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 … [Read more...]

Congratulations to our Award Winners from IPCC 2013

(left to right) Ron Bliq, Menno deJong, Carol Barnum, Maria Jose Herrera, George Hayhoe,  Alan Chong, Bernard Amadei

  The annual International Professional Communication Conference brings together members of PCS and others who are interested in a wide variety of communication topics.  At this year's conference at the University of British Columbia, presenters covered everything from document design and user interfaces to teaching students to be … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013–Day 3


Just as quickly as it started, it was over--we wrapped IPCC for 2013, and what a way to end it.  Dr. Carol Barnum gave the final plenary talk about heuristic evaluation, as she reflected on her own travels in the wild world of usability. Since I did duties as both presenter and blogger on the final day, I can only show a couple of pictures from … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013–Day 2: Get Your Vancouver On!

Saul Carliner, editor of PCS Transactions at the final plenary

Yesterday I posted on the keynote address by Dr. Bernard Amadei, a rousing start to the first day of IPCC 2013.  I am happy to report that the remainder of Day 1 was similarly energizing.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to every session (at times like these, a couple of clones with cameras would be handy), but I was able to get … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013 Keynote–Dr. Bernard Amadei

Amadei and friends!

We need to educate a new kind of engineer, one who can solve technical problems while learning and accommodating the needs and desires of people who will use the technology.  This was the core message this morning from Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders and professor of civil engineering at the University of … [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

Beautiful scenery and memorable speakers--who could ask for more?

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...]

At Shibaura Institute of Technology

Yes, this building really is as enormous as it looks!

On Friday, I gave the first of two talks at Shibaura Institute of Technology, entitled "Institutional Research and Educational Assessment at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology:  Creating a Culture of Evidence."  Faculty and staff involved in SIT's Global Initiative were there, along with faculty involved with SIT's new electronic portfolio … [Read more...]

Congratulation to the PCS Award Winners!

Sandy Bartell (left), proceedings chair for IPCC 2012, and Jon Leydens, winner of the Lufkin Award

On Tuesday, October 9, PCS recognized the achievements and contributions of several of our members at our annual Awards Reception, at the Fairwinds Alumni Center on the campus of the University of Central Florida.  I was able to get a photo of each award winner, and here they are: The Alfred N. Goldsmith Award recognizes Distinguished … [Read more...]

IPCC Day 3

Audience participation at Jon Leyden's keynote talk

The final day of IPCC, and we started with a morning keynote.  Jon Leydens, winner of the Lufkin Award for Best Paper in the 2012 Conference Proceedings, argued for the role of social justice in professional communication.  Part of the presentation included a memorable illustration of the distribution of wealth in the United States.  Asking for … [Read more...]