Robert L. Long attended Bucknell University as a member of the Class of 1958, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Long continued his studies at Purdue University where he completed the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Nuclear Engineering in 1959 and 1962.
After graduation Long distinguished himself professionally and provided noteworthy contributions to society through his work as a professor and chair of the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico and as a leader within General Public Utilities Services Corporation (GPU) and the President of the American Nuclear Society (ANS). Long's expertise in nuclear engineering led to his active involvement in the recovery that followed the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island Unit 2 reactor in Harrisburg, Pa.
Long's career began with the U.S. Army as a Reactor Facility Supervisor where he oversaw the design, construction, and start-up of the Fast Burn Reactor Facility at the White Sands Missile Range through 1965. From 1965 through 1978 he continued his career as a faculty member and department chair at the University of New Mexico. Long was not just another professor, but a true educator. He led the first ABET accreditation of the Chemical and Nuclear Engineering undergraduate program at UNM, served as the Reactor Supervisor at the United Kingdom AWRE Variable Intensity Pulsed Experimental Reactor in 1966-1967 and the Associate Reactor Engineer at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station in New York in 1970-1971. In 1979, Long joined GPU where he served as a member of the TMI-2 Recovery Team; headed the Accident Assessment Documentation Team and supervised the Technical Planning Group; and served as Vice President and Director of the Nuclear Assurance Division with a significant role in the restart of TMI-1. From 1991 through 1992 Long served as the President of the American Nuclear Society and continued on the Board of Directors through 1994. From 1993 to his retirement in 1997 Long served as the Vice President and Director of the Services Division and then the Vice President and Director of the Nuclear Services Division at GPU. After retirement in 1997 from GPU, Long established his own consulting company, Nuclear Stewardship LLC and served for several months as the Recovery Vice President at the Northeast Nuclear Energy Company. Throughout his career, Long dedicated himself to training the industry, political and community leaders, and the general public on the lessons learned from the TMI-2 accident and the overall importance of nuclear power.
Long received the American Nuclear Society 25th Anniversary Exceptional Member Award in 1980. In 1989, he became a Fellow for the American Nuclear Society. In 1993 Purdue University awarded their Distinguished Engineering Alumnus award to Long.
His distinguished career of teaching and industry experience demonstrated the length and depth of his commitment to the profession and to society. His contributions over more than 30 years were extraordinary.
It is therefore with the highest regard and warmest affection that on October 24, 2009, the Bucknell University College of Engineering and the Bucknell Engineering Alumni Association present to Robert L. Long (posthumously) the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award.
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