Ben attended the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, CO, where he obtained his B.S. in Engineering Physics with summa cum laude honors (2011).  He then conducted graduate research with Chip Durfee at CSM, focusing on the measurement of ultrafast dynamics in semiconductors using a transient grating apparatus, which earned him a M.S. in Applied Physics (2012).  He joined the KM group at CU Boulder during the summer of 2012. In 2013, Ben was awarded the NNSA Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship. His Ph.D. research focuses on high-order harmonic generation driven by mid-infrared laser light. He enjoys soccer, volleyball, ping pong, and snowboarding.