Archives for February 2013

Job Posting: Instructional Consultant Writing Specialist for Engineering

Application review begins: March 2013, position open until filled The Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT) in the UW College of Engineering currently has an outstanding opportunity for an Instructional Consultant Writing Specialist for Engineering. The responsibilities of this position include developing and supporting effective … [Read more...]

Enrollment Management and Institutional Research in Kyoto, Japan

So, what do EM and IR have to do with Kyoto, Japan, one of the most iconic and historic of all Japanese cities?  At first glance, not much, but Kyoto is the site this weekend (February 22-23, 2013) for the 3rd Study Session on EM and IR, sponsored by Professor Shinji Fukushima of the Office of Enrollment Management at Yamagata University.  I was … [Read more...]

Check Out the Fourth Quarter 2012 Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

If you have not done so already, check out the most recent issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication.  The issue features these articles: Note that you can view issues online, as noted earlier, at A subscription is required to view articles.   IEEE Professional … [Read more...]

The Golden Rule of Clarity

I often hear engineers complain about the lack of clarity in the writing they read. Sometimes this complaint is phrased in terms like "this report doesn't flow," or "I can't understand what the point of this memo is."  Teaching engineering students to write clearly is my job, of course, and teaching clarity is one of my three favorite lessons to … [Read more...]

Registration Now Open for Online RosEvaluation Conference 2013

Registration is Now Open! WHERE: Participate from anywhere (This year we are hosting RosEvaluation as an ONLINE EVENT!) WHEN: April 1 and 2, 2013 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has a long tradition of offering an annual assessment conference on our campus.  This year we are expanding the global reach of the conference by offering the … [Read more...]

IEEE Meeting Series–Leadership Orientation

I'm in Austin, Texas this week for the IEEE meeting.  This meeting brings together all areas within IEEE, and it is one of our 3 meetings per year to conduct the business of our society. I attended the Leadership Orientation for New Society Presidents in November 2011, just before I assumed the role as PCS President.  This year I'm back to … [Read more...]

Featured Article: Picture Perfect: Using Illustrations in Technical Communication

By Samartha Vashishtha, Content and Community Lead, Adobe Systems Ten years ago, a feature1 made a startling observation. It warned that the addictive nature of Web browsing could leave the average human with an attention span of nine seconds—“roughly that of a goldfish.”2 The Internet has only become a bigger and busier place over the … [Read more...]

Survey on using international virtual teams in engineering

Dear Engineering Professional-- If you are an engineer or a professional who works closely with the engineering process, please participate in this survey on using international virtual teams in engineering. Why should you give 30 minutes of your time to this survey? The survey will provide data on the use of virtual teams internationally … [Read more...]

I’m Back!

My academic term--the winter quarter that began before Christmas and runs 10 weeks--is coming to an end. As my vision clears, I realize that I haven't been a responsible blogger for some time.  Students in my Technical Communication class have received most of my attention, and I am confident that they are better engineering writers than they were … [Read more...]