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: IEEE PCS Book Series
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.
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).|
Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields–AVAILABLE!
In early March 2014, the paperback version of our book Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields will be available for purchase. At the moment, the e-book is available for download.
Slide Rules is meant for engineers, technical specialists, and scientists–whether they are working for businesses, universities, research units, military sectors, or other areas. Professionals and students alike will benefit from this book because it provides specific avenues for improving and honing presentations in these specialized areas. Presentations in the technical fields are creatures of a different kinds, and the targeted needs for that work are duly addressed.
More info here:
I had a lot to do at IPCC 2013 in Vancouver this year. One workshop, one info session about the IEEE Professional Communication series, and one paper to give with/for my colleagues at Cornell. Whew!
The workshop was with Christine Nicometo, and it focused on techniques to use when presentations and slides have to go in front of audiences who need more than one language. We had some great attendees, and we made some wonderful connections with new colleagues in Aarhus.
On the heels of that talk, Saul Carliner and I spoke about publishing with a PCS pub (he’s the editor in chief of the PCS journal; I do the book series). Since around 1999, I have enjoyed working with Saul, and that session was no different. It was a packed room, and we hope we sparked some interest in our pubs with that set of folks. I think we did!
Last, I gave a more traditional paper on a topic I’m working on with Rick Evans, examining the use of microgenres in engineering writing. Rick is teaching me so much about linguistics (I’ve forgotten the complicated nature of deep linguistic analysis of texts over the last 20 years). Some great conversations followed that talk, too.
But maybe best of all was having the unique opportunity to listen to Dr Bernard Amadei, the founder of Engineers Without Borders, USA. His story is incredible, and we all came away wanting to do more, to do better, with the talents that we have.
Vancouver was great, and the UBC campus was amazing. Thanks, all!
My wonderful colleague, Christine Nicometo, and I have finished the manuscript for our book Slide Rules: Design, Build and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields. Whew! Now, we wait for industry and academic reviews before going to press. But the major push is over!
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.
Professional Engineering Communication home site (for now): http://ewh.ieee.org/soc/pcs/index.php?q=node/1833