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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?

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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. http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDx1000Lakes-Ron-Ulseth-and-Da  .  Learn more about this completely new way to think about engineering education.