Bernadette Longo on What Interdisciplinarity Means for Professional Communication

Dr. Bernadette Longo gave the closing keynote at IEEE PCS 2014 conference on Disciplinary Grounding and Interdisciplinary Understanding. We asked her a few questions about the challenges and opportunities this increasing interdiscipinarity presents for professional communication. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptwurDrbX4w Find out more about … [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...]

Congratulations to our Award Winners from IPCC 2013

  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!

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 photographs … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013 Keynote–Dr. Bernard Amadei

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

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

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 project … [Read more...]