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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: CAMPAIGN SPENDING: MONEY & MEDIA
Movie ID: VT1660
Movie Number: 1660
Description: "High-priced, high-tech campaigns have dramatically altered the way candidates win votes," says Fred W. Frendly. "What matters today is money but does the cost of campaigning corrupt the system? That question serves as the basis for this analysis of the laws governing campaign financing and spending. These laws are analyzed in a scenario in which a four-term Congressman battles a wealthy industrial for a Senate seat. Some panelists argue that current laws benefit very few would-be candidates. "The only people who are running for office," says John Lindsay, "are those who have large sums of money or access to it. "But while Lindsay calls for reforms, Terry Dolan of...spend more money advertising dog food...than we do in electing a Congress." Other panelists include Sen. Nancy Kassebaum; Ex-Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart; Pres. Barney Frabk & Henry Hyde; political
Series: THE CONSTITUTION
Part: 7
Time: 0
Department: SS
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Vision of 1st Place

Robotics Industries Association

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Automated Assembly of Seat Indexing Mechanisms

Other award recipients: Carnegie Mellon University, and a team comprised of students from University of Kentucky, University of Florida, and the Colorado School of Mines

1999 Robotics Industries Association: Robotics & Vision Show

May 11, 1999
International Scholarship Competition
Detroit, Mich.

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