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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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Major: Criminal Justice Homeland Security & Law Enforcement

Hometown: Traverse City, MI

Activities on and off Campus:

  • Rho Chi Omega Sorority
  • Working on-campus at the Library and Admissions
  • Volunteering in the community

Favorite thing about Lake State:

I love the small campus and how personable it is. It has a very welcoming feel and its a great feel.

Best thing about going to school in Sault Ste. Marie:

The small town-it's never to far to get anywhere, it's beautiful and it's fun being able to go to Canada for whatever reason-nature, shopping or food.

What are some “Words of Wisdom” you would give to new LSSU Students?

Don't be afraid to ask questions to fellow students or professors, they are here to help. Also, get a physical planner, they are so helpful!

Favorite Thing to do in the Soo:

Hanging out with friends and sorority sisters and going on adventures.

 

 

 

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Second Place
Lake Superior State University

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2003 ASME Regional Students Conference District Design Competition – Region 5

March 20, 2003
Toronto, Ontario

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