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Chemical Engineering 0613 - Systems Engineering 2: Process Design - Oakland Campus: Communicating
This guide provides research assistance for students taking the Chemical Engineering Process Design course. The focus of the guide is on identifying appropriate resources in the field and using them effectively for research projects.
Engineers and scientists of all types are often required to write reports, summaries, manuals, guides, and so forth. While these individuals certainly have had some sort of English or writing course, it is less likely that they have had any instruction in the special requirements of technical writing. Filling this void, Technical Writing: A Practical Guide for Engineers and Scientistsenables readers to write, edit, and publish materials of a technical nature, including books, articles, reports, and electronic media. Written by a renowned engineer and widely published technical author, this guide complements the traditional writer's reference manuals and other books on technical writing. It helps readers understand the practical considerations in writing technical content. Drawing on his own work, the author presents many first-hand examples of writing, editing, and publishing technical materials. These examples illustrate how a publication originated as well as various challenges and solutions.
Technical Writing for Engineering Professionalsprovides a toolkit for developing technical reports quickly and efficiently. The book offers clear, specific guidelines for developing each of the sections (abstract, conclusions, introduction, and discussion) and designing and using graphics that illustrate your results. Weatherford's approach can be applied in all types of writing, from email and letters to project proposals and final reports. The book also includes tips for using English that will help keep your writing crisp and clear. Anyone in a technical profession, from intern to management, who wants to implement a better, faster, and more consistent approach to writing will benefit from reading this book. Key Features -Understand the process of writing a technical report, from the time you know your conclusions until you present it to your supervisor, client, or professional organization. -Get a quick overview of each chapter in the "short form" summary at the beginning, and use the handy checklist at the end to critique each part of your report as you write. -Learn to read literature efficiently and critically and take notes that will help you write your own reports as well as how to cite material that will lend strength to your work.
An engineer with experience in the automotive and chemical process industries, Budinski has compiled material he used to train new engineers and technicians in an attempt to get his co-workers to document their work in a reasonable manner. He does not focus on the mechanics of the English language,
You can schedule an appointment online or drop into their office at 317B O'Hara Student Center (OSC), 4024 O'Hara St., or Hillman Library.
Citing Sources Using a Citation Manager:
Keep track of all of your reference lists and bibliographies. Pitt's library resources work with tools such as Mendeley and EndNote, and allow you to import citations from sources like PITTCat+ and article databases.
(You will be prompted to log into my.pitt.edu in order to download EndNote) EndNote allows you to search online bibliographic databases, organize references and create and format instant bibliographies. It's integrated with Microsoft Word as well.
If you are like many people, the thought of giving a speech to a group of strangers can strike terror into your heart. As an engineer, you know that employers put a premium on soft skills such as public speaking, but you're puzzled about how you can improve your own performance. Shoots Veis understands your predicament. A practicing engineer himself, he often makes presentations to councils, zoning boards, land-use commissions, any of the municipal bodies that contract for infrastructure. He has been on the other side of the podium, too: during a stint on the Billings, Montana, city council, he listened to a lotof engineers talk about projects. He's seen the good, the bad, and the downright embarrassing. In Public Speaking for Engineers: Communicating Effectively with Clients, the Public, and Local Government, Veis takes readers step by step through the process of preparing for a presentation. He breaks the main topics--speech planning, design, and delivery--into component pieces and explains the range of choices, emphasizing the importance of understanding your audience. Throughout the book, he uses an ongoing example to illustrate the path for planning, preparing, and delivering a speech. A dozen or so case studies offer tales of real-life successes and missed opportunities. In the final chapter, Veis delves into what local governments do and how they do it. Veis offers a wealth of practical advice and enthusiastic coaching to anyone who needs to make a technical presentation to a nontechnical group of decision makers. Engineers of all kinds will appreciate this roadmap to a successful public presentation. Christopher A. (Shoots) Veis, P.E.,is a senior project engineer focusing on municipal engineering assignments involving water and wastewater systems, land development, permitting, and project management. He served for five years as an elected member of the Billings, Montana, city council.