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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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Rayann 'Ray' Basawa

Major: Nursing

Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Activities on and off Campus:

  • Lake State Student Nurses' Association
  • Volunteering throughout the community
  • Maintain two jobs and school

Favorite thing about Lake State:

  • The small classes
  • Close to my family
  • Friendly campus

Best thing about going to school in Sault Ste. Marie:

I was able to get the university experience while staying close to home; just like my father.

What are some “Words of Wisdom” you would give to new LSSU Students?

Don't be afraid to ask questions - everyone wants you to succeed.

Favorite Thing to do in the Soo:

  • spend time with friends
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • camping

 

 

 

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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-Mechanical Eng.

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