Catching up with Bob Keen

From the Tech Alum News letter:

In the second of our new series: we chatted with Faculty Emeritus Bob Keen, pulling him away from his home in Chassell on one more chilly May day.

The former biological sciences professor’s career at Tech extended from 1977 to 2010, and he saw many changes over those years. He also experienced some things that stayed the same.

“The students here are self-selected and they have been for awhile,” he says. “I think Tech’s reputation is such that students coming here are really hard working and are better than the average university student.”

That can also mean many will struggle initially, he says, because they are used to succeeding in high school, and it is much harder here.

“Their first chemistry, biology or calculus class can be a rude shock to them,” he says.

They are more collegial, too, he says, having experience at other institutions where students attempted to get ahead at the expense of their classmates.

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