Posted on January 21, 2021

MIT Prof Arrested over Undisclosed China Ties

Kyle Reynolds and Adam Sabes, Campus Reform, January 14, 2021

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Gang Chen was charged and arrested Thursday after failing to disclose ties to the Chinese government when seeking federal grant money.

This is just the most recent example of a professor at a U.S. college or university to be arrested over undisclosed ties to China. Campus Reform has documented multiple other instances from across the country.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice, Chen was charged with wire fraud, failure of filing a foreign bank account report, and making falsifying a statement on a tax return.

Chen is a professor at MIT where he serves as Director of the MIT Pappalardo Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory and Director of the Solid-State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Center.

Since 2013, Chen’s research at MIT has been funded by more than $19 million in grants awarded by the U.S. federal government.

According to the Justice Department, Chen allegedly accepted various appointments “with the PRC designed to promote the PRC’s technological and scientific development by providing advice and expertise.”

Often times, Chen received financial compensation for the appointments.

The DOJ accused Chen of using his MIT email to outline his efforts to promote “the PRC’s scientific and economic development.”