Ben Kassel is senior subject matter expert in the definition and exchange of technical data used for naval architecture, marine engineering, mechanical engineering, and manufacturing. Following a 37-year government career, Ben joined LMI in 2018 as a technical leader supporting efforts to develop digital thread technologies that enable model-based environments. He participates heavily in digital engineering research and development and is a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Engineering Laboratory.
Ben has worked with 3D CAD software as a user, system manager, and applications developer in mechanical engineering and early-stage ship design since 1981, when he joined the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (formerly the David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center). He implemented CAD in several programs for the U.S. Navy and has participated in the National Shipbuilding Research Program at the managerial and technical levels. He also supported the digital transfer of drawings and product models, developed CAD specifications and benchmarks, and served as a technical advisor to government panels evaluating the use of CAD, product model technology, and digital data exchange in the marine industry.
While with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Ben developed the distributed systems object model for the Leading Edge Architecture for Prototyping Systems (LEAPS), the long-term retention of product model data, and the development of international standards. He also provided product data integration and exchange guidance to the NAVSEA Technical Policy and Standards Group.
In 2008, the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers awarded Ben the Elmer L. Hann Award for his paper, An Alternate Approach to the Exchange of Ship Product Model Data.
Ben received his bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in computer systems management from the University of Maryland.