President’s eNotice (February 2012)

from Julia Williams, PCS President (

IPCC 2012 Keynote Speaker—Manuel Lima

Manuel Lima—Interaction Designer, Information Architect, Design Researcher—will headline the International Professional Communication Conference on the campus of the University of Central Florida, October 8-12, 2012.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, nominated by Creativity magazine as " one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009", Manuel Lima is a Senior UX Design Lead at Microsoft Bing and founder of – A visual exploration on mapping complex networks.

You can learn more about the conference theme—Communicating Vision—at the IPCC 2012 website.

Students are encouraged to submit posters for the Student Poster Competition.

Engineers in Management—Wall Street Journal

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reports on two studies of engineers’ rise within ranks of upper management.  According to research, professionals holding degrees in engineering are edging out those holding M.B.A. degrees in the growing management teams within Fortune 500 companies.

Resources for Engineering Educators—Designing Engaging Writing Assignments on YouTube

Margaret Marshall, Director of University Writing and Professor of English at Auburn University, recently announced the first installment of a 24/7 Video Library, a resource developed for faculty.  The three videos in this series on Designing Engaging Writing Assignments are available on YouTube, but also on the project website along with downloadable handouts.

Communication and Sustainability—IEEE Earthzine 2012 Essay and Blogging Contest

Student writing is being featured on the IEEE Earthzine online magazine, sponsored by GEO and GEOSS: The Group on Earth Observations and the Global Earth Observations System of Systems.  “How Can Earth Observation Help Us to Build a More Sustainable World?”:  that’s the theme of this year’s Third Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest.  Essays covering many sustainability-related issues were submitted by students across the globe.  You can “like” your favorite to show your support for effective communication.! ng-contest/