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Ben DiachunBen Diachun
Palo Alto, CA
Ben Diachun is an aerospace engineer known for creating sustainable, high-growth aeronautics companies, and revolutionary new aircraft. Ben is currently president at OPENER, manufacturing electric personal air vehicles for consumer travel. Prior to joining OPENER, Ben developed a wide variety of innovative experimental aircraft as president at Scaled Composites.
Ben’s past projects include the non-stop, non-refueled, around-the-world Globalflyer; the first commercial manned spaceship, SpaceShipOne, and its follow-on SpaceShipTwo; the optionally piloted/UAV Firebird demonstrator; the high-performance experimental jet Swift; the Model 401 advanced research aircraft; and the world’s largest composites airplane, Stratolaunch, to air launch systems to orbit
Ben has a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He has certificates in Technical Management from the University of California, Los Angeles and Financial Management from the University of Virginia. He is a Commercial Pilot with Instrument, Multi-Engine and Seaplane Ratings.
Ben was part of the team that was awarded the Robert J. Collier Trophy in 2005 for the development of SpaceShipOne. In 2014, he was named in Aviation Week’s 40 under Forty. Since 2016 Ben has served as an Industrial Advisory Council member for the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University.
Ben joined the EAA Board of Directors in November 2018.