TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology graduate Keenan Long has been named a Future Industry Leader Scholar awards by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.
Long was one of five Future Leaders chosen by the organization. He will attend the SFIA Industry Leaders Summit in Baltimore on Sept. 25-26.
After completing a standout career at Rose-Hulman, including honorable mention All-American honors from d3baseball.com in 2010, Long accepted a position as a research and development engineer at Easton-Bell. His current position involves studying the science of hitting to help develop new bats and other products most impactful sporting goods manufacturers.
Long discussed about the impact of his Rose-Hulman experience in an online interview, and also talked about his current position at Easton-Bell.
"My college team was not the biggest or the fastest, but we made up for that with baseball know-how and the discipline that comes with being a student-athlete at the number one undergrad engineering program in the nation. We were on a mission to prove ourselves, and we did, earning three NCAA tournament appearances in a row," said Long.
In the future, Long hopes to continue working with his passion of baseball research.
"Easton R&D, the BatLab, is the coolest place on the planet. If I had to boil it down to one thing, it would be that I have the chance to pay my debt to the world of sports. I approach this position not with a sense of entitlement after years of sacrifice, but with a sense of indebtedness for all of hte great life experiences that have enabled me to do what I am passionate about," said Long.