Ben Ascher


I was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Southeast Pennsylvania. I studied physics for two years at Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute before finishing my bachelor's degree in meteorology from Penn State. I joined the van den Heever group in Fall 2021. I'm currently a Master's student using the RAMS numerical model and a single-column microphysics model to investigate the growth and radiative behavior of ice crystals in convective anvils. In my spare time, I like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, science fiction, and swing dancing.


BS, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2021


Chi Epsilon Pi, 2020

Teaching Experience

ASTRO 292 (Astronomy of the Distant Universe), Learning Assistant, Spring 2021
ASTRO 291 (Astronomical Methods and the Solar System), Learning Assistant, Fall 2020
Jewish Children's Folkshul Classroom Assistant, Fall 2013-Spring 2017

Volunteer Positions

Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) Trail Maintenance Assistant, 2017
Pathology Assistant, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, 2015-2016


FAA Part 107 Licensed UAS Pilot

Last Updated: 11/21