A while back, I was honored to do a webinar for IEEE USA about how to make engineering presentations better. If you are interested in accessing that free information, use this link. You will need to use a WebEx player to see it, but the site provides that for you as a link/download. http://www.ieeeusa.org/careers/webinars/2014/webinar-12-4-14.html
Category Archives: engineering
A nice way to be recognized
These past few months, Wiley Publishing has been promoting a “Women in Engineering” site that highlights how women are contributing to the many facets of engineering work. When I was first approached, I wasn’t sure if I was a good fit, as I’m not an engineer, per se. Rather, I support the communication work that engineers do. But the sponsors of the project would not be deterred, and they wanted me on their list.
So, I’m very happy to share that wonderful effort here. The specific piece with my story can be downloaded from that page or here. nathans-kelly_wiley-WiEpage 2
Professional Engineering Communication series by Wiley-IEEE Press is growing again!
I happy to announce the SEVENTH book in the Professional Engineering Communication series is now available. As the editor of this series, I’m proud to work with these professionals to bring their vision to fruition.
|Information Overload: A Challenge to Professional Engineers and Technical Communicators. (eds: Strother, Ulijn, Fazal).|
|A Scientific Approach to Writing for Scientists and Engineers. (Berger).|
|Negotiating Cultural Encounters: Case Studies in Intercultural Engineering and Technical Communication. (eds. Yu and Savage).|
|Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in Engineering and Technical Fields. (Nathans-Kelly, Nicometo). See an excerpted principle from Slides Rules on this page on slide titles|
|Engineer Your Own Success: 7 Key Elements to Creating an Extraordinary Engineering Career. (Fasano).|
|International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success. (Pam Estes Brewer).|
|Communication Practices in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Research for Food and Water Safety . (Ed. David Wright).|
New year, new opportunities in Engineering Communication
As January 2014 closes out, I find myself with many new exciting opportunities on my plate. I began working with Cornell’s GameDesign Initiative this week, working with undergrads as they conceptualize, build, test, and deploy original games. I’ll be with the first class in the offerings:
I’ve also committed to working with Cornell’s ASCE teams, specifically with the Mead writing competition and with Concrete Canoe (CC). It’s nice to get back to CC, after leaving the teams at U of Wisconsin-Madison. There’s a strong CC tradition at Madison and I have missed being a small part of that. So, go Cornell!
UW online engineering, at the top again!
Once again, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s online Masters of Engineering has earned a top three ranking in the US News listings! I couldn’t be more proud to teach in such a great program!
SEFI…Belgium, Denmark, and the Professor Hotel
Last month, I had the great pleasure of doing a big work travel/trip. It began with me taking some time to talk to Dr. Annette Markham at Aaruhus University in Denmark. Exploring the connections between internet theory, identity, and engineering communication, I was also able to think about ways that topics that I am interested in teaching could find a home in the euro way of providing information to students.
After that, it was on to Leuven, Belgium, where I attended the SEFI conference (the European Society for Engineering Education) with my colleague Christine Nicometo. We presented a talk called “Stop Slipping and Sliding: Methods to Reclaim Expert Engineering Space by Using Slides to Best Advantage” that was well received.
Another bonus was meeting up the the always-everywhere- Cheryl Ball. The four of us (Markham, Ball, Nicometo, and Nathans-Kelly) had two intense days of talk about everything from the silos of information exchange in academics to the politics of MLA to identity within and without institutions…to the various qualities of chocolate. Along the way, we spied the “Professor Hotel” in Leuven, which I hope to post up in a photo soon.
MEPP interactive booklet is available!
The new interactive online booklet for the Masters of Engineering in Professional Practice degree, offered by the U of Wisconsin-Madison, is now available. It came out beautifully! http://
A working life divided is…divine
As of this fall, I have accepted a position at Cornell University in its Engineering Communications Program. We have made the move to Ithaca, and I am settling in quite well. The teaching approach here is a great fit for me, as I have made moves in the recent years to teach engineering/technical writing using teams in the communication classroom. At Cornell, this approach is par for the course, and so I feel a great deal of collegiality in this regard.
I also have the great fortune to stay on with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, too, in my capacity as faculty member teaching in the Masters of Engineering of Professional Practice and Masters of Engineering in Engine Systems programs. Both of these programs are online programs, and we meet once a summer F2F for residency. My director, Wayne Pferdehirt, has been incredibly supportive as I make this professional adjustment. As well, the unending support of my colleague Christine Nicometo has been the source of great inspiration during my transition.
And, if that’s not enough, Christine Nicometo and I continue our work with Iron Range Engineering, a new engineering degree currently going through its first ABET visit. We wish them the best of luck, but we know they won’t need it. The program is strong as is their documentation. Our job is to bring the elements of engineering communication to the program, and we do this with campus visits and distance teaching.
Well…that’s enough, isn’t it?
U of Wisconsin-Madison’s Online Masters of Engineering programs earn top ratings!
Yesterday, US News and World Report released its rankings for the top online graduate engineering program. University of Wisconsin’s Online Masters of Engineering programs placed first in two categories and fifth in another!
In the Masters of Engineering of Professional Practice (which is often called an “engineering management” degree, I teach Communicating Technical Information with my colleague Christine Nicometo. In the Masters of Engineering in Engine Systems, I alternate years teaching presentations skills within that degree with Nicometo.
#1: Student Engagement and Accreditation
#1: Student Services and Technology
#5: Faculty Credential and Training
The Art of Airline Safety Brochures
When I started teaching in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Technical Communication program, my then-Director, Gisela Kutzbach, gave me her stash of airline safety brochures. She passed them on to me when I began teaching the User Manuals class (which I *love* to teach!), and I have used them ever since as a way to start discussions about visual noise, instructions without words, representations of people, and other issues. I think I have a fascination about this simply because my dear uncle passed away in an awful plane crash, and the brochures resonate with me in an odd way now.
Today, my colleague Christine Nicometo passed on a link to a story that takes on these issues, too. Recently published in the Paris Review, I read this article with rapt attention. The article is entitled “In the Unlikely Event” and is written by Avi Steinberg.
See what you think.
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