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Early Cookie Monster + IBM Training

Sometimes, the things that I love come together in the oddest of ways. This early Cookie Monster was in an IBM training video, from what I understand. You must see this!

Cookie Monster does and IBM training piece. Courtesy Youtube!

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Uncategorized


Canstruction: Engineers and Architects for Food Pantries

“This is fun: twenty-five New York architecture, design and engineering firms are competing to build the best designs out of an unusual architectural medium: cans of food.” The contest supports food pantry efforts and hunger awareness.

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Posted by on November 11, 2011 in engineering, food


Staying Smart: UW’s online Masters of Engineering highlighted

It was very exciting to see MEPP, the Masters of Engineering in Professional Practice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (and, by association, MEES), featured in an article inside Engineering News Record. Entitled “Staying Smart: Engineers and Universities Advance Life-Long Learning,” we hear from Jeff Russell, Steven L. Reid, and Matt Collins.

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


My years at University of Minnesota, Crookston

Torch, University of Minnesota, Crookston

I was honored to be included in this quarter’s Torch edition from the Alumni office at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Thanks to Liz Tollefson for the nice feature.

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


UW’s College of Engineering’s Annual Report

This year, the College of Engineering has an incredible amount of wonderful, exciting, and interesting stories to tell. There is a beautiful promo on the UW COE’s YouTube channel.

I’m most excited to see our Technical Communication‘s own Jayme Udvare in a starring role!

Jayme Udvare, a Technical Communication Certificate student, makes the news in this year's College of Engineering Annual Report.

Jayme Udvare, a Technical Communication Certificate student, makes the news in this year's College of Engineering Annual Report.

See the full Annual Report, full of grand news.


Workshopping at Iron Range Engineering

Iron Range Engineering, Ron Ulseth

Iron Range Engineering, Ron Ulseth.

For the last two full days, Christine Nicometo and I have had the happy privilege to be guest lecturers at Iron Range Engineering in northeast Minnesota. We were able to cover technical writing genres, technical reports, technical writing, technical presentations, posters, and job search materials. It was intense, and it was an amazing two days.  We are fortunate to be a small part of a big, new, innovative model for engineering teaching and learning.

Our host, Ron Ulseth, recently gave a TedX talk.  .  Learn more about this completely new way to think about engineering education.


MEPP (Masters of Engineering Professional Practice) Celebrates 10 years!

Masters of Engineering Professional Practice, University of Wisconsin

Masters of Engineering Professional Practice, University of Wisconsin

I am proud to be a faculty member of MEPP, and the degree is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this fall.  MEPP is a combination of an MBA and Engineering, designed to foster professional development for the engineering manager and leader.  MEPP degree holders are amazing and hail from every corner of the industry and many countries around the world.


Banned Books Week! Reading as Protest

What is your favorite banned book?  From the lists that the American Library Association has published, I think my two favorites are The Awakening by Chopin and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston.  I have to give a shout out to my high school and college teachers who put those books on my desk! And those were southern Idaho teachers…wonderful women and men, indeed.

The ALA has a great listing and discussion.

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in library, reading as protest, rights


Teams Launch using CATME

Today, we launched teams in EPD 397: Technical Communication.  I am using the CATME teams software (free and wonderful) for use in assessments of teams for the semester. This software is incredible; it makes the teams for me, groups them, surveys them on progress and work, provides stats, allows for comments from students, and allows me to pull information that is ABET-worthy. Anyone using teams for undergrad or grad academic work (engineering or otherwise) should look into this.


IEEE Press Editorial Board Meeting in San Francisco

This is the first IEEE Press Editorial Board Meeting that I have attended since becoming the series editor for the Professional Engineering Communication Series for IEEE/Wiley.  I am looking forward to learning quite a bit about the state of the art, e-books, publishing trends, and other IEEE/Wiley-related matters.  As the PCS Press Liaison, Ken Moore, Mary Hatcher, and Taisuke Soda have been great mentors.

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