Style and Grammar

Proper style and correct grammar are essential to being taken seriously in engineering communication. Professional engineers need to write clearly and concisely, though a particular style might depend on the intended audience. Listed below are resources on style and grammar that can help you become more effective and efficient as a writer.

  • Science (and engineering) is often considered a highly exclusive domain, with participation requiring significant education and practical experience. One of the ways that science and engineering maintains its exclusivity is through its highly specialized language and rhetorical conventions. For example, the scientific paper has traditionally had a gatekeeping ...

  • 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 ...

  • Listen to George Hayhoe interview the three guest editors of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication special issue on Plain Language – Nataliya Mateeva, Michelle Moosally, and Russell Willerton – as they discuss the role, the history, and the future of plain language in professional ...

  • As indicated previously, Karen A. Schriver is the 2017 winner of the Joenk Award for the best paper in the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication for her paper “Plain Language in the United States Gains Momentum: 1940–2015.”  Listen to her speak about her research into ...

  •   Oldies can be goodies: one of the wonderful things about the IEEE PCS Newsletters Archive is that much of its advice to writers remains valid. Philip Yaffe’s “Don’t Let Good Grammar Spoil Good Writing,” from the April 2009 IEEE PCS Newsletter, tells us why breaking grammar rules can create ...

  • Good professional technical writing involves a struggle between conciseness and completeness. Writers need to provide the evidence and reasoning to justify their claims in the shortest space possible. Cutting too much or the wrong things, however, can damage your ability to support your decisions. It’s important, then, ...

  • In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words. as Step #2 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In this last  article, he discusses Step#3, modifying the sentences into simple and comprehensible language, based on ...

  • As discussed in the beginning of this first article, Simplified Technical English (STE) is generally considered as being of great importance for writing clear and unambiguous content, mainly for user instructions like maintenance manuals. In this series of three articles, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. will show three ...

  • In his previous article, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. showed us how to  determine relevant information and delete any non-relevant information as Step #1 of the Thumbs Up Technique for Simplified Technical English. In his second  article, he discusses Step#2, how to use the online STE-Dictionary to find approved usage of words. The words you ...

  • As discussed in the beginning of this first article, Simplified Technical English (STE) is generally considered as being of great importance for writing clear and unambiguous content, mainly for user instructions like maintenance manuals.  In this series of three articles, Ferry Vermeulen, MSc. will show three ...

  • Simplified Technical English (STE) is generally considered as being of great importance for writing clear and unambiguous content, mainly for user instructions like maintenance manuals. However, many technical writers experience specific problems when implementing STE. Although theoretically possible, STE is not an easy language to ...

  • Simplified Technical English (STE) is generally considered as being of great importance for writing clear and unambiguous content, mainly for user instructions like maintenance manuals. However, many technical writers experience specific problems when implementing STE. Although theoretically possible, STE is not an easy language to ...

  • This training podcast provides examples as well as explanations and tips for dealing with a few grammar or usage problems that occur for many engineering and technical professionals who have to communicate in a hurry, via, for example, email. Listen for ways to know when ...