Published on March 3, 2017

In February 2017, I performed my last duties as the Editor for the IEEE Professional Communication Society’s book series. This series, backed by Wiley-IEEE Press, was and is a magnificent collection of communication and professional insights from some of industry’s and academe’s best and brightest minds. The topics thus far have fallen into four categories: professional development, communication strategies, cross-cultural adeptness, and teaching/training in the engineering fields. In 2017, you will see the last three books that I worked on come to the shelves.

It has been one of the great privileges and honors to be the first editor of this series. The trust that the IEEE PCS put in me to forge this new book series was a welcome challenge, and I hope that I have not let anyone down. To the best of my abilities, my aim was to heighten the offerings of the Professional Communication Society to IEEE as an international organization and to the engineering professions overall.

Taking my spot will be the amazing Dr. Ryan Boettger, who is an associate professor of professional and technical communication at the University of North Texas. He received his PhD and MA in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University and a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Pennsylvania State University. His research areas include curriculum development and assessment, content analysis, data-driven learning, and STEM education. He has published award-winning research in major technical communication journals as well as in premiere writing studies journals.

Professionally, Dr. Boettger previously worked as a technical editor for the Texas Army National Guard and as the Managing Director of Grant Proposal and Program Development for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Thank you, again, to all that have supported my efforts, cheered me on, helped me parse complex editing issues, and move this series forward.  I owe a special kind of gratitude to all of the authors that I have worked with in this series, as they have taught me so much over the past years. Alongside my colleagues from the PCS leadership team, I want to send out a special thanks to Mary Hatcher at Wiley for her continued support. As well, Kenneth Moore of IEEE (recently retired) has been an incredible advocate for the series since the beginning.

If you are interested in proposing a book for the series, please contact Dr. Boettger directly at