Charles Shen, PhD, EMBA

Charles Shen, PhD, EMBA
Charles Shen, PhD, EMBA


Charles is an innovative leader at the forefront of Web3 and Generative AI technologies, currently working at Intuit to drive advancements in these domains. He is also the founder of inWeb3, where he developed ChatWeb3, a ChatGPT-powered chatbot designed to make blockchain and crypto data accessible to everyone. Prior to joining Intuit, Charles was the Senior DeFi and DAO Token Engineer at ConsenSys, where he specialized in token engineering and applied crypto economics / tokenomics design for large-scale decentralized Web3 protocols. His professional journey also features time spent as a VC investor at VU Venture Partners, focusing on frontier technologies.

Before fully immersing himself in the Web3 industry, Charles served as Co-Director of Columbia University's Advanced Construction and Information Technology Laboratory, leading digital transformation research projects for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry. Earlier in his career, he was a Senior Member of Technical Staff at AT&T, where he worked on cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) services and cybersecurity for mobile networks.

With over 20 years of diverse engineering experience, Charles has expertise in AI, Blockchain/Crypto, IoT, IP Telecommunications, Cybersecurity, and Power Electronics. His groundbreaking research has resulted in eight US patents, three Internet standards, and numerous peer-reviewed publications, cited by researchers worldwide over 1,500 times.

As a dedicated community leader, Charles has over 15 years of experience serving non-profit organizations with tens of thousands of members. He has held various roles, from Founding President to Chairman of the Board, collaborating with public and private sectors to promote entrepreneurship, STEM education, and local economic development. His exceptional service has earned him the U.S. Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Award.

Charles is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, as well as an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School.

Blockchain Research
Charles’ research on Blockchain focuses on better understanding Blockchain applications for the real economy. The Blockchain for Cities project conducted at Columbia University provided a comprehensive review of blockchain use cases across all major urban sectors.
Blockchain for Cities
Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research
Charles researched on applying AI to the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) domain. This project reviewed the state-of-art in literature and proposed a framework for next-generation AI platform that aims to modernize the AEC industry.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) Industry
Cybersecurity Research
Charles’ cybersecurity research experience centers on the wireless mobile Internet. It covers both mobile devices at the edge network and servers in the IP-telecommunication core network.
Cybersecurity Research
Internet Protocols (IP) and IP-based Telecommunication Networks Research
Charles conducted in-depth research and co-invented a series of technologies that help the IP-based telecommunications network meet the scalability and reliability requirements for everyday use.
Internet Protocols (IP) and IP-based Telecommunication Networks
Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Big Data Research
Charles conducted research applying IoT in the construction management domain. The project built an integrated IoT-BIM system that provides a visualized decision-making tool to help reduce construction hazards in confined spaces, thus improving construction safety.
Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Big Data
United States Patents
List of awarded United States patents for technologies Charles co-invented with researchers at AT&T, Columbia University, and Samsung.
United States Patents
Internet Standards
Internet Standards Charles co-created with researchers at Columbia University, NTT, Bell Labs, AT&T, Samsung, and Sonus Networks.
Internet Standards