S&T women honored

Karlynn Sievers, LSci’96, Engl’96, assistant clinical professor at University of Wyoming-Casper Family Medicine, received the 2012 Missouri S&T Alumna of the Year Gold Award.

Rachel (Mace) Morris, AMth’96, assistant to the vice provost for undergraduate studies at Missouri S&T, received the 2012 Missouri S&T Alumna of the Year Silver Award.

Amber Julien, a junior in psychological science from Waynesville, Mo., received the 2012 Woman Student of the Year Gold Award.

Brittney Abel, a junior in psychological science from Republic, Mo., received the 2012 Woman Student of the Year Silver Award.

The Alumna and Woman Student of the Year Award endowment was created by three named female professors at Missouri S&T: Mariesa Crow, F. Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering; Dee Haemmerlie Montgomery, Curators’ Teaching Professor of psychology; and the late Ann Miller, former Cynthia Tang (Econ’85) Missouri Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. The awards are given to alumnae who are dedicated to enhancing the lives
of women and committed to diversity.

A curiously successful business

John Seaber, EE’09, started his business, JDS Labs Inc., as a part-time venture. Two years ago he quit his day job to give his full-time attention to the business and hire a few employees. Since then, he says revenues have grown at more than 300 percent each year and the company has been profitable every quarter. “We’re doing very well,” he says.

The company, located in Glen Carbon, Ill., makes customized, high-performance headphone amplifiers and digital-to-analog converters (DACs). One of its products, the cMoyBB V2.03, is cased inside a new Altoids tin, which protects the circuit board from some forms of electromagnetic or radio frequency interference.

JDS Labs used to outsource its custom aluminum end plates, but now owns a milling machine. “We had absolutely no machining experience, but this was the best way for us to improve our designs and control production,” says Seaber. “Our cases are of noticeably higher quality than those machined by outside shops.” Check out the company at jdslabs.com.

Donald Hey: wetland warrior

(Photo by Rebekah Raleigh)

Donald Hey, CE’63, executive director of Wetlands Research Inc. in Wadsworth, Ill., is passionate about proving the effectiveness, sustainability and economic efficiency of using restored wetlands for water quality management and flood control. He believes wetlands are the answer because they’re good for conservation and the economy alike.

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Steven Frey: Locked in on S&T

A true champion of S&T, Steven Frey, MS Phys’86, is director of applied research for Lockheed Martin Corp. in Orlando, Fla. He has been with the company since he finished graduate school.

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Solid connections

Rues brothers

Nathan (left) and Aaron Rues. (Photo by S.B. Atkins Photography)

Why support S&T?: “I got a lot out of being on the Solar Car Team, including two trips to Australia, so I want to repay some of it,” says Nathan Rues, ME’02. His brother, Aaron Rues, EE’01, agrees. “I can’t tell you how many weekends I spent at the design center working on the solar car. I give back to stay connected to S&T.”

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LaWanda Jones: Meeting the challenge

LaWanda Jones

LaWanda Jones. (Photo by B.A. Rupert)

LaWanda Jones, CE’91 (second from left), is not one to shy away from a challenge.

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Bob and Ginny Pahl

Pahls

Bob and Ginny Pahl. (Photo by Don C. Harris Photography)

Bob Pahl, ChE’68, MS ChE’70, PhD ChE’74, was a student in Rolla when the “Old Chem” building burned in the late 1960s and was still a Rolla student when a new building was constructed in the early 1970s.

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Mike Eckert: Going fast and going green

Mike Eckert grew up racing go-karts and watching Formula 1 cars on television.

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Paul Murphy: a survivor’s story

On July 30, 1945, shortly after delivering atomic bomb components to the U.S. air base at Tinian, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Of the 1,197 sailors onboard, 317 survived. One survivor was Paul Murphy, ME’50.

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Charles A. Wentz Jr.: You can call him Chef Al

Charles A. “Al” Wentz Jr., ChE’57, MS ChE’59, grew up in Edwardsville, Ill. During his career in the oil industry and then as a textbook author, professor and environmentalist for the EPA and OSHA, he lived and worked all over the world, but returned to Edwardsville to retire. Today, Wentz runs a healthcare company that operates a Lebanon, Ill., nursing home. He holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern and an MBA from SIU Edwardsville. In his role as “Chef Al,” Wentz hosts a dozen charitable gourmet dinners and barbecues at his home every year and has published three cookbooks of recipes he perfected during his travels.

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