Allen primarily works on designing, building, and repairing solar radiation and aerosol instrumentation/equipment for the NOAA Global Radiation and Aerosols (GRAD) division, along with writing scientific data collection/processing/visualization software and embedded microcontroller firmware. He has worked extensively with solar trackers and total sky imagers, and formerly with weather balloon instrumentation and software (the NOAA Frost Point Hygrometer and SkySonde).
Allen has a B.S. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Metropolitan State University of Denver, graduating summa cum laude in 2008. He started working at NOAA as a high school student in 2002 and continued as a student until being hired full time after college. He has worked for the OZWV and GRAD divisions designing/building/repairing weather balloon and solar radiation instruments and writing scientific software and microcontroller firmware. Allen has been a coauthor of over 20 peer-reviewed publications and first author of a NOAA technical memorandum. He has received the CIRES Outstanding Performance Award (May 2013) and several NASA group achievement awards.