Ben Kassel has worked with 3D CAD as a designer, system manager, and applications developer in mechanical engineering and early-stage ship design. Current efforts are focused on the development of digital thread technologies that will enable the model-based environment. In 2018 Ben retired from the government and joined LMI as a senior consultant and Digital Engineering subject matter expert. During 37 years with the Naval Sea Systems Command served as a technical advisor to various government panels evaluating the use of CAD, Product Model technology, and domain-specific data definition for mechanical engineering, manufacturing, and ship construction, and acted as the NAVSEA technical authority for product data integration and exchange.
Ben is also a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and an adjunct professor at Capitol Technology University. Teaching duties included revising the curriculum for Introduction to Material Science, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machinery, and Introduction to Engineering Design CAD. But where the main academic interest lies is in developing a course of study in forensic engineering in which a full spectrum of non-destructive technologies can be combined with experience-based reasoning to generate the 3D Model-Based Technical Data suitable for manufacturing a part.Ben received the Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Maine in 1981 and a Master of Science in Computer Systems Management from the University of Maryland.
National Institute of Standards and Technology Guest Researcher
AVSEA Product Data Integration/Exchange Technical Authority