NSF Travel Grants for US-based Graduate and Undergraduate Students to VTS Conference

As part of NSF's commitment to maintain the United States' research competitiveness and to increase diversity, we are pleased to offer competitive travel grants to the Diversity Workshop at VTC2019-Fall in Honolulu, … [Continue reading]

Why “Engineered to Speak”​ should be the next book you read for your professional development goals

Ryan Boettger - Editor, Book Series in Professional Engineering Communication, Wiley IEEE Press Engineered to Speak: Helping You Create and Deliver Engaging Technical Presentations launches today! I also have a limited number of promo codes … [Continue reading]

Request for Proposals for Guest Editorship and Special Issue Topic IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication June 2021 Issue

The IEEE Transactions on Professional Communicationrequests proposals for guest editorship and special issue topic for the June 2021 issue.   Anyone may propose a topic and apply for guest editor status. Guest … [Continue reading]

Empathetic Engineers in Professional Practice

by Laura Patterson Good design and good writing are, in many ways, invisible to the user.  If something is designed well, then the user is able to use it as intended without necessarily thinking about the design.  In order to … [Continue reading]

Changing Stereotypes: Engineers Can (and Need to) Communicate

Engineers and communication do not mix: this notion remains commonplace among engineers themselves, as well as part of the stereotype of “the engineer” that is pervasive in the public eye. This is despite the fact that communication is now seen to be … [Continue reading]

Using Data AND Story to Persuade Readers

For a technical audience of engineers, quantitative data often holds the key to persuasion. For more general audiences, however, narrative or storytelling has been shown to potentially hold greater sway. In addition, the effectiveness of both … [Continue reading]

Lecturer Position in Professional Writing at the University of California, Davis

The UC Davis University Writing Program invites applications for full-time lecturers to teach advanced undergraduate courses in professional writing. We especially anticipate needs in writing for engineering, writing for business, technical writing, … [Continue reading]

Think like your audience for better, more effective communication

One of the cardinal sins in professional communication is to focus on what you want to say, rather than what your audience needs to hear. A poet or a novelist may have the privilege of their audiences wanting to hear what they have to say, but if … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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]