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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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Phone: (906) 635-6687
Fax: (906) 635-6696
Email: mmarkstrom@lssu.edu

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  • Sault Ste. Marie (Michigan and Ontario)
  • Eastern Upper Peninsula Counties
    • Chippewa
    • Luce
    • Mackinac
  • Northern Ontario

I am a graduate of The University of Michigan.  I was raised in Sault Sainte Marie (SSM), Michigan, home to Lake Superior State University.  I lived in Ann Arbor, MI for several years, and returned to SSM in 1994.  I have worked in higher education for nearly 20 years.  Prior to joining the Admissions team at LSSU, I worked in the Financial Aid Office for seven years.

My greatest passion is helping people take positive steps in the right direction to lead them to a brighter future.  I feel very strongly that education is a fundamental element of this goal.   

The features of LSSU that I feel are of tremendous value is our small size and our desire to take a personal approach to educating students.  Not only are the class sizes small so that students can feel comfortable asking questions and seeking help, but our professors are truly dedicated to teaching.  They are highly accessible to students, supplying one-on-one assistance when needed. 

It is my pleasure to assist students and parents in the admission process.  I thoroughly enjoy helping students identify areas of interest and a pathway to pursue their goals.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

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ASME

First Place
Lake Superior State University

2007 ASME District B Student Professional Development Conference

Impromptu Design Contest

March 30-April 1, 2007
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Hosted by ASME Student Section, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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