Special Issue on Plain Language Wins Best Collection of Original Essays 2019 from 4Cs

The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication Special Issue on Plain Language has been chosen for the CCCC award for (Council on College Composition and Communication) Best Collection of Original Essays in Scientific and Technical Communication. Congratulations to the authors, and especially the editors of the issue: Natalya Matveeva, Michelle Moosally, and Russell Willerton. 

You can hear Transactions editor George Hayhoe interview them on the plain language movement and an interview with Karen A. Schriver about the history of plain language on out site as well.

Listening as Engineering Communication

When we talk about “professional” or “engineering” communication, we almost exclusively focus on the skills required to deliver our intended messages to others. Even on this site, we almost exclusively focus on tips, skills, and techniques around … [Continue reading]

Tell your Story: Understanding Narrative to Engage Audiences

One of the most frequent things we hear from audiences - both of reports and presentations - who fail to engage with and understand the content being communicated is: “What’s the story?” It may seem like an odd request, since engineering … [Continue reading]

Making the Unfamiliar Familiar: Metaphors as a Strategy for Clarifying Technical and Scientific Concepts

For the engineers that I have taught, one of the most challenging communication tasks is explaining scientific concepts to less technical audiences, such as the general public. Yet explaining their work to the public – and other audiences with … [Continue reading]

Revised IEEE ProComm Constitution and Bylaws

Season's greetings everyone! Just a quick note that our constitution and bylaws have been revised, approved by the Board of Governors, and approved by the Vice President of Technical Activities for the IEEE on December 20th, 2018. These documents, … [Continue reading]

A Survey on Patent Courses in Bachelor Degrees of Science and Engineering

IEEE Education Society Sr Past President Manuel Castro is conducting a survey about introducing new Patent Courses in Bachelor Degrees of Science and Engineering. Please contribute to the survey by visiting: … [Continue reading]

In Memoriam Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr., PhD (1932-2018)

Rudy Joenk, longtime member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society, passed away in Boulder, CO on 5 November 2018. Born in St. Louis, MO, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1953. … [Continue reading]

Grant Proposal Writing Webinar

Do you have an idea? Do you want to learn how to convert the idea into a beautiful proposal? Do you want to know the strategies to strengthen your proposal in a way to generate more funds for your project/activity? IEEE Professional and … [Continue reading]

Assistant Professor in Risk/Crisis Communication: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide is searching for a Risk/Crisis Communication specialist to become part of a collaborative initiative in Emergency Services and Communication. This tenure-track assistant professor position begins in … [Continue reading]

Understanding Emotional Competencies in Engineering

Figure 1: Goleman's Emotional Competencies  Most would agree that emotional intelligence (EI) is essential to effectively managing and participating in teams, which is a key aspect of engineering work. Yet it’s not often taught in an engineering … [Continue reading]