About Me


Hi, I'm Ben Frey. This past spring I graduated from the University of St. Thomas (Saint Paul, MN) with three degrees in Physics (BS), Computer Science (BS), and Business Administration (BA) with a concentration in Entrepreneurship (2018-2022). I grew up in Chanhassen, Minnesota and have been interested in science and technology my entire life.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is my passion, but I would not be the person I am today without the experiences I had outside of STEM while growing up. As an incoming graduate student at Stanford University (Applied Physics PhD program), I am interested in the future of sensing and imaging technologies. From business to science, inspiring leadership in research and development is the path to a better future!

Additionally, feel free to take a look at some of my featured projects under the "Featured Projects" section. These projects are based on coursework from my undergraduate university curriculum.

My Education

Course Overview

Credits Taken

Course List

Mathematics and Engineering Courses

  • MATH 114 Calculus II (Fall 2018)
  • ENGR 240 Circuit Analysis (Spring 2019)
  • MATH 210 Intro to Differential Eq. & Systems (Summer 2019)
  • MATH 240 Linear Algebra (Spring 2020)
  • MATH 200 Multi-variable Calculus (Summer 2020)

Physics Courses

  • PHYS 225 Applications of Modern Physics (Spring 2019)
  • PHYS 215 Foundations of Modern Physics (Fall 2019)
  • PHYS 341 Electricity and Magnetism (Fall 2019)
  • PHYS 325 Methods of Computational Physics (Spring 2020)
      Assignment 7.1 - Animated Orbital System available on GitHub [phys325-orbital-system]
  • PHYS 410 Statistical Mechanics (Spring 2020)
  • PHYS 331 Theoretical Mechanics (Fall 2020)
  • PHYS 342 Electromagnetic Waves (Spring 2021)
  • PHYS 431 Quantum Mechanics (Spring 2021)
  • PHYS 347 Optics (Fall 2021)
  • PHYS 323 Methods of Experimental Physics (Spring 2022)

Mathematics Courses

  • MATH 114 Calculus II (Fall 2018)
  • MATH 210 Intro to Differential Eq. & Systems (Summer 2019)
  • MATH 240 Linear Algebra (Spring 2020)
  • MATH 200 Multi-variable Calculus (Summer 2020)

Computer Science Courses

  • CISC 130 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving (Fall 2019)
  • CISC 230 Object‐Oriented Design and Programming (Spring 2020)
  • CISC 231 Data Structures Using Object‐Oriented Design (Fall 2020)
  • CISC 350 Information Security (Fall 2020)
  • CISC 490 Computer Vision (Fall 2020)
  • CISC 340 Computer Architecture (Spring 2021)
      Project #3 - CPU Architecture with Instruction Pipelining available on GitHub [benfrey/project-3---pipelining-team-03]
  • CISC 380 Algorithms (Spring 2021)
  • CISC 375 Web Development (Fall 2021)
      Project #3 - RESTful API Server available on GitHub [benfrey/cisc375-project3]
  • CISC 420 Computer Graphics (Spring 2022)
      Project #2 - 3D Projections for Wireframe Rendering available on GitHub [benfrey/cisc420-3dprojections]
  • CISC 480 Senior Capstone (Spring 2022)

University Core Courses

  • SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish 1 (Fall 2018)
  • THEO 101 (J-Term 2020)
  • THEO 228 (J-Term 2021)
  • MGMT 362 Attract and Reward Talent (Fall 2021)

General Business Core Courses

  • ACCT 210 Financial Accounting (Fall 2018)
  • Business Learning Through Service (J-Term 2019)
  • MS Excel Business Applications (J-Term 2019)
  • BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good (Fall 2019)
  • MGMT 200 Working Skillfully in Organizations (Fall 2019)
  • BETH 300 Ethical Principles in Business (Spring 2020)
  • BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders I (Spring 2020)
  • ACCT 200 Managerial Accounting (Summer 2020)
  • OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management (Summer 2021)
  • FINC 310 Core Financial Management (J-Term 2022)

Entrepreneurship Courses

  • ENTR 260 Entrepreneurial Thinking (Spring 2019)
  • ENTR 250 Fundamentals of Innovation (Fall 2020)
  • ENTR 370 Entrepreneurial Financial Resource Management (Fall 2019)
  • ENTR 250 Fundamentals of Innovation (Fall 2020)
  • ENTR 355 Entrepreneurial Strategy (Fall 2020)
  • ENTR 320 Technology Prototyping (Fall 2021)
  • ENTR 450 Entrepreneurship: Management and Strategy (Spring 2022)

Honors Courses

  • ENGL 203 HONORS City Lights: Urban Experience (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 115 HONORS Philosophy of Human Person (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 214 HONORS Introductory Ethics (Fall 2019)

Honors Seminars

  • HONR 480 HONORS Exploring Identity (J-Term 2022)
  • HONR 480 HONORS All Natural (Spring 2022)
  • HONR 480 HONORS Future of US Healthcare (Spring 2022)

Graduated first in class from the Chanhassen High School Class of 2018 with a 4.0 GPA. DECA Co-President and and Student Council Vice President. Member of Key Club as well as National Honors Society, two community-focused volunteer organizations. I played baseball and basketball while attending Chanhassen High School.

Advanced Placement Tests

  • Calculus BC (2018)
  • Chemistry (2018)
  • Computer Science A (2018)
  • Computer Science Principles (2018)
  • Psychology (2018)
  • Statistics (2018)
  • English Language and Composition (2017)
  • Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism (2017)
  • Physics C: Mechanics (2017)
  • Calculus AB (2016)
  • Physics 1 (2016)

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Tests

  • History of the United States 1 (2018)
  • Principles of Macroeconomics (2018)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (2018)
  • Principles of Marketing (2018)

Other Notable Courses

  • Multivariable Calculus (2017-2018)
  • Introduction to Programming in Java (2016)
  • Marketing 1-3 (2016-201)

Featured Projects

Academic Research Experience

Research Projects

May 2020 - Nov 2021 | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Semicomputational calculation of Bragg shift in stratified materials

The response of an FBG sensor to arbitrary external stimuli represents a multiphysics problem without a known analytical solution despite the growing use of FBGs in classical and quantum sensing and metrology. Here, we study this problem by first presenting a solid mechanics model for the thermal and elastic states of a stratified material. Finally, we employ the computed surface stress and temperature distributions along the grating to analytically calculate the Bragg shift.
[Published in Physical Review E]

Jun 2021 - February 2022 | Johns Hopkins University

Multi-stage investigation of deep neural networks for COVID-19 B-line feature detection in simulated and in vivo lung ultrasound images

Deep Learning (DL) can be applied to lung ultrasound (LUS) images, aiding physicians in the diagnostic process. Our research investigates multiple signal processing stages for DL application to identify B-line features in LUS images from COVID-19 patients. Results are promising to proceed with future COVID-19 B-line feature detection using ultrasound B-mode images as the input to deep learning models.
[Published in Proc. of SPIE Vol 12033]

May 2020 - Present | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Transient and stationary state response of Fiber Bragg gratings to arbitrary stimuli

We present a complete finite element computational solution to the response of an embedded fiber Bragg grating.
[Submission soon to AIP: Applied Physics Letters]

Technology Development Experience

Personal Projects

Animted visual advertising Compusim simulation capabilities
Mar 2020 - Present | Chanhassen

Compusim - Data Visualization Startup

In March of 2020, I started a data visualization company with the goal of creating engaging and elegant interactive data visualizations. I competed with this business concept in the Fowler Business Concept Challenge at The University of St. Thomas and was selected as a semifinalist.

Photo with Dr. Laura Dunham (Dean, Opus College of Business), Ben Frey, Erik Anderson, and Dr. Julie Sullivan (President, University of St. Thomas) from the 2022 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge
Sep 2021 - Apr 2012 | St. Thomas

CleanAir - Sanitary Air Solutions

Over two billion people globally rely on open-fire cooking as their primary source of food preparation, presenting health concerns from toxic smoke inhalation. CleanAir, a company that aims to provide sanitary air quality in remote locations through the deployment of carbon credit financed solar cookstoves, finished runner-up in the FGSIC final awards ceremony.

Screenshot of virtual avatars talking in a virtual realtity environment
Sep 2017 - Mar 2018 | Chanhassen

waveVR - Social Virtual Reality

As part of a startup business plan, my DECA partner and I created waveVR with the goal of bringing social virtual reality to everyone. By making inexpensive 3D printed headsets accessible to more people, we envisioned a world where everyone has access to an immersive and interactive platform, lowering barriers to education access.

Personal Photos

Picture of my immediate family at a reunion in Seaside, Oregon

Family Reunion in Oregon

Picture of my immediate family at a reunion in Seaside, Oregon

Picture with my brother-in-law, sister, and father while golfing - one of my favorite hobbies

Golfing with Family

Picture with my brother-in-law, sister, and father while golfing - one of my favorite hobbies

Picture with my business partner and friend from Chanhassen High School after learning of our qualitifaction for the national DECA competition

MN DECA State Finalists

Picture with my business partner and friend from Chanhassen High School after learning of our qualitifaction for the national DECA competition

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