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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.

Office of the President

LSSU is known for its distinctive programs that provide a great deal of hands-on experience and research opportunities for undergraduates that are not often found at other schools. Our students work side-by-side with faculty who are dedicated to teaching, passionate about their fields of study, and genuinely care about the welfare of their students, all of whom they know by name. An LSSU education can open doors and create opportunities for the rest of your life. We are focused on student success and dedicated to supporting a community of learning and discovery.

- Thomas Pleger Ph.D.

LSSU Mission Statement

Our mission at Lake Superior State University is to help students develop their full potential. We launch students on paths to rewarding careers and productive, satisfying lives. We serve the regional, state, national and global communities by contributing to the growth, dissemination, and application of knowledge.

LSSU Vision Statement

Our programs grow and evolve in ways that keep our graduates at the cutting edge of technological and societal advances. As such, we will be viewed by our constituents as:

  • The preferred regional choice for students who seek a quality education which provides a competitive edge in an evolving job market.
  • An institution where relevant concepts are taught by quality faculty, and are paired with practical real-world experience to provide a well-rounded education.
  • An institution which capitalizes on its location to instill graduates with an understanding of environmental issues and an overarching desire to be responsible stewards of the environment.
  • A University that is highly student centered and empowers all students to realize their highest individual potential.

Approved by the Board of Trustees, November 11, 2011

 

1st Place in Robotics!

COGNEX

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Windshield adhesive inspection robotic work cell

2003 Cognex On-Campus Competition

May 9, 2003
Cognex
Natec, Mass.

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