PI: Sili Deng

PhD Candidate

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2013

Benjamin Koenig is a PhD student in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering with an interest in the thermal-fluid sciences. He studies chemically reacting flows and combustion-based synthesis methods experimentally and computationally, and hopes to facilitate the modelling of complex real-world combustion phenomena. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an Alfred P. Sloan 2021-2022 Scholar. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in French at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was recognized with various honors and awards for his work. He has held many leadership and mentoring roles, including as a TA for an upper-level undergraduate heat transfer course, and looks forward to continuing to increase accessibility in his field as a graduate student.


  • Bhabra, M.S.*, M.M. Doshi*, B.C. Koenig*, P.J. Haley, Jr., C. Mirabito, P.F.J. Lermusiaux, C.A. Goudey, J. Curcio, D. Manganelli, and H. Goudey, 2020. Optimal Harvesting with Autonomous Tow Vessels for Offshore Macroalgae Farming. In: OCEANS ’20 IEEE/MTS, 5-30 October 2020, pp. 1-10. doi:10.1109/IEEECONF38699.2020.9389474.


  • 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • 2021, 2020, and 2019 American Society of Naval Engineers Tidewater Section Admiral David Donohue Scholarship
  • 2021 MIT Mechanical Engineering Department Carl G. Sontheimer Prize for Creativity and Innovation in Design
  • 2020 MIT Mechanical Engineering Department AMP Inc. Award for Outstanding Performance in Mechanics and Materials
  • 2019 MIT Mechanical Engineering Department Ernest Cravalho Award for Outstanding Performance in Thermal Fluids Engineering