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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.


Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Lake Superior State University, Product Development Center web site. Please take the time to review the services we offer to Michgan businesses in the areas of engineering and technology. The PDC was jointly established by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the LSSU School of Engineering & Technology to fill the needs of small businesses that have limited technological resources. The Product Development Center provides services in the following areas:

As you review our capabilities and learn more about the PDC you will see examples of our unique facilities, experienced staff engineers, quality teaching environment and dedicated faculty.

While you’re looking at our web site, be sure to check out the robotics lab where you’ll find fourteen industrial robots. The robotics option is available in all our engineering and engineering technology degrees. You can also check out what’s happening with different engineering design projects and other examples of what the PDC can achieve.

Once again, welcome. If there is anything else that we can help you with please don’t hesitate to ask.

David Roland Finley, Ph.D., PE
Dean: College of Business, Engineering
906-635-2207
dfinley@lssu.edu

 

 

 

Robotics...

Dereck Wonnacutt

Dereck Wonnacutt
Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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