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Senior Scores on Soccer Field, with Global Internship

November 19, 2013

By Dale Long, Director of Media Relations

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Busy Senior: Ben Green, a mechanical engineering student, had a rewarding six-month internship in France with international large-scale machinery manufacturer Manitou before returning for his senior year. He was a four-year varsity player and is a member of the Triangle fraternity. (Photos by Nicole Watkins)

When your senior year starts in the shadows of the Eifel Tower, you wouldn’t expect things could get much better. However, that’s been the case for Benjamin Green.

The mechanical engineering student contributed to the Rose-Hulman men’s soccer team advancing to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III national tournament. Green’s crossing pass led to teammate Mike Smyser scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over No. 1 ranked Ohio Wesleyan University in a second round match on November 17.

Green scored three goals and had eight assists to rank third on this year’s team in points (14). He has collected 11 goals for his four-year playing career.

Green was anxious returning to the soccer field this fall after spending a six-month global engineering internship in Nantes, France with Manitou, a leading international manufacturer of products for agricultural, high terrain, and interior projects.

He used the computer-aided design skills gained in the Rose-Hulman classroom to create a new program that is helping company officials determine the proper safety weight-load requirements for large-scale trucks, a large portion of Manitou’s business.

“I learned something new every day,” says Green about his global educational experience. “I thought it would be a great opportunity to gain some international experience, and I wanted to travel and see other parts of the world.”

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Success On Field: Ben Green helped lead the Rose-Hulman men’s soccer team to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III tournament after winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s postseason tournament.

Green continued, “I had very little French background, but after a few weeks I could communicate with co-workers. I found that engineers have a common language. I now explain things better to others. I don’t assume that they know everything I’m talking about. I learned to pay attention to the smallest of details and have patience with others. The experiences have made me a better person and engineer.”

He joined two other summer interns in discussing their educational experiences in the following company-produced video

Manitou was so impressed with Green’s work that the French company is hoping to attract more Rose-Hulman students to participate in the internship program.

“I hope to have opened doors for others in international-based internships. I would definitely encourage more students to take advantage of these excellent opportunities,” he said.

Green, from Frisco, Texas is also a member of Rose-Hulmans Triangle fraternity.