Five Ways Engineers Can Improve Their Writing

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Our expertise and resources are on display this month in The Institute, IEEE's news magazine. A few weeks ago, Richard House, our society's president, and Jessica Livingston, one of his co-authors on The Engineering Communication Manual, spoke with John R. Platt-a technical communication expert in his own right and The Institute's resident … [Read more...]

Sliding Into Excellence: Improving Technical Presentations for Higher Visibility, by Traci Nathans-Kelly

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Traci Nathans-Kelly, co-author of the Wiley-IEEE PCS book, Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields, is giving a live webinar on presentation design, July 28th, 1:00-2:30pm. Sliding Into Excellence: Improving Technical Presentations for Higher Visibility will help you transform your technical … [Read more...]

Teaching and Training for Global Engineering: Perspectives on Culture and Professional Communication Practices, Eds. Kirk St. Amant, Madelyn Flammia

The newest book in the Wiley IEEE PCS series, Teaching and Training for Global Engineering: Perspectives on Culture and Professional Communication Practices, edited by Kirk St. Amant and Madelyn Flammia, is now out! This book presents a range of perspectives, examples, and concepts for teaching international professional communication in … [Read more...]

Simplified Technical English and the Thumbs Up Technique (Step 3/3)

In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words. as Step #2 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In this last  article, he discusses Step#3, modifying the sentences into simple and comprehensible language, based on the suggestions … [Read more...]

CFP: CPTSC 2016, October 6 to 8, Savannah, GA

Location: Georgia Coastal Conference Center in Savannah, GA Theme: (Re)Considering Programs in Terms of Methods, Methodologies, and Practices With such dramatic growth over the last fifteen years, it is important that we take time to be reflexive about the sustainability of our programs and how we can ensure they remain responsive to the … [Read more...]

Simplified Technical English and the Thumbs Up Technique (Step 2)

In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to  determine relevant information and delete any non-relevant information as Step #1 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In his second  article, he discusses Step#2, how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words. The words you … [Read more...]

How Engineers Will Save the World | Anthony Fasano

Watch Anthony Fasano's TEDx talk on How Engineers Will Save the World: https://youtu.be/VXEKadnTmsQ Anthony is the author of the IEEE-Wiley series book, Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career, and strategies for improving communication skills in various formal and informal workplace … [Read more...]

Simplified Technical English and Clearer Documentation through the Thumbs Up Technique (1/3)

Simplified Technical English (STE) is generally considered as being of great importance for writing clear and unambiguous content, mainly for user instructions like maintenance manuals. However, many technical writers experience specific problems when implementing STE. Although theoretically possible, STE is not an easy language to learn by … [Read more...]

Using Numbers in Technical Documents

For engineers, like physicists, numbers are as important as words in reporting on their work, and carry much of the meaning behind their technical documents. However, how we write these numbers – and how we integrate them with text – may determine a reader’s understanding of that report. But remembering all the rules for numbers can  be … [Read more...]

Using Metacommunication to Create Better Teams: Pam Brewer

Communication is pivotal to effective team performance; however, establishing good communication practices can be challenging, especially with teams that interact virtually and span across cultures with different expectations for communication. That's where, Pam Brewer argues, metacommunication comes in. Metacommunication is communication about … [Read more...]