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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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International Baccalaureate (IB) Equivalencies

I.B. Subject Level I.B. Grade LSSU Course Equivalent Credit Hours
Biology HL 5 or above BIOL 131 4
Business & Mgt. HL 5 or above BUSN 121 3
Chemistry HL 5 or above CHEM 115 5
Computer Science HL 5 or above CSCI 103 3
Economics HL 5 or above ECON 201 & 202 6
English A1 HL 5 or above ENGL 180 or ENGL Electives 3
Environmental Sys. HL 5 or above EVRN Electives 3
French A or B HL 5 or above FREN 151 & 152 8
Geography HL 5 or above GEOG 201 4
German A or B HL 5 or above GRMN 141 & 142 8
History HL 5 or above HIST Electives 4
Islamic History HL 5 or above HIST Electives 4
Design Technology HL 5 or above EGNR Electives 4
Math  HL 5 or above MATH 151 & 152 8
Music HL 5 or above MUSC 120 & 121 6
Philosophy HL 5 or above PHIL 204 3
Physics HL 5 or above PHYS 221 & 222 8
Psychology HL 5 or above PSYC 101 4
Soc & Cultural Ant. HL 5 or above SOCY 101 4
Spanish A or B HL 5 or above SPAN 161 & 162 8
Theatre Arts  HL 5 or above THEA Electives 3
Visual Arts HL 5 or above ARTS Electives 4

Note:  LSSU will grant credit only for Higher Level exams and scores of 5 or above. 

Competing at Graduate a Level

Brittany Currie

Third Place
Leith Nader of Lake Superior State University

2004 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Design Engineering Division (Mechanics and Robotics Committee)

28th Biennial Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Student Mechanisms Design Competition Award (Graduate Competition)

Sept. 28 – Oct. 2, 2004
Salt Lake City, Utah

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