Judah Epstein is making a racket around SMU - both on and off the court. The budding entrepreneur not only plays a vital leadership role among engineering students at SMU, but also plays both singles and doubles on SMU's varsity tennis team, which took second place in the 2003 WAC Conference Championship.
Judah says he became interested in technology during his junior year of high school, when he learned programming to make web pages. In his senior year of high school, he started building robots and joined the Dallas Personal Robotics Group.
Judah has pursued both these interests - and more - at SMU. He has put his web design skills to use for the School of Engineering and for SMU's STARS (Student Technology Assistance in Residence) program, which creates websites, course pages and tools, scripts, and multimedia applications for SMU faculty. He has continued his interest in robotics by working on the programming for the Pneumatic Haptic Interface (PHI) System being developed in the school's Robotics Lab.
He's also gotten involved in numerous other extracurricular activities, including Student Engineers Joint Council (he's organized the council's annual awards banquet the past two years), Hillel-Jewish Students Association, SMU racquetball club, softball and a variety of shooting sports.
Judah says he plans to combine his interests in sports and technology and start his own company that would create new technological advances for sports and outdoors activities. He's already started one such company called Shotgun Solutions, Inc. to sell a specialized ammunition that will allow users to easily shoot sub-gauge shotgun shells in a larger gauge shotgun. If he becomes a successful entrepreneur, Judah says he wants to give some of his profits to various religious and environmental charities he has been involved with.
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