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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.

"Brady is a man of unassuming manner, and modest worth, and is quite beloved by all his officers, among whom the greatest harmony and the best understanding prevails."
- Sault Ste. Marie and its Great Waterway


  • Brady enlisted in the US Infantry in 1792 and first served with General Wayne in the campaign of 1792-95 against the northwest Indians.
  • He was promoted to the rank of captain on January 8, 1799.
  • In January 15, 1800 Brady was honorably discharged to retire to civil life. He remained inactive until the outbreak of the War of 1812 when he enlisted in the United States Army. He reentered the army with the rank of colonel. In the Battle of Lundy's Lane he was wounded so severely he was kept from active duty for the remainder of the war.
  • Following the War of 1812 Brady was stationed at Sacketts Harbor as colonel of the Second Infantry. He led his troops from Sacketts Harbor to the Sault three years later to establish a US garrison there. Upon arrival he was promoted to Brigadier General and built a fort with his crew of 250 men.
  • Many years later he was given command of the Northwestern Department of the Army with headquarters in Detroit. On May 30, 1848 he was promoted to the rank of Major General. He died three years later on April 15, 1851 from a fractured skull.
  • Brady fractured his skull while riding in his carriage. His horse ran away and he was thrown to the ground, hitting his skull upon a rock. He died after struggling for five days.
  • History records Brady's funeral as the most imposing military funeral the city of Detroit had ever witnessed

Vision to Succeed

Robotics Industries Association

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Design and development of low cost robotics machine tending system

Second Place
University of Waterloo, Canada

Third Place
New Mexico Institute of Mining

2001 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show

International Scholarship Competition

June 5, 2001
Chicago, IL

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