Ben was born in 1977 and lives in Reno, Nevada with his wife and two daughters. His debut novel, The Flamer, was originally published by Aqueous Books in 2012 and re-released by Baobab Press in 2018. His writing has appeared in a variety of literary publications and earned a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and a Sierra Arts Foundation grant. He is the lead author of Nanotechnology: Understanding Small Systems (CRC Press), the first-ever comprehensive college textbook on nanotechnology, now in its 3rd edition, and also Nanotechnology: The Whole Story (CRC Press), a general audience book.
He studied engineering and journalism in college and has a masters degree in mechanical engineering. He’s worked as a business analyst, a newspaper reporter, a teacher, and a scientist at various labs, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (More about this work can be found here.) Since 2004 he has been the Principal Engineer at Nevada Nanotech Systems.
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