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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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Video Information
Title: VOLCANO SCAPES II
Movie ID: VT2863
Movie Number: 2863
Description: Pele's March to the Pacific! Capturing the splendor of Kilauea Volcano, this extravaganza puts you as close as you can get to the Fire Goddess, Pele! Dare to fly next to lava fountains, peer into red-hot tubes, balance precariously close to ocean explosions and boiling lava lakes. Dive to the ocean's floor as outrageous underwater video captures molten rock meeting the sea!
Series:
Part: 0
Time: 49
Department: CMG
Call Number: QE 523 .K5 .V652 1988
At LSSU: Y

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Second Place
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2003 ASME Student Design Contest – Region V

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