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This workshop will present an integrated approach to developing written, oral, and visual technical communication skills in engineering students that spans all four years of bachelor's programs in seven engineering and computer science disciplines at the University of New Haven. Student outcomes for the project were established based on an extensive survey of employers, alumni, and faculty. A critical feature of the project is that technical communications skills are integrated into the content of regular engineering courses and are taught by regular engineering faculty. Communication instruments include technical memoranda, poster presentations, oral presentations, laboratory reports, proposals, and senior design reports. Advice tables, annotated sample assignments, and grading rubrics are associated with each instrument to assist students in their work and facilitate consistency in instruction and assessment across multiple instructors teaching different course sections.
Ron Harichandran is dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven. He leads the Project to Integrate Technical Communication Habits and implemented a similar program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University when he was the chair there.
Jean Nocito-Gobel is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of New Haven, where she is also director of the Center for Applied Engineering and Science Education Research. She was an active participant in the development of the multidisciplinary engineering foundations spiral curriculum at the University of New Haven, and also contributed to the development of entrepreneurial thinking in engineering students.
Sam Daniels is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the University of New Haven. He is developing resources for writing effective laboratory reports. He participated in the development of the multidisciplinary engineering foundations spiral curriculum at the university.
David Harding is professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Haven and a department chair. He is developing technical communication resources for senior design proposals and final reports. He was a participant in the development of the multidisciplinary engineering foundations spiral curriculum at the University of New Haven.
Michael A. Collura is the Buckman Professor of Chemical Engineering and coordinator of the chemical engineering program at the University of New Haven. His professional interests include the application of omputers to process modeling and control (particularly for energy conversion processes), engineering education research (student self-assessment, developing conceptual understanding, multidisciplinary learning models), and reform of engineering education.
Nadiye O. Erdil is an assistant professor of industrial engineering and engineering and operations management at the University of New Haven. Her research interests include use of information technology in operations management, quality and productivity improvement by using statistical tools and techniques, and design and implementation of quality management systems in healthcare delivery operations.
David Adams designed and taught technical writing curricula within engineering programs at Cornell University, Michigan State University and the University of Maine. He is the design and support consultant to the PITCH at the Tagliatela College of Engineering at the University of New Haven. Among other publications, he is the author of COPE: A Technical Writing Guide for Engineers. 2nd Ed.
2008. Pearson Custom Publishing. He is a Senior Associate at Sandy Pond Associates, a higher education consulting firm, specializing in training and accreditation reporting.