PCS President's Blog


   Julia Williams,
   IEEE Professional Communication Society President


What Works in the Workplace? Communication Competence and Technical Skills

Interpersonal Competencies and Technical Skills--Double Whammy!

There has been a lot of conversation and consternation around one important issue:  how can we best prepare college students for the world of work?  Responses to a survey conducted by Bentley University through their PreparedU Project suggest that a combination of both interpersonal competencies and technical skills represents the best way to … [Read more...]

New Year, New You? Communication Resolutions for 2014

It's a new year!  Why not create communication resolutions for 2014?

We are 11 days into the new year, and a few days after the Polar Vortex, so it seems like a good time to think about communication resolutions for 2014.  Communication resolutions, you ask?  Aren't resolutions just for reducing food intake and getting more exercise?  Absolutely not!  Like maintaining a healthy weight and working out regularly, … [Read more...]

The “A” Word Redux

In the fall of 2012, I posted on a topic that strikes fear in the hearts of engineering educators--ABET, Inc.  At that time, one year ago, my campus was preparing for the site visit of ABET evaluators, a three day examination of our labs, faculty, students, facilities, and student work products.  The result of the visit would determine, to a … [Read more...]

LinkedIn–Not Your Grandmother’s Facebook

Forget your Facebook--Like your LinkedIn

In the Huffington Post on August 14, 2013, Adam Wexler provided several interesting insights regarding the ways in which LinkedIn is gaining social media prominence over Facebook.  As he explains, "LinkedIn possesses an inherent advantage over all of the other social networks: it is a professional network. If you're a recent graduate … [Read more...]

Welcome Class of 2017!

Move in day at Rose-Hulman, when temps reached the 90's!

At this time of year, as Rose-Hulman first year students arrive and begin orientation, I always like to take a look at the Beloit College Mindset List, an inventory of the Class of 2017.  Every year the list makes its rounds among college faculty who realize once again that there is a large gulf between the old professors and the new … [Read more...]

Congratulations to our Award Winners from IPCC 2013

(left to right) Ron Bliq, Menno deJong, Carol Barnum, Maria Jose Herrera, George Hayhoe,  Alan Chong, Bernard Amadei

  The annual International Professional Communication Conference brings together members of PCS and others who are interested in a wide variety of communication topics.  At this year's conference at the University of British Columbia, presenters covered everything from document design and user interfaces to teaching students to be … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013–Day 3

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Just as quickly as it started, it was over--we wrapped IPCC for 2013, and what a way to end it.  Dr. Carol Barnum gave the final plenary talk about heuristic evaluation, as she reflected on her own travels in the wild world of usability. Since I did duties as both presenter and blogger on the final day, I can only show a couple of pictures from … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013–Day 2: Get Your Vancouver On!

Saul Carliner, editor of PCS Transactions at the final plenary

Yesterday I posted on the keynote address by Dr. Bernard Amadei, a rousing start to the first day of IPCC 2013.  I am happy to report that the remainder of Day 1 was similarly energizing.  Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to every session (at times like these, a couple of clones with cameras would be handy), but I was able to get … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013 Keynote–Dr. Bernard Amadei

Amadei and friends!

We need to educate a new kind of engineer, one who can solve technical problems while learning and accommodating the needs and desires of people who will use the technology.  This was the core message this morning from Dr. Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders and professor of civil engineering at the University of … [Read more...]

IPCC 2013 in Vancouver

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IPCC 2013 kicked off Sunday evening on the beautiful campus of the University of British Columbia Vancouver.  Registration opened at 3:00 PM, and we had the chance to greet old friends and meet new ones. The conference swings into gear today at 8:00 AM with the keynote address by Dr. Bernard Amadei, professor of civil engineering at the … [Read more...]