Ph.D. (Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics) University of Minnesota, 2016
M.S. (Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics) University of Minnesota, 2013
B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) Cornell University, 2008
Dr. Bender joined Spectral Sciences, Inc. as a Principal Scientist in March 2022. His core interests are multidisciplinary computational science, experimental design, and high-performance computing. His areas of expertise include computational fluid dynamics (CFD), hypersonics, high-energy-density (HED) physics, turbulent mixing, and energetic materials. From 2016 to 2021, he was a Design Physicist on the technical staff of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). His work at LLNL focused on several distinct areas, including basic research of shock-induced instabilities and mixing in HED plasmas realized at the National Ignition Facility; and leadership, design, and analysis of integrated experiments for national security programs in the Department of Energy (DOE). His doctoral research at the University of Minnesota, spanning from 2010 to 2016 and supported by a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, consisted of molecular dynamics analyses of air thermochemistry in hypersonic flows, with a view toward improving CFD capabilities for advanced aerospace applications. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked as a mechanical engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, supporting design and testing of the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft.