Archives for December 2012

At Shibaura Institute of Technology

On Friday, I gave the first of two talks at Shibaura Institute of Technology, entitled "Institutional Research and Educational Assessment at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology:  Creating a Culture of Evidence."  Faculty and staff involved in SIT's Global Initiative were there, along with faculty involved with SIT's new electronic portfolio project … [Read more...]

Call for Contributors: Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food, Drug, and Water Safety

.pdf_Call for Contributors | Deadline for submissions is 28 February 2013 at 5pmCT. Summary We are seeking authors with completed or nearly completed projects to contribute chapters of 5,000-10,000 words for an upcoming anthology tentatively titled Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food, Drug, and Water … [Read more...]

Konnichiwa from Tokyo!

In my role as president of PCS, I am traveling this week to visit Shibauru Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan.  The purpose of the trip is to give two talks at the university.  My host is Atsuko Yamazaki, a member of our PCS AdCom and a faculty member at Shibaura. There has been a concerted effort by the Japanese government to … [Read more...]

Oh Wow!

Check out the latest Prism magazine, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, to read more about how engineering educators are helping students improve their written and oral communication skills. Thomas K. Grose, in an article entitled "Wow The Audience," reviews efforts at North Carolina State University, Texas Tech, … [Read more...]

Call for Papers: International Engineering Communication

Colleagues, Please consider submitting or sharing with interested colleagues: connexions Journal Special Issue on International Engineering Communication Call for Proposals The value of written and oral communication within both engineering practice and education is well understood by our discipline and has been addressed through multiple … [Read more...]

Using Social Media for Job Searching

As part of my Professional and Technical Communication course at Rose-Hulman, I ask students to revise their current resume and job application letter to target a particular job and company.  For many students, the notion of customizing the standard one-page resume, letting it reflect the company culture and its values (information available on the … [Read more...]

Unleash Your Inner Asimov

I was very pleased to read G. Pascal Zachary's Opinion piece in the November 2012 issue of the IEEE Spectrum magazine.  Yes, fiction has an important role to play in inspiring creativity among the engineering set.  In fact, according to Zachary, science fiction has influenced a host of innovative devices; Werner von Braun, the pioneer of rocketry, … [Read more...]