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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: MANAGER'S JOB: FOLKLORE AND FACT
Movie ID: VT3582
Movie Number: 3582
Description: Based on the article by Professor Henry Mintzberg. What does a manager really do? Organize? Plan? Coordinate? Control? That's just the beginning! Rusty Pierce, Product Manager at the Gillette Corporation, has recently been put in charge of a troubled line of personal care products. In order to rejuvenate the Silkience line, Rusty will have to manage her people and resources well. As she works to fulfill the required task. Mintzberg shows how accomplishment in the managerial role often has little to do with "traditional" managerial functions. To replace the classical theory. Mintzberg offers a method of looking at the manager's job that frees managers from the folklore that can keep them from doing their best work.
Series: HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
Part: 0
Time: 32
Department: B/E
Call Number: HD 31 .H37 1982
At LSSU: Y

Vision to Succeed

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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