Having initially graduated from WPI with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1995, I returned to teach part-time and pursue graduate studies in 2007. While the intervening years as a professional planner provided me with a wide variety of experience assisting towns and regions with long-term planning goals, the teaching and project advising activities at WPI have been infinitely more rewarding. I teach classes in urban and environmental planning and advise undergraduate projects in those topics and others. My research interests were primarily focused on storm water management because I view that field as a satisfying combination of engineering and planning disciplines. In a broader context, I am also concerned with finding sustainable solutions to food, water, and energy management. They are inextricably related to each other and are all finite resources that we rely on for sustenance and well-being. When I'm not at WPI, I keep busy at home with my family and friends: growing food; running a brewpub with my husband in Sturbridge; visiting the many waterside edges in New England; and pouring a lot of spiritual energy into writing, performing, and recording original music.
Professional Highlights & Honors
Boston 25 included an interview with Suzanne LePage, an instructor of civil engineering, in its segment, "Would You Pay Extra in an express lane if it meant avoiding traffic?" LePage worries that this would still create a traffic hierarchy based on who can pay. “Anytime you introduce a cost to things, you have to think about equity and justice and is that now restricting access to some people in our population.”
Boston 25 interviewed Suzanne LePage instructor, civil engineering, for its segment on how telecommuting could help ease Boston traffic. “If we’re going to work within the capacity that we have then that seems to me a logical solution,” she said.