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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.


Prof. Jim Devaprasad wrote a paper titled, "Testing of Products or Processes: A Low-Cost Option," after he, LSSU Mechanical Lab Engineer Jon Coullard, and several LSSU students completed a testing project for PIAB USA, a Boston manufacturing firm specializing in robotics end-of-arm tooling. (more...)

Bridging the gap from ideas to production for resource-limited businesses. Enhancing production through automation, robotics and optimization

Services

The PDC is a not-for-profit activity of the LSSU College of Engineering, Technology and Economic Development that provides fee based engineering services to businesses, entrepreneurs and inventors.
Engineering Project Managers with industrial experience participate in each project and guide skilled engineering students to provide an economical result for the client.

Whether a prototype device or process is needed or making an existing idea ready for market the PDC can help with engineering in the areas of Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Manufacturing and Robotic/Automation, Statistical Analysis, Technical Writing and Documentation.

If a project needs additional support in the business or sciences areas, the PDC can manage the project and collaborate with various departments of the university. For example, projects may benefit from the involvement of the LSSU School of Business in developing a marketing or business plan.

As a project develops from idea to marketable product, the PDC can interact with other economic development entities such as SSMartSM ( Sault Ste. Marie Advanced Resources and Technology), Inc. and other SmartZones.

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MEDC - PDC Partnership

The LSSU Product Development Center (PDC) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) work together to foster an environment to help entrepreneurs and technology companies succeed. The initial grant to support the PDC was provided by Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund, which is administered by the MEDC, Michigan's one-stop resource for business retention, expansion, and relocation projects

MEDC

Whether it's an expansion, relocation, or even a concern with an agency of state government, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) can help. From site location assistance to job training grants, from help with permits to tax abatements, the MEDC is the State of Michigan's official economic development corporation -- a one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan

 

 

 

 

Nationally Recognized

Brittany Currie

First Place: University of Florida, Gainesville

Second Place: Lake Superior State University

“Mobile Robotics Workcell – Using Robotics to Lure Young Minds to Manufacturing Engineering.”  

Third Place: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2006 ASME International Conference of Manufacturing Science and Engineering

Student Manufacturing Design Competition

October 9, 2006
Ypsilanti, Michigan

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