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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.


Student Workers

The LSSU PDC employs students to work on projects. Students are hired based up their skills to complete specific tasks. Although PDC Student Workers tend to be Juniors and Seniors, any students with needed skills may apply. Besides the areas of Engineering and Engineering Technology, projects sometimes require skills in business, marketing and computer science.
Student Workers are under the supervision of Engineering Projects Managers who have experience in industry and provide mentoring through the projects.
Most of the PDC projects involve pre-patent prototypes which can not be made public. These projects provide the opportunity to work with inventors on novel product concepts.
Experience gained from working on PDC projects is a resume' builder and has drawn the interest of potential employers.

Requirements

The PDC student worker requirements include:

  • Sign, and abide by the terms of, the PDC confidentiality agreement
  • Be eligible to work for an LSSU department
  • Possess skills needed by a specific PDC project

PDC Project Types

Numerous projects have been completed and others are in process comprising a wide range of applications:

Life Sciences

  • DVT prevention
  • Surgical
  • Paraplegic health aids
  • Veterinary

Industrial

  • Remote Process Monitoring
  • Process Data Logging Tool
  • Assembly Automation

Testing

  • Strength of Materials
  • Flamability
  • Analysis for litigation

Sports Products

Consumer Electronics

Web/Database Design

Patent Drawings

3D CAD and Finite Element Analysis

Renewable Energy

 

 

 

Nationally Recognized

Brittany Currie

First Place: University of Florida, Gainesville

Second Place: Lake Superior State University

“Mobile Robotics Workcell – Using Robotics to Lure Young Minds to Manufacturing Engineering.”  

Third Place: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2006 ASME International Conference of Manufacturing Science and Engineering

Student Manufacturing Design Competition

October 9, 2006
Ypsilanti, Michigan

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