Aims and Scope
This series is uniquely positioned to meet the communication needs for the practicing, experienced engineer in industry, research, or academia. After finding solutions to projects or problems, the second most important activity of an engineer is to communicate findings, results, advances, setbacks, and new ideas. From seasoned practicing engineers who could use a refresher on how to use the newest of communication technologies, to graduate students looking to publish a first paper, to entrepreneurs writing patents on an exciting new product, to faculty and administrators navigating ABET visits, the hope is that this series can assist. PCS proposed this series in a response to requests by IEEE members for a set of materials that meets their specific professional needs.
Series Editor: Ryan Boettger
Associate Professor / Assistant Chair
University of North Texas, USA
Ryan Boettger is an associate professor and assistant chair in the Department of Technical Communication at the University of North Texas. He received his PhD and MA in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University and a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Pennsylvania State University.
His research areas include curriculum development and assessment, content analysis, technical editing, and data-driven learning. He is currently funded by the National Science
Foundation in the area of STEM education.
Professionally, Dr. Boettger has worked for the Texas Army National Guard where he edited natural resource, wildland fire, and cultural resource management plans for five army bases. Prior to joining UNT, he served as the Managing Director of Grant Proposal and Program Development for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
He is the former deputy editor-in-chief for IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and a current member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society and the Society for Technical Communication.
Series Editor's Choice
Alexa S. Chilcutt, Adam J. Brooks
Engineered to Speak: Helping You Create and Deliver Engaging Technical Presentations
Technical expertise alone is not enough to ensure professional success. Twenty-first century engineers and technical professionals must master making the complex simple and the simple interesting. This book helps engineers do what they love most: take a complicated system and create a stronger solution. You will learn tips and strategies that help you answer one essential question, “How can I get better at sharing my ideas with a variety of audiences?”
In Engineered to Speak, Alexa Chilcutt and Adam Brooks combine their expertise in messaging and public speaking with research that illustrates how effective communication contributes to career advancement. Each chapter contains inspiring stories from practicing engineers around the world as well as useful examples, exercises and repeatable processes for creating compelling messages.
This book helps technical talent become better speakers, better communicators, and ultimately better leaders. This helpful guide demystifies the art of oral communication by breaking it down into ten easy-to-follow-processes that can improve the ability of professionals at any level. By the end of Engineered to Speak, you’ll understand how to gain buy-in, identify and expand your Sphere of Influence, amplify your message, deliver compelling presentations, and learn from those who’ve embrace these skills and enjoyed professional success.