). https://www.khmertimeskh.com/63764/microsoft-student-partners-sought-to-bridge-technology-gaps/.
- "Amcham: trade privileges cutbacks would be 'counterproductive'" (in en). https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50586570/amcham-trade-privileges-cutbacks-would-be-counterproductive/.
- "Officials, business leaders back AmCham letter to US" (in en). https://www.khmertimeskh.com/534144/officials-business-leaders-back-amcham-letter-to-us/.
- Chivon, Heng (13 November 2017). "Adda Angel birthday party, video launch". Phnom Penh Post. Post Media. https://www.phnompenhpost.com/gallery/adda-angel-birthday-party-video-launch. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
- "CARE by Adda Angel Official MV" (in en). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr4Z94S8-SQ.
- "CMAC DIVE UNIT OPENING CEREMONY" (in en). http://goldenwesthf.org/cmac-dive-unit-opening-ceremony/.
- "Golden West Humanitarian Foundation Named As CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree" (in en). https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/golden-west-humanitarian-foundation-named-as-ces-2016-innovation-awards-honoree-300198959.html.
- "CMAC DIVE UNIT OPENING CEREMONY" (in en). http://goldenwesthf.org/10-years-partnership-kingdom-cambodia/.
- "Passion for tech takes Cambodian girls to the world stage" (in en). https://www.phnompenhpost.com/supplements/passion-tech-takes-cambodian-girls-world-stage.