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, … [Read more...]

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 writing and speaking persuasively and effectively (though sometimes we talk about visuals). But in a … [Read more...]

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 communication may not seem to have a narrative arc. We’re not working in fiction, after all. Yet engineering … [Read more...]

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 varying levels of technical know how – is a key part of many engineering positions, and doing this well is … [Read more...]

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, available below, will go into effect "unless at least ten (10) percent of the Society members object … [Read more...]

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: https://goo.gl/forms/1GmKvSD1ju75OJdX2 Your response is anonymous and the survey takes only 10 minutes. … [Read more...]

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. After 21 months of active duty service in the US Army Ordnance Corps, he attended the University of … [Read more...]

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 Communication Society brings you a webinar on, “How to craft a professional grant proposal for your idea?” … [Read more...]