Dr. Richard House on Developing Engineering Credibility

Dr. Richard House, co-author of the Lufkin award winning paper on engineering ethos in environmental public policy deliberations, tell us about the case they studied, and what it tells us about how engineering argument and authority is often constructed.  Find out about what helps to constructs credibility in these and other contexts. Hint: You … [Read more...]

Michael Alley on Presentation Delivery in Engineering Contexts

At the IEEE PCS 2014 conference, Michael Alley, winner of the Ronald S. Blicq award for Distinction in Technical Communication, gave an engaging talk on the gap between what is expected of engineers in their professional presentations and what is taught in their classrooms, concluding with a need to revitalize teaching oral presentation delivery … [Read more...]

Taking a Leadership Role in PCS

There are many ways in which being a member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society contributes to your professional identify  For me, joining PCS was a way to connect with communication people who work with engineers, both in academic and workplace settings.  I found opportunities to collaborate with others through PCS on projects, as well … [Read more...]

PCS Newsletters Archive–Everything Old is New Again!

Bell-bottom jeans, disco music, and a Dodge Dart--if you take a look at consumer culture, you would suspect that we are in the midst of a 70's revival.  In the case of PCS, you need look no further than the PCS Newsletters Archive, now available on the PCS website. These newsletters first began appearing in August 1970 and covered a variety of … [Read more...]

What Works in the Workplace? Communication Competence and Technical Skills

There has been a lot of conversation and consternation around one important issue:  how can we best prepare college students for the world of work?  Responses to a survey conducted by Bentley University through their PreparedU Project suggest that a combination of both interpersonal competencies and technical skills represents the best way to … [Read more...]

The “A” Word Redux

In the fall of 2012, I posted on a topic that strikes fear in the hearts of engineering educators--ABET, Inc.  At that time, one year ago, my campus was preparing for the site visit of ABET evaluators, a three day examination of our labs, faculty, students, facilities, and student work products.  The result of the visit would determine, to a large … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013 in Vancouver

IPCC 2013 kicked off Sunday evening on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia Vancouver.  Registration opened at 3:00 PM, and we had the chance to greet old friends and meet new ones. The conference swings into gear today at 8:00 AM with the keynote address by Dr. Bernard Amadei, professor of civil engineering at the … [Read more...]

It’s Almost Here–IPCC 2013 in Vancouver

One week from today, we will kick off IPCC 2013 on the campus of the University of British Columbia Vancouver!  With a beautiful setting, a fantastic program of presenters, and an all star lineup of keynoters, IPCC 2013 promises to inform and delight. We look forward to seeing you and/or meeting you in Vancouver. Check out the conference website … [Read more...]

Will Communicate For Food

In a recent article in the New York Times, Alina Tugend posed the eternal question that often crops up at this time of year--what are the skills college graduates should possess to make them employable?  You may be surprised that the answer is not more technical skills.  Quoting from a special report by the Chronicle of Higher Education and … [Read more...]

The Power of Presentations

The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the IEEE Professional Communication Society are partnering this year to bring communication content to members of both societies.  In case you missed it, the webinar entitled "The Power of Presentations" was presented on Wednesday, April 3.  It attracted a broad and diverse audience, with members of both … [Read more...]