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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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The President's Cabinet

Director of Athletics

Kris Dunbar
Phone: 906-635-2625

Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Philip Espinosa
Phone: 906-635-2697

Vice President of Finance

Sherry Brooks, MBA
Phone: 906-635-2216

President

Thomas Pleger, Ph.D.
Phone: 906-635-2202

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Morrie Walworth, MSEE
Phone: 906-635-2211

Executive Director of LSSU Foundation

Tom Coates
Phone: 906-635-6670

Vice President for Enrollment Services

William Eilola, MBA
Phone: 906-635-2757

Vice President for Student Affairs

Ken Peress, D.Ed.
Phone: 906-635-2634



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Brittany Currie

Third Place
Lake Superior State University

2004 ASME Student Design Contest – Region V

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