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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.


How to get to campus...

Driving Directions for Orientation


Campus Map Parking Map
Campus Map (pdf) Parking Map

Traveling from the South or West
Sault Ste. Marie is at the northernmost end of I-75; travel on I-75 to exit 394 (the last before Canadian toll bridge), the Easterday Avenue exit. After exiting, turn right on Easterday Avenue and continue to the first stoplight. Turn left on to campus.  At the stop sign, turn left. Follow the road around and turn left into the Arts Center parking lot (K), overflow will park in (E). 

Traveling from Canada
Cross the International Bridge and immediately after the toll booths exit to your right. At the stop sign, turn left onto Eureka Street. When you reach the intersection, turn left onto the overpass and continue on this road (Easterday Avenue) until you reach the first stoplight. Turn left on to campus.  At the stop sign, turn left. Follow the road around and turn left into the Arts Center parking lot (K), overflow will park in (E). 

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Airline Information

Chippewa County International Airport (CIU-Sault Ste. Marie)
Kinross, Michigan 49752

Rental Cars and Ground Transportation

AVIS Car Rental

Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA) Busing System

Indian Trails
Scheduled bus runs throughout Michigan and the region with daily connections to Amtrak and Greyhound networks.

Soo Line & Limo
Please call for reservations and rates.  The limo service meets all flights at the Chippewa County International Airport, in addition to taking reservations.

Thrifty Car Rental


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