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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.


Senior Projects

The LSSU College of Engineering, Technology and Economic Development continues its long tradition of requiring that Baccalaureate programs in engineering include a senior design experience to prepare students for the transition from college to employment or the rigors of graduate school. All engineering and engineering technology baccalaureate students participate in a senior project. Students with diverse backgrounds are placed into groups to problem solve and develop the final product or conclusion.

Industry-sponsored projects are welcomed but should be of a scope that would fit within the September through April school year and employ the services of 4 to 6 students from the varied disciplines.

See the link below for senior projects from this and previous years.

PDC Projects

The PDC evolved from this Senior Project program to include:

  • Employment of skilled students in any year of an Engineering Baccalaureate program
  • Projects with a broad scope of time or skill requirements
  • Projects that do not coincide with the school year
  • Engineering Project Managers with industrial experience manage and participate in each project
  • Collaboration with the LSSU School of Business on client projects


Each PDC client signs a Project Agreement covering, among other things, confidentiality and non-disclosure by the PDC and its workers.
Most of the PDC projects involve pre-patent prototypes which can not be made public.
The following links are related to PDC projects that are now public:

PDC Project Types

Numerous projects have been completed and others are in process comprising a wide range of applications:

Life Sciences

  • DVT prevention
  • Surgical
  • Paraplegic health aids
  • Veterinary

Industrial

  • Remote Process Monitoring
  • Process Data Logging Tool
  • Assembly Automation

Testing

  • Strength of Materials
  • Flamability
  • Analysis for litigation

Sports Products

Consumer Electronics

Web/Database Design

Patent Drawings

3D CAD and Finite Element Analysis

Renewable Energy

 

 

 

1st Place in Robotics!

COGNEX

First Place
Lake Superior State University

Windshield adhesive inspection robotic work cell

2003 Cognex On-Campus Competition

May 9, 2003
Cognex
Natec, Mass.

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