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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.

Parents at Lake State

Making the Most of Parent/Family Weekend

A campus visit may be right around the corner if you’re planning to attend Parent/Family Weekend this fall. Yet, it’s not just about crab puffs at receptions and shaking hands. This is a real opportunity to connect with your student! Make the most of your family weekend by:

  • Attending Classes. Some schools offer the chance to sit in on portions of popular classes. See what your student is experiencing in the classroom so you can “talk academics” throughout the remainder of the year.
  • Listening to Your Student. Listen as he tells you about the rugby intramurals team he joined or the bio lab he’s really enjoying. Listen as she tells you about a group she’d like to join or how much she has connected with her RA. This is your time together to communicate face-to-face. Try to talk less and listen more—you just may pick up on some subtleties that don’t come through via IM and phone calls.
  • Trying New Things. There will likely be quite a slate of activities available during the weekend. Try some of these new things with your student, from service projects to a cappella concerts. He/she may find a new hobby, interest or direction as a result!
  • Mingling & Meeting. Attend receptions, talk with other parents, meet administrators and faculty… these folks are at your disposal during the weekend. Plus, you’ll get a better feel for what campus life is about and who is available to your student.
  • Staying on Campus. It might be tempting to head off campus away from the hub-bub yet participating on campus is how you and your students will likely feel most connected.
  • Ooh-ing and Aah-ing Instead of Huffing and Puffing. Try to be upbeat and positive throughout the weekend. Comment on how good the dining hall food is instead of making “I can’t BELIEVE you have to eat such slop” remarks. Compliment what your student has done to make her room look homey, how pretty the campus grounds look and more. Your student will be seeing campus through your eyes this weekend.
  • Connecting with the Campus Parent Organization. If your school has a parent group, go to a meeting and look into getting involved. It’s a great way to meet other parents and to participate in the life of the campus!

And have a wonderful time!

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

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June 5, 2001
Chicago, IL

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