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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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Title: SEASONS OF THE NAVAJO
Movie ID: VT3706
Movie Number: 3706
Description: Carries us through a year in the life of a family, showing how nothing is wasted. How the wool from their beautiful, long haired sheep is spun into thread, dyed with the colors of flowers and leaves, and hand woven into the lovely rugs for which the Navajo are famous. Strong ties to family and tradition bring a sense of great heart of "Seasons Of The Navajo." As we watch grandparents teach children, and impart the ancient 'blessings of kindness,' we see how these people are preserving a unique culture. Told in the family's own words, "Seasons Of The Navajo" offers rare insights on a life untouched by the modern world, a glimpse through a window in time.
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Time: 60
Department: LIB
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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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