Podcast: George Hayhoe interviews Guest Editors of the Special Issue on Plain Language in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Listen to George Hayhoe interview the three guest editors of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication special issue on Plain Language - Nataliya Mateeva, Michelle Moosally, and Russell Willerton - as they discuss the role, the history, and the future of plain language in professional … [Read more...]

Reminder: ProComm 2018 Abstracts due Feb 5th, 2018 … and here’s some tips on how to write a good one!

We're really looking forward to seeing you all in Toronto in July for ProComm 2018, so here's a quick reminder about the abstract due date and process, available on our Call for Papers page. Writing an abstract can sometimes be an intimidating task, so we've also written a quick guide to writing one! … [Read more...]

Engineering Career Coach Anthony Fasano interviews Traci Nathans Kelley on Slide Rules

Traci-Nathans Kelley, former editor of our IEEE Professional Communication Society book series, is interviewed by The Engineering Career Coach's Anthony Fasano about her book, co-authored with Christine G. Nicometo,  Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields. Listen here to get some helpful … [Read more...]

Communicating about New Sustainable Technologies: Aachen University’s Claas Digmayer

We asked Aachen University's Claas Digmayer to talk about the importance of public communication in the acceptance of new sustainable technologies. In this video, he describes how two similar technologies, Carbon Capture and Storage and Carbon Capture and Utilization, have been received quite differently in Germany - a result of how they were … [Read more...]

Infographic Errors: How People Err in Designing Visuals

As news organizations, governments, and corporations struggle to communicate more complex information to multiple audiences, they increasingly rely on visual representations.  Quite a number of prominent failures in visual design that have played out in the media over the past few years; looking at these failures can help us avoid our own, and … [Read more...]

Wiley-IEEE PCS Series Book Nominated for CCCC Award

Teaching and Training for Global Engineering: Perspectives on Culture and Professional Communication Practices, edited by Kirk St. Amant and Madelyn Flammia, has been nominated for the 2018 College Composition and Communication Award in the Best Original Collection of Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication category. This book presents … [Read more...]

President’s Message, July 2017

Dear Members, We are pleased to share with you the launch of the first edition of our renewed e-newsletter—featuring research-based guidelines and principles for writing and communication that engineering professionals and technical communicators can use. It also includes announcements and other information relevant to the members. The … [Read more...]

Pitching Yourself, Part 2: Energize your Resume

  In a previous post, I wrote about your job application as an argument, and showed how we could use a rhetorical framework established by Stephen Toulmin to help your cover letters do a more effective job of connecting your evidence to the job requirements. In this post, I want to apply the ACR (Action-Context-Result) framework in order to … [Read more...]

Breaking the Rules: “Don’t Let Good Grammar Spoil Good Writing” and Passive/Active Voice

  Oldies can be goodies: one of the wonderful things about the IEEE PCS Newsletters Archive is that much of its advice to writers remains valid. Philip Yaffe's "Don't Let Good Grammar Spoil Good Writing," from the April 2009 IEEE PCS Newsletter, tells us why breaking grammar rules can create positive results, depending on context and … [Read more...]

ProComm 2017 Author Resources

EXTENDED DEADLINE TO MAY 19, 2017 For accepted work, please use these templates to format your drafts and final versions. When you click on the link, you will get a Word Doc to edit.  Follow the directions closely! Brief Papers Extended Abstracts Full Papers IEEE Style Guide (with citation help)  … [Read more...]