Title: Associate Professor
Company: United States Military Academy
Location: West Point, Colorado, United States
LTC, EN Benjamin M. Wallen, PhD, PE, PMP, Associate Professor at the United States Military Academy, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers and Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in engineering education.
Growing up in a military family, Dr. Wallen was always attracted to the patriotic lifestyle. His father and grandfather served with the military, which inspired him to want to follow their example and join the forces. Moreover, joining the U.S. Army would allow Dr. Wallen to travel the world and uphold the message of the armed forces. Excited to make a difference, he enrolled at the United States Military Academy. In 1996, Dr. Wallen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering. In the years that followed, he earned a Master’s degree in geological engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a Master’s degree in environmental engineering technology from the University of Texas at Austin. Later, in 2016, Dr. Wallen earned a Doctor of Philosophy in civil and environmental engineering technology from the Colorado School of Mines.
In 1997, Dr. Wallen commenced his career as a platoon leader in the 588th engineer battalion at Fort Hood in Texas. As he gained more experience, he proceeded to take on roles of higher responsibility, including company executive officer. In 2001, Dr. Wallen relocated to Fort Riley in Kansas, where he served as an assistant brigade engineer and company commander. In 2005, he ventured into education, taking on the role of geography and environmental engineering instructor in West Point, New York. Three years later, he became an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy. Although he thoroughly enjoyed working as a professor, he redirected his career for several years and returned to his military duties. From 2011 until 2012, Dr. Wallen served in Fort Carson, Colorado, before becoming the construction program manager at the Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq until 2013. By 2016, he was able to return to education, becoming an assistant professor at the United States Military Academy. After only four years, Dr. Wallen was promoted to become an associate professor, in which he continues to excel in the role today.
In light of his myriad accomplishments, Dr. Wallen has been abundantly awarded. As a testament to his military success, he has earned numerous Meritorious Service Medals, U.S. Army Commendation Medals and U.S. Army Achievement Medals. Further, his excellent service was recognized in 2013 and 2020 with Bronze Star Medals. In recognition of his impressive work as an educator, Dr. Wallen earned the Bliss Medal for Teaching Excellence from the American Military Engineers in 2019. More recently, in 2020, he became the Dean’s Fellow for Remote Teaching and Distance Learning at the United States Military Academy. Reflecting on his success, Dr. Wallen credits his success to his inherent positivity, as he consciously chooses to make every day a good day. Looking toward the future, he hopes to continue making a difference in the lives of his students. Likewise, Dr. Wallen would like to leave the world a better place than he found it.
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