Sue Osier

Honored by:Kyle and Lisa Osier
Brick location:SECTION O: ROW 17: BRICK 3  map

Sue (Tuttle) Osier was born on a rural farm near Marshalltown, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering. She continued her education and graduated in 1983 with a M.S. in Industrial Engineering. At that time, women in engineering were still somewhat of a novelty. Sue recalls the obstacles of being female in a male dominated profession, but she never let those challenges overshadow her passion for math and science.

She started her career at L3Harris Technologies (formally known as Harris Corporation) in 1983 working as an industrial engineer. A few years later she was promoted to manager. In 1998, she was named Executive in Charge of Broadcast Communications Division’s Operation and Manufacturing Center in Quincy, Illinois. She was the first woman to achieve this position within the company.

In 2009, she took on a new role as Manager of Quality Management at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois. She retired in 2017 after 34 years dedicated to the field of engineering.

Additionally, Sue served as a community volunteer. She served as President on the Board of Directors of United Way of Adams County in 2006. She continued her devotion to the community after retirement by volunteering at the local junior high and the community theatre.

Sue is also the proud mother to two sons. She is proof that it is possible to simultaneously pursue a full-time career and a full-time role as an active mother. Her commitment as an engineer inspired her two boys to follow in her footsteps- one an aerospace engineer and one a mechanical engineer. She now encourages another generation, her grandchildren.

Sue is an example of intelligence, courage, and strength to her family, friends, and community. Her name is well deserved to be among other women who not only dreamed about success, but rather worked hard for it and achieved it.

You can find Sue these days enjoying retirement in Ames, Iowa cheering on her beloved ISU Cyclones.