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How communication in industry differs from academia

Moving from Student to Engineer – Part 1

By Robert Lyons, Technical and Management Consultant, and Nancy Barr, PhD

The differences between academic and industrial communication projects seem to be in scope and scale of content, size and number of teams, duration of collaboration, and geographic dispersion. 

Industry …

Announcing the ProComm Fireside Chat series

Our society is excited to launch a discussion series to help you stay connected with like-minded professionals as we all navigate significant changes to our professional lives. The “ProComm Fireside Chat” series will be an informal opportunity to learn from other ProComm members as we …

Award Nominations 2021

ProComm is currently looking for nominations for our 2021 awards, specifically:

The Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering CommunicationThe Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Outstanding Service to the Professional Communication SocietyThe Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education

Additional details about these …

Finding your Voice and Verbs in Engineering

In her paper “‘Here We Show’: Teaching Engineering Students to Reason with an Audience,” to be delivered at ProComm 2020, Dr. Suzanne Lane argues that learning to use first-person discourse alongside with active voice is an important step in becoming an engineer. 

Although the use of …

Flatten the Curve: Why certain messages catch on

When communicating about risk, the hope is to craft appropriate messaging to motivate appropriate action and understanding by the public. This is often challenging, particularly when there is so much scientific uncertainty involved in the risk. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, many messages have been developed …

Communicating Leadership in a Crisis

Photo: Presse- und Informationsamt der Bundesregierung

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, we have witnessed many stark examples of strong, responsible leadership – and some examples of not so responsible leadership. This leadership has been demonstrated through legislative action, but also through acts of communication …

The December 2019 Issue of Transactions is out!

This issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication is a special issue on User-Generated Content and Its Effect on the Profession. The issue and its guest editorial User-Generated Content and Its Effect on Technical Communication by J. Walwema, H. Sarat-St. Peter, and F. Chong …

Award Nominations 2020

We are currently looking for nominations for our 2020 awards, specifically:

The Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering CommunicationThe Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Outstanding Service to the Professional Communication SocietyThe Ronald S. Blicq Award for Distinction in Technical Communication Education

Additional details about these …

Call for Papers: Accessibility and Professional Communication

IEEE Transactions on Professional CommunicationSeptember 2021 Issue

Guest editors: Lisa Melonçon (University of South Florida) and Nupoor Ranade (North Carolina State University)

Accessibility is the quality that ensures that all people can use information or technology regardless of disability. The publication of Melonçon’s [1] collection in 2013 …