student headshot Ben

“Being an effective designer requires more than just sketching and rendering abilities, which is why the IDM program at MIT stood out to me.”

Ben is an enthusiastic designer who is always focused on the end user. His passion for collaboration is only surpassed by his ability to come up with 99 solutions to a given problem—just ask him about the basketball and the hoop. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he began work as an industrial designer at Lowe’s Home Improvement for Kobalt power tools, where he was involved in all phases of the development process. As a strong visual communicator who loves to ideate, Ben also places high emphasis on prioritizing user needs, balancing manufacturing constraints, and understanding the market. Where does Ben see himself in the future? “I want to solve challenging problems in thoughtful ways and make meaningful contributions to the way people interact with the world around them.”