Konnichiwa from Tokyo!

In my role as president of PCS, I am traveling this week to visit Shibauru Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan.  The purpose of the trip is to give two talks at the university.  My host is Atsuko Yamazaki, a member of our PCS AdCom and a faculty member at Shibaura. There has been a concerted effort by the Japanese government to … [Read more...]

Oh Wow!

Check out the latest Prism magazine, published by the American Society for Engineering Education, to read more about how engineering educators are helping students improve their written and oral communication skills. Thomas K. Grose, in an article entitled "Wow The Audience," reviews efforts at North Carolina State University, Texas Tech, … [Read more...]

If Communication is a “Soft Skill,” Then Why Is It So Hard?

Recently the phrase "soft skills" created a heated debate among the members of the PCS AdCom.  The question was, should communication be referred to as one of the "soft skills," or should some other phrase be used instead?  And if so, what should that phrase be? Let me start by saying that in my academic context, I am always fighting against the … [Read more...]

Telling the Story of Technical Information

What do storytelling and technical presentations have in common?  At first, you may think, "absolutely nothing!"  And yes, there is a deep chasm between The Brothers Karamazov and the update you give your boss about progress with the design of a drug-eluting stent (just to give an … [Read more...]

Podcast: Creating Effective Presentation Slides

Jean-luc Doumont, a world-acclaimed expert in oral presentations and a senior member of IEEE, addresses in his informative podcast the key methods you can employ to create effective presentation slides. … [Read more...]