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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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Welcome Future Laker Parents!

Thank you for your interest in your child's college life. A supportive family is the fastest ticket to graduation. We know that student enrollment keeps the University alive, but the success of the students relies chiefly on the services awarded to them and the support they receive from family, friends and University staff. This page is designed to offer you easy access to portions of the website that may be of particular interest, and also to help guide you through the services and facilities that are available at Lake Superior State University.

Specific information to help answer your remaining questions


Lake Superior State University is the smallest public university in the state of Michigan.

Our class environment is similar to what you’ll find at a private school. This means your professors will know your strengths and can offer advice on internships and research projects. It also means that we are one of the safest universities you will find.

The fact that we’re a public school makes LSSU a great educational value.

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Fast Facts

Enrollment: Approximately 3,000
  Female: 53%
  Male: 47%

Faculty: 104 full-time faculty

Class size: 70% have fewer than 30 students.

Student/faculty ratio: 17:1

Where we're from:
91% Michigan residents. 07% Ontario residents, 02% out-of-state.

Study abroad: Available anywhere in the world.

Student organizations: More than 60, including a free-format student-run radio station (WLSO 90.1 FM).

Residence halls: Living options include traditional residence halls, suites, furnished apartments, two-story furnished townhouses, and historic houses. High-Speed Internet is provided in each unit.

Academic calendar: Semester system; fall and spring. Summer session; May, June and July.

Financial aid: More than 83% of LSSU students receive assistance.

Placement: 94% of graduates have obtained a job or have been accepted to graduate school within 180 days. 100% placement for engineering and nursing majors.

Alumni: Nearly 28,000

 

Vision to Succeed

Robotics Industries Association

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Design and development of low cost robotics machine tending system

Second Place
University of Waterloo, Canada

Third Place
New Mexico Institute of Mining

2001 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show

International Scholarship Competition

June 5, 2001
Chicago, IL

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