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Ben Mitchell

Ben Mitchell
Mechanical Engineering '06

Ben Mitchell grew up in a devout household in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan where emphasis was placed on helping others. He traveled with his father to places such as Kenya and Peru on short-term medical missions. When he was in Kenya, a missionary explained that engineers have the greatest potential to influence the largest number of people. During high school, Ben participated in a youth mission trip to Tijuana. A result of the mission trips, his family decided to adopt three Vietnamese children when he was a junior.

All of these experiences had a great influence on Ben’s outlook on life. He decided to major in mechanical engineering and enrolled at Lake Superior State University. Near the end of his senior year, he decided to volunteer for the Peace Corps to help others.

His two-year commitment began in the fall of 2007 and took Ben to Burkina Faso in western Africa. He resides in the village of Tansila, population 3,000, approximately 10 km from the Mali border. His host organization is the local cotton growers union. It works cooperatively with other villages to improve and expand their production techniques. He serves as an agribusiness advisor as a part of the Small Enterprise Development program which helps create market linkages and assists with the advancement of business skills.

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About Daniel Sefton...

I chose to come north to LSSU as a freshman in 2006.  I graduated from LSSU in 2011 with my bachelor’s degree and many great experiences.  I was born and raised in the Thumb, but moved to Mackinaw City in 2002.  The beauty and serenity of Northern Michigan gave me an appreciation of what this area has to offer.  

My experience as a student at LSSU gave me the tools to succeed in my professional career.  The professors knew me on a first name basis and truly connect with their students during and after graduation.  I participated in the VITA program, professional clubs, and intramural sports. 

I try to be involved with my community as much as I can.  I am part of the Sault Young Professionals Organization and volunteer at many events.  I am also a huge sports enthusiast.  I love my Detroit Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, and Pistons.  When I am not watching sports, I’m participating in community sports leagues such as bowling, slow pitch softball, and hockey. 

I am pleased you are considering Lake Superior State University and will be glad help assist you in the transition to becoming a Laker.   Please contact me with any questions you may have. 

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Fax: (906) 635-2644
Email: dsefton@lssu.edu

1-(888) 800-LSSU

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International Success

Brittany Currie

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Automated tie rod assembly work cell

Second Place
Shanghi Jiao Tong University, China

Third Place
University of North Carolina

2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Student Manufacturing Design Competition

Nov. 2002
New Orleans, Louisana

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-Computer Eng.
-Electrical Eng.
-Mfg. Eng. Tech.
-Mechanical Eng.

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