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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Nikia Chapman: Queen of speed

Female rider Nikia Chapman helped lead the Human-Powered Vehicle Team to victory … in Elmo Socks. (Photo by Bob Phelan)

Stats: sophomore in geological engineering from Columbia, Mo.

Member of: Spelunking Club and Human-Powered Vehicle Team.

Claim to fame: Led the Human-Powered Vehicle team to a first-place win in ASME’s Human-Powered Vehicle Competition in Tooele, Utah, by winning first place in the women’s drag race and riding the four required “female laps” of the endurance race.

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Melissa Morrison: low-impact day

(Photo by B.A. Rupert)

For 24 hours last fall, Melissa Morrisongave up some of her favorite things — chewing gum, toasted Pop-Tarts, the Internet and texting — all in an attempt to minimize her impact on the environment.

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Eric Showalter: course under construction

Eric Showalter

Eric Showalter’s students used iPads to track construction projects in his Cost Estimating and Scheduling course. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Old class: Eric Showalter, associate teaching professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, has taught a construction management course called Cost Estimating and Scheduling for more than a decade. One semester-long assignment requires students to pick a construction site and keep a diary of everything that happens — from weather conditions to which subcontractors are on site and what work is being done. It gets them in the habit of observing and writing.

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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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Courtside lifesavers

AED

Missouri S&T athletic trainers Samantha Welter (left) and Elizabeth Sisemore (right).
(Photo by B.A. Rupert)

When athletic trainers go through certification to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation or use an automated external defibrillator (AED), they rarely think they will actually have to use that training in real life.

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