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Meet Ben Lentz


Hi, my name is Ben Lentz. I am a third-year Industrial Design major at Jefferson. I love my major and I’m excited to be working at the Design Center to use my knowledge that is slightly different from most people here. I am aware of how wide my major can span when it comes to opportunities, so I am always eager to learn a new skill.  When I was introduced to the mount-making position here at the Design Center, I knew I wanted to discover more about it and potentially add projects to my portfolio that are different than anything I have done before.

I enjoy sketching and 3D printing, which I get to do all the time in my major. I have worked with my fellow industrial designers at Jefferson and had the opportunity to do projects with famous alumni and other outside businesses for some of my projects. Some of those projects included making my own desk lamp through 3D printing where I made everything from the lampshade down to the code for the lights. I even got first honorable mention in a competition sponsored by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for designing a modular hanging seating experience.  There was a cash prize and I, along with other winning classmates, got to meet designer Rowan Bouroullec, whose work the competition was based on.            

Modular hanging seating experience, design by Ben Lentz

Overall my experience and journey here at Jefferson have guided me to meet new and interesting people and learn new types of skills that I never would have thought I would be doing. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can give to the Design Center and what it can give back to me.

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