Ben Casados was born in Park View, NM a rural mountain community in Northern New Mexico.
He attended New Mexico State University where he earned a BS degree in Biology. He taught Biology at Northern New Mexico College. He continued his graduate studies at Michigan State University, under the auspices of the National Science Foundation. He earned an M.S. Degree in Physical Science.
Ben has been involved in Science education his entire professional life. In 1964 he was one of 50 science trained people employed by NASA as Space Science Specialists and held this position concurrently with a professor status at Oklahoma State University. In this capacity Ben traveled throughout the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and South America speaking to over a hundred thousands of students and adults about space science and conducting workshops and seminars for teachers on how to incorporate the space science topics across the curriculum.
Currently he serves as the Chairman of the California Virtual Education Partnership, a non-profit entity which operates five virtual 6-12 grades high schools in California