Welcome: Jack DeCamp
Meet Jack DeCamp, the newest member of our Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing Engineering team in Columbia, MO!
Q: Tell us a bit about yourself...
Jack: I was born in Columbia, but I grew up in Chesterfield, MO. Both of my parents grew up in the St. Louis area, but they currently live in Zionsville, IN. I have two younger sisters and a yellow Labrador Retriever. While in college, I did some volunteer work for Tiger Pantry (a student run food pantry at Mizzou) and Habitat for Humanity as a truck driver.
Q: What inspired you to pursue engineering as a career?
Jack: My uncle, who graduated from Rolla as a mechanical engineer, is only about 15 years older than me. He was the closest thing I had to a brother growing up. He was big into building model planes, so I was exposed to mechanical work at a young age.
Also, I have always had an interest in science and am a huge fan of the show Mythbusters. I wanted to be able to build experiments and machines like they did growing up. These two influences together made it any easy choice to become an engineer.
Q: Why is Mechanical Engineering exciting to you?
Jack: It is a hands-on profession. There is a lot of theory behind it, but there is also a lot of empirical evidence used. This means there is always going to be a trial and error aspect of the work, which keeps it interesting. It also has so many real-life applications, which makes it something you can learn about outside of a classroom almost every day.
Q: Speaking of real-life applications, you've built your own go-kart! What inspired you to do that?
Jack: After trying the ASME design team, I wanted to design and build something of my own. I’ve liked go-karts ever since my parents started taking me to go-kart tracks down in Florida over vacations. We welded the metal tubing by ourselves and hooked the motor up. I learned so much about engineering, like dynamic and static structural forces. Finally, I learned how to hook up the motor to a wheel axle and about motor specs in general.
Q: What other sports do you find exciting?
Jack: Growing up, football was my favorite. But now I would say that golf is my favorite sport to play and watch. It’s a sport me and my dad have been able to bond over when I come in town, now that we live a couple states away. It is also such a relaxing sport to watch on Sunday especially.
Q: What is one little known fact about yourself?
Jack: I'm a big fan of musicals and plays. My grandparents used to take me to The Muny and The Fabulous Fox Theatre. So, they were always a part of my life.
Q: If you could eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jack: I would probably eat pork tenderloins with peas or corn and cheesy mashed potatoes on the side for the rest of my life.