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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.


Meet Our 2015-16 Laker Leaders!

Keith Barker Senior Medical Lab Sciences
Ally Barton Senior Biology
Rayann Basawa Senior Nursing
Ben Bryer Senior Fine Arts
Amanda Cady Senior Communications
Hannah Conner Senior Psychology
Erich Gainer Sophomore Mechanical Engineering
Molly Hartman Senior Psychology with minor Counseling
Valerie Hirsch Senior Nursing
Jessica Keilholtz Senior Mathematics Secondary Education
Emily Keister Junior Psychology
Becka Knox Senior Nursing
Sloan Kowalewsky Senior Criminalistics
Jacob Mahoney Sophomore Fire Science
Cassie Merritt Sophomore Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement w/MCOLES
Alissa Peterson Senior Psychology
Caitlyn Schmitigal Senior Elementary Education - Early Childhood Education
Dory Shaffer Junior Political Science
Kyrstin Sheridan Junior Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement
McKenna Sloan Sophomore Nursing
Kiffin Smallegan Junior Nursing
Alicia Starks Senior Business Marketing
Katherine Stewart Senior Elementary Education - Special Education
Robert Valdez Junior Mechanical Engineering
Morgan VanWinkle Junior Geology w/ minor Geographical Information Systems
Natalie Vondette Senior Medical Lab Science
Kody Wagner Senior Communication
Julianna Weir Sophomore Homeland Security and Psychology

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Honorable Mention
Lake Superior State University

LSSU was one of five finalists that were invited to present papers at the conference. The other universities that were invited were: Cornell University, Michigan Tech, Air Force Academy, and University of Puerto Rico.

2006 UPADI Pan American Federation of Engineering Societies Convention for Engineers

Design Competition

Sept. 19-22, 2006
Atlanta, Georgia

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