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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.

Regional Center Information

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Escanaba Regional Center

Heidi Baumgartner, Director
Bay de Noc Community College
Joseph L. Heirman Univ. Center, Office 924
Escanaba, MI 49829
Phone: (906)217-4123
Fax: (906)789-6910
Email: hbaumgartner@lssu.edu


Gaylord Regional Center

Joe Balinski, Director
University Center
80 Livingston Blvd.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Phone: (989)705-3791
Fax: (231)439-6513
Email: jbalinski@lssu.edu

Petoskey Regional Center

Joe Balinski, Director
North Central Michigan College
Administration Building, Room 48
Petoskey, MI 49770
Phone: (231)348-6623
Fax: (231)439-6513
Email: jbalinski@lssu.edu
Tentative Course Schedule

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Dereck Wonnacutt

Dereck Wonnacutt
Robotics and Computer Science

"Lake Superior State is the only robotics program of its kind in the country. I can work up any research or senior project idea with a professor or my advisor. I studied for a year in Japan through LSSU's connection with the Japan Center for Michigan Universities, and became fluent in Japanese. A Japanese company called Fanuc makes most of the robots in our lab. I'd like to roll my senior research project into a career with Fanuc that bridges the two countries and cultures."

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