Ben joined Scaled in 2003 as a Design Engineer performing configuration design and analysis, composite manufacturing, and flight test engineering. With the mission of demonstrating aerospace firsts for customers, today Ben focuses the company on exploring innovative technologies, developing the highly talented team of aerospace professionals on staff, and ensuring a culture of safety within the organization.
In his time at Scaled, Ben has held key technical and leadership roles developing multiple new aircraft types from concept through to first flight and follow-on envelope expansion flights, including revolutionary experimental aircraft like the non-stop, non-refueled, around-the-world Globalflyer; the first commercial manned spaceship, SpaceShipOne, and its follow-on SpaceShipTwo; as well as the optionally piloted/UAV Firebird demonstrator. Prior to his role as President, Ben served as a Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Flight Test Engineer, Chase Pilot, Business Development Manager and Vice President of Engineering.
Ben holds a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He also holds a Certificate in Technical Management from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Commercial Pilot with Instrument and Multi-Engine Ratings.
Ben was part of the team that was awarded the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 2005 for the development of SpaceShipOne. In 2014, he was named in Aviation Week’s 40 under Forty.