Her research was primarily in the field of formal methods at USC Information Sciences Institute and the MCC Austin research consortium. She worked with NASA at Langley and Johnson centers in research and technology transfer and at the National Science Foundation as a Division Director, continuing to serve as a reviewer for NSF and Science Foundation Arizona.
Currently, Susan writes the "As Your World Changes" blog on using technology to overcome vision loss. Its articles show how podcasts and digital talking books provide classy replacements for printed media, supported by speech-enabled reading technology. She advocates that mainstream user interfaces should embrace speech as natural channels of expression for applications and websites, while striving to streamline interactions for the betterment of all users. A demonstration speech-driven podcatcher assists her to maintain a library of over 1000 podcasts on topics related to vision disability and assistive technology. Susan has sustained her fascination with software code, starting in the Sputnik era, through logic programming, search analysis, and educational animation.
Hooked on Twitter (follow slger123), Susan is facilitating exposure and training in blogging and other social media at Yavapai College Ossher Lifelong Learning Institute where she indulges in philosophy, current events, and feminist film courses. She is also involved in a startup project in distance learning with OLLI and Northern Arizona SCORE to provide outreach to elders and disabled in the region. In her spare time, she's the blog designer for her 2nd Tuesday AAUW Book Club, aimed at helping older adults to adopt RSS and blog information sharing practices.