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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.

Board of Trustees

Member

Douglas R. Bovin

Doug Bovin is a native of the Upper Peninsula and has two degrees from Northern Michigan University where he was named alumnus of the year, 1995. He has a distinguished career in public service, serving as Gladstone mayor (4 terms), county representative and board chair (Delta County) for 16 years, Michigan state representative and assistant leader for four years. He was a teacher, mentor and department head in the Escanaba School system, where he retired. He served as Munising City Manager for over ten years, recently retiring. He has served on a number of county and regional boards, national and international committees and commissions. He and his wife Bonnie are parents of two, grandparents, and world travelers He was appointed to the LSSU Board in 2011.

Top Engineers

SME

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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