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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: SEARCHING FOR BALCK HOLES
Movie ID: VT3811
Movie Number: 3811
Description: At the center of galaxy NGC 1275--some 200 million light years from earth--there might be a supermassive black hole, one of the most intriguing objects in the universe. In an attempt to map the galaxy and look deep into its heart, John Conway links an international team of astronomers and radio telescopes throughout Europe and America. This linkage--in effect a telescope 6,000 miles in diameter stein, the co-discoverer of quasars, the most powerful known objects in the universe, and Italian radio astronomer Tiziana Venturi, who describes what she finds so enthralling about astronomy.
Series: ASTRONOMERS
Part: 2
Time: 60
Department: CMG
Call Number: QB43.2 A87 1991
At LSSU: Y

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"Professor Kelso had no qualms in throwing me into stuff thatís usually done for senior research," White says. "It was an opportunity that was instrumental to my success as a student and a pivotal moment in my life." [ more ]

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