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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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After Graduation...

A Partial List of Employers who Recruit and Hire LSSU Graduates:

  • A.T.&T.
  • Adams Electronics
  • Aetna Casualty and Life
  • Algoma Steel
  • Allstate Insurance
  • American Red Cross
  • Applied Manufacturing Technology
  • Arthur Anderson and Co.
  • Associated Spring
  • Atlantic Richfield
  • Austin Co.
  • Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Bay Medical Center
  • Bendix
  • Betchel Power Corp.
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • Blodgett Memorial Medical Center
  • Boysville of Michigan
  • Canada Life
  • Canada Packers, LTD
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
  • Central Michigan Community Hospital
  • Champion Inc.
  • Chevrolet Metal Casting Plant
  • Chippewa Correctional Facility
  • Chrysler Corporation
  • Consumer Power Co.
  • Control Engineering
  • Corps of Engineers
  • Creative Solution, Inc.
  • Detroit and Northern
  • Detroit Edison
  • Dow Chemical
  • Dow Corning
  • Dresser Crane Hoist and Tower
  • Dura Automotive Systems, Inc.
  • East Jordan Iron Works
  • Edison Sault Electric Co.
  • Electrolux
  • Electronic Data Systems
  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car
  • Equitable Life Insurance Co.
  • Ernst & Young
  • Essex Wire Co.
  • Ethyl Corp.
  • EUP Intermediate School District
  • FANUC Robots
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • F.B.I.
  • Federal Deposit Ins. Corp.
  • First of America Bank
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • F.M.C. Corp.
  • Fort Howard Paper Co.
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • General Telephone of Michigan
  • General Telephone of Wisconsin
  • Gilbert/Commonwealth
  • Grace Hospital Great Lakes Steel
  • Harneschfeger
  • Harris Corp.
  • Hartford Life Ins. Co.
  • Hewlitt-Packard Co.
  • Hitachi
  • Hoerner-Waldorf Co.
  • Holiday Inns of America
  • Honeywell, Inc.
  • Illinois Central Industries
  • Inland Steel
  • I.B.M.
  • I.D.S.
  • I.T.T.
  • Iowa Power and Light
  • Jervis B. Webb
  • John Hancock Mutual Life
  • K-Mart
  • Kimberly Clark
  • King Radio, Kansas City
  • L.T.V. Steel
  • London Life Ins.
  • Manistique Pulp and Paper Co.
  • Maremont Research and Engineering
  • Marion Laboratories
  • Mayo Clinic
  • McDonald Systems
  • McDonnell-Douglas Corp.
  • Mead Corporation
  • Meijer Inc.
  • Metropolitan Life
  • Michigan Bell
  • Michigan Claims Service
  • Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources
  • Michigan Department of Public Health
  • Michigan National Bank
  • Michigan Scientific
  • Michigan State Auditors
  • Michigan State Police
  • Micro Switch (Honeywell)
  • Midland-Ross
  • Mirro Aluminum
  • Modern Engineering
  • Moor Business Forms
  • Motorola Communications and Electronics
  • Mutual Life of Canada
  • Nartron
  • National Cash Register
  • National Sanitation Foundation
  • Northern Michigan Hospitals
  • Northwestern mutual Life Insurance
  • Ohio Edison
  • Oldsmobile Div. GMAC
  • Ontario Lottery Corporation
  • Ontario Provincial Police
  • OSCO Drug Co., Inc.
  • Peace Corp
  • Peoples Gas Chicago
  • Peat, Marwick and Mitchell
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Powers Regulator
  • Price Waterhouse Inc.
  • Process Computer Systems
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Prudential Life Insurance
  • Pullman Inc.
  • Ralston Purina
  • Reliance Electric co.
  • Rockwell International
  • Rouge Steel
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Sandia Laboratories
  • Sears
  • Seidman and Seidman
  • Simpson Sears
  • Sparton Electronics
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Steelcase
  • Sun Electric Corp.
  • Surface Combustion
  • Tendercare
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Thomas Design and Engineering
  • Top of Michigan Electrical Corp.
  • Trellis Software Controls
  • UARCO
  • U.P.S.
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Civil Service
  • U.S. Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. General Accounting Office
  • U.S. Internal Revenue
  • U.S. Marines
  • U.S. Navy
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • U.S. Social Security
  • U.S. Soil conservation
  • Ultraspherics
  • Unisys corp.
  • Universal Electric
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Walmart
  • War Memorial Hospital
  • Weldon International
  • Western Electric
  • Whirlpool
  • Wickes, Inc.
  • Xerox
  • Zellers, Ltd.

"Employers continue to seek graduates with a well-rounded education, a positive attitude, and who have demonstrated their ability for further learning as employers attempt to meet the challenge of their ever-changing markets. Given the good, extended economic forecast and increased need for ongoing technological innovations, the college-educated work force will continue to grow."

--Theresa Weaver, Director
Center for Career Services


Some significant trends and factors of graduate placement are:

  • Michigan ’s continued healthy manufacturing climate is still providing many good employment opportunities, causing fewer graduates to leave the state. In recent years, because of the NAFTA agreement, our Canadian graduates often found employment in the United States .
  • The continued high demand for nurses in our country has driven up entry level nursing salaries, similar to the national trend.

A Partial list of Graduate Schools Graduates Attend:

  • University of Michigan
  • Michigan State University
  • Wayne State University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Central Michigan University
  • John Hopkins University
  • University of Western Ontario
  • Indiana University
  • Purdue University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Cooly Law School
  • Detroit School of Law
  • Western Michigan University

 

 

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