“Think of the tools in a tool-box: there is a hammer, pliers, a saw, a screw-driver, a ruler, a glue-pot, glue, nails and screw. The functions of words are as diverse as the functions of these objects. (And in both cases there are similarities.)”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein, an engineer-turned-philosopher of language
MU CE Communication Portfolio
ABET and BOK Standards
- ABET Engineering Criteria 2000
- CE ABET-based Communication Standards (Criterion G) (PDF)
- William Likos’s “Universal Recipe” (PDF)
This short Powerpoint attachment provides an excellent generic overview of report writing.
- Cynthia Finley’s “Oral Presentations” (PDF)
This short Powerpoint attachment provides an excellent overview of principles of graphic design and oral delivery.
- George Gopen and Judith Swan’s “Science of Scientific Writing” (PDF)
This article provides an excellent overview of reader-based principles of style. It complements principles spelled out in more depth in Joseph Williams’ book Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace. http://www.amstat.org/publications/jcgs/sci.pdf.
- Mike Ashby’s “How to Write a Paper” (PDF)
This long article by a Cambridge engineer compares writing to the engineering design process and stresses “knowing your market” or readers. It includes a section on style and editing.
- Other Engineering Communication Resources (PDF)
This links you to additional websites addressing documentation, figures and tables, grammar, history of science writing, posters, presentation design, and many other areas of technical writing.