Suzanna Long: An ‘80s alumna remembers

Engineering management Chair Suzanna Long, who holds four degrees from the university, recalls her arrival to campus in 1982.

Audio transcript

When I first came to the Rolla campus in 1982, I will confess, I grew up in a tiny little town, De Soto, Missouri, about 90 miles away from here. And Rolla seemed huge to me. It was probably two to three times larger than the small town where I grew up. And so I was so impressed with all the restaurants, all the stores, but the thing that really made a difference from my life was that it seemed like a magic land of scholars. Those who were doing truly interesting work. And for me, this was exactly what I had been searching for. Because my family was really short of money, then I qualified for work study. And I had what I referred to as a defining moment of my academic career, because I had a chance to meet Dr. Barbara Hale in the department of physics. I was a physics student and she wanted to hire physics undergraduates so that she could mentor them and help them see the beauty of research. And she gave me a chance. And I must honestly say that it was amazing working with her. Getting to see a keen mind, such as she had, really opened my eyes to the possibility of good research of the things that can be done if you’re willing to work hard and to stay focused. One of the things I have always been incredibly proud of is that we started with her as a mentor and as a supervisor. And now, however many years later, we’ve ended as dear friends.

Share This Story

Spark a Memory?

Share your story! Fill out the form below to share your fondest memory or anecdote of S&T. If you'd prefer not typing, you can also share by phone at 833-646-3715 (833-Miner150).

Laura Pirrone and Patrick Corcoran

Laura Pirrone and Patrick Corcoran

Laura Pirrone and Patrick Corcoran had two things in common when they met at S&T.  “We actually went to high…

Houston, we have a slight case of nausea

Houston, we have a slight case of nausea

NASA referred to its KC-125 aircraft as the “weightless wonder” because it carried college students and their experiments into micro-gravity…

Earthquake stops baseball, starts inspections

Earthquake stops baseball, starts inspections

Kamila Crane, who earned a bachelor’s degree (1985) and master’s degree (1986) in civil engineering, was prepared to start rebuilding…

Kristy Giacomelli-Feys and Dimitri Feys

Kristy Giacomelli-Feys and Dimitri Feys

Finding love after a divorce can feel like a fool’s errand. But for Kristy Giacomelli-Feys and Dimitri Feys, their first…

Katherine (Reid) and Josh Warner

Katherine (Reid) and Josh Warner

Katherine (Reid) met Josh Warner in February 2011 at a social event co-hosted by her service sorority, Delta Omicron Lambda,…

For the love of circuits

For the love of circuits

Emily Hernandez, who earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 2016, began recruiting minorities to STEM fields even before…