2016 Conference Recap and Awards!


Thanks to all of the conference organizers and attendees for a great ProComm 2016 at the University of Texas in Austin, a fabulous city and conference venue! Bob Metcalfe kicked off the conference with a enlightening talk on entrepreneurship communication, outlining the various ways in which our words and actions can carry ourselves and our … [Read more...]

Workshop: Technical Communication for Engineers in the Globalization Age


We are announcing a two day long workshop on Technical Communication for Engineers in the Globalization Age, in San Salvador, El Salvador, October 13-14th, 2016. Training Objective: To present the characteristics of communication in the globalization age, better use of the Spanish language in technical fields, its main tools, applications … [Read more...]

Ron Blicq: An Oral History of the Technical Communication Field and the IEEE Professional Communication Society

Ron Blicq has been integral to the development of technical writing as a field, and to the IEEE Professional Communication Society. It's no wonder that our award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education bears his name. In this 2007 interview, he describes his career as a Tech Comm. guru and his involvement in the IEEE PCS. His … [Read more...]

3Q16 Issue of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication


The September 2016 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication has recently been published online. If you are a paper subscriber, you will receive the issue, printed together with the December issue, late this year. Click the link below to read about the articles included in this issue: … [Read more...]

IEEE PCS AdCom Members-at-Large Election: Candidate Bios and Procedure


The IEEE Professional Communication Society election of Members-at-Large to the Administrative Committee for the Term 1 January 2017 - 31 December 2019 will open August 10th, 2016. We hope you will take the time to exercise your vote and help choose the future direction of the society.  Let’s increase last year’s voting percentage of 17.2% by … [Read more...]

Webinar: Communicating Effectively in Remote Teams

Pam Estes Brewer, author of the IEEE-Wiley book International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success, will be giving an IEEE-USA sponsored webinar titled "Teaming at a Distance: Learn How to Make Remote Teams Work for You and Your Company" on September 8th, 2016, 2:00-3:00pm. Remote teams are probably a part of your organization’s … [Read more...]

Improving Communication in Existing Groups: Three Strategies

In Patricia Sheridan's last post, she discussed some team process development strategies for teams that are coming together to create effective ways of working together. But: what can an individual engineer do to make group communication happen easily/better when they aren’t starting a new team? In this post, she explores some strategies … [Read more...]

1Q16 and 2Q16 Issues of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Two issues of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication have recently been published and should be reaching your mailbox soon if you are a paper subscriber. The March 2016 issue provides a special issue on content management; the June issue contains a note from the new editor of the Transactions, George Hayhoe. … [Read more...]

Cutting the “Fluff”

Good professional technical writing involves a struggle between conciseness and completeness. Writers need to provide the evidence and reasoning to justify their claims in the shortest space possible. Cutting too much or the wrong things, however, can damage your ability to support your decisions. It's important, then, to be able to differentiate … [Read more...]

Five Ways Engineers Can Improve Their Writing


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...]