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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.

Office of the President

Welcome to Lake Superior State University!Thomas Pleger, Ph.D.

Our mission at Lake Superior State University is to help students develop their full potential. We launch students on paths to rewarding careers and productive, satisfying lives. We serve the regional, state, national and global communities by contributing to the growth, dissemination, and application of knowledge.

- LSSU Mission Statement

Overlooking the beautiful St. Mary’s River and the world famous Soo Locks, Lake Superior State University is on the grounds of the former U.S. Army Fort Brady. In the fall of 1946, the fort was transformed into LSSU to serve returning World War II veterans and it has been helping students achieve their educational goals ever since.

LSSU is known for its distinctive programs that provide a great deal of hands-on experience and research opportunities for undergraduates that are not often found at other schools. Our students work side-by-side with faculty who are dedicated to teaching, passionate about their fields of study, and genuinely care about the welfare of their students, all of whom they know by name. An LSSU education can open doors and create opportunities for the rest of your life. We are focused on student success and dedicated to supporting a community of learning and discovery. 

LSSU offers a full spectrum of majors, including many areas of professional study. All are grounded in a liberal education experience designed to teach critical thinking and analytical skills, communication skills, an understanding of math, science, and technology, and an appreciation for the human experience and the arts. These skills are the foundation for all majors and the basis for becoming an educated person. Regardless of a student’s major, all of them have the opportunity to leave Lake State as well-educated and skilled graduates ready to start their careers, go on for advanced degrees, and to continue along their path of lifelong learning. Our faculty and staff take great pride in experiential learning opportunities and engage our students in their fields of study, professions, and expertise.

Students at LSSU will find their experiences and studies to be both challenging and rewarding. We challenge them to become involved in all that LSSU has to offer both in and out of the classroom, and to take advantage of the many student activities, clubs, athletics, lectures, and performances on campus. Students and visitors alike will also want to explore the region, as our university is situated in one of the most picturesque locations of the upper Great Lakes and Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and just across the river from all that northern Ontario has to offer, too.

We want to see our students succeed, achieve, and develop an excitement and passion for learning and for the university. We’re redefining the classroom to make that happen. Come see for yourself! A campus tour is the best way to determine if LSSU is the right place for you. We’re confident that once you’re here, you won’t want to leave.

Tom Pleger
Lake Superior State University

Contact the President

Thomas Pleger, Ph.D.
Office: ADM 203
Phone: (906) 635-2202

Kaye M. Batho, Executive Secretary
Office: ADM 203
Phone: (906) 635-2202

Locate the President

The President's office is located in room 203 of the Administration Building. This is building No. 1 on the Campus Map.

President Thomas Pleger and Board of Trustee Chair, Patrick Egan

LSSU Core Values

Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Teaching is our first priority and focuses on providing student/faculty interaction, learning, and research in current, relevant programs.


Students have a wide range of opportunities to grow academically, professionally, culturally and socially. Opportunities are provided via work-study assignments, student organizations, internships, community outreach and leadership.


Students experience a campus community environment which is inclusive and welcoming.

Ethics and Values

The University promotes an environment which values honesty, openness, and courteous behavior where everyone is treated with respect.


LSSU provides a framework in which to leave the university and region financially and environmentally sound for future generations of LSSU students, alumni, and friends.

Our programs grow and evolve in ways that keep our graduates at the cutting edge of technological and societal advances. As such, we will be viewed by our constituents as:
  • The preferred regional choice for students who seek a quality education which provides a competitive edge in an evolving job market.
  • An institution where relevant concepts are taught by quality faculty, and are paired with practical real-world experience to provide a well-rounded education.
  • An institution which capitalizes on its location to instill graduates with an understanding of environmental issues and an overarching desire to be responsible stewards of the environment.
  • A University that is highly student centered and empowers all students to realize their highest individual potential.

- LSSU Vision Statement

Top Engineers


First Place
Lake Superior State University

Tied with: Eastern Michigan University

Second Place
Lawrence Technological University

Third Place
Western Michigan University

Other participants included: University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Ferris State University

2000 Society of Manufacturing Engineers Region 6 Conference

Student Design and Build Competition

March 25, 2000
Lansing, Mich.

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