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Alumnus Keenan Long Still Hitting Home Runs in Sports

March 21, 2014

Long With Bat

Dream Job: Keenan Long, a record-setting catcher at Rose-Hulman, is a research and development engineer specializing in bats for Easton Sports. (Photo Provided)

     Keenan Long admits that he didn’t always appreciate the intricate scientific and technical elements behind the bats that helped him with his record-breaking amateur and professional baseball career.

     But he does now as a research and development engineer specializing in bats for Easton Sports, a leading innovator in sports equipment.

     Since 2012, Long has worked with engineering, test laboratory, industrial design, manufacturing, sales, and marketing staff members to conceptualize new bats based on technological breakthroughs and market needs. Some of those ground-breaking products will be in the hands of hitters throughout the world later this year.

     Long, a three-time all-conference catcher with a school record 24 career home runs, takes ideas from concept and iterates them through initial development, prototyping, and into final commercialization. He directs the efforts of engineering technicians to assist the advanced concept development process.

     “This is my dream job,” says the 2010 mechanical engineering alumnus. It takes advantage of his rare blend of experience as an athlete and a mechanical engineer. “I knocked on every door I could find and didn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I knew I had the skills and experience to have a positive impact in the sporting goods business.”

     The Sports and Fitness Industry Association presented Long with its Future Industry Leader in 2013. The program identifies and develops the future leaders of the industry.