About This Scholarship

Donor Biography

Juergen Staudte was born in Bautzen, East Germany on December 9, 1937 where he attended primary schools until he was ten years old. At that time he and his family escaped to the west and eventually ended up reunited with relatives in Hamburg. He continued his education and by the age of 17 had earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. In 1953 he applied for immigration status to the United States and went to live with an uncle in Denver. Shortly after his arrival in Denver he received notification that he was to be drafted into the US Army. Not wanting to Join the Army he enlisted into the US Air Force and was sent back to Germany where he spent the next four years.
Upon returning to the US he joined his mother, father and two sisters who were now living in Illinois. He attended and graduated from Aurora College with a Bachelors degree in Physics and went on to Michigan State University where he earned a Masters degree in Physics. While at Michigan State University he performed research work in the field of theoretical acoustics, anisotropic solids and worked on the interaction of light -with acoustic propagating waves. He also developed a laboratory method to display sound in a solid by optical methods and performed research in final amplitude distortion and transducer properties.
During the time he was attending Michigan State University he also worked at Elgin National Watch Company as a Project and Production Engineer responsible for design, development and production of quartz crystal devices. After graduating from Michigan State University he was hired by North American Rockwell where he worked for the next four years as a member of a technical staff responsible for design, development and fabrication of SOS semiconductor arrays, mechanical resonators arrays, thin film hybrid circuitry, MOS semiconductor devices and impart-microwave oscillators.
In 1970 Juergen founded Statek Corporation in Orange, California to develop an idea of fabricating quartz crystals by photo lithographic batch processing, combining the technologies of the quartz crystal industry and the semi-conductor industry. The company grew to over $5 million in sales by l 977 with products of the photo lithographic process. The company also developed and fabricated infra-red micro lenses, ferro-optical devices, and hybrid devices. Statek Corporation licensed Seiko of Japan and ASUAG of Switzerland to produce devices by photolithographic techniques. At that time, in the mid 1970's, Statek's production techniques were the most advanced in the industry and at least seven major companies around the world were producing or setting up facilities in the photolithographic technologies. Statek was sold to ASUAG in 1979.
In 1980 Juergen founded XECO Corporation in Anaheim, California. XECO manufactured equipment for the clean room industry and moved to Cedar City, Utah in 1989. At the time of his passing in 1999, he owned 7 business world wide. He had been awarded numerous patents and received many awards for his contribution to science and the quat1z industry. He has been referred to as the Einstein of the Quartz Crystal Industry. His basic philosophy was to be a team player and set high but achievable goals.

Scholarship Criteria

Awarded to a deserving full-time student majoring in Engineering, with a minimum GPA of 2.5. The recipient must be dedicated to the Engineering program and will be selected after showing their ability to create a successful project with her engineering skills. Students must be involved with women's groups or clubs.


Engineering/Computational Sci


Engineering and Technology


Varied Dollars/yr


  • Opening: November 1
  • Final: March 1

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