Benjamin Merrel

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Benjamin Merrel is an Aerospace Engineer at SpaceWorks Enterprises, Inc. (SEI). Mr. Merrel serves as a member of SpaceWork’s Advanced Concepts Group with an emphasis on hypersonic vehicle design, analysis, and tool development. Prior to joining SEI, Mr. Merrel interned with the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) groups at both Northrop Grumman and Sage Physics.
Mr. Merrel received his B.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Purdue University. During his undergraduate tenure, he focused on conceptual design of hypersonic systems as an undergraduate researcher with Michael J. Grant and the Rapid Design of Systems Laboratory (RDSL). His advanced coursework included trajectory optimization, nonequilibrium aerodynamics, and U.S. technology policy. Additionally, Mr. Merrel led a student effort to become the first university team to design and test an orbital launch capability for small satellites.