Engineering by PowerPoint

News in recent days about the process and decision making tools used by Boeing in the Boeing 737 Max case reminds us about the importance of communication tools in engineering. As reported by The Daily Herald [1], Boeing made a detailed presentation to the FAA after the 737 Max Lion Air crash that argued that they had shown “no process violation or non-compliance” in the regulatory process leading up to the plane’s approval. The article also, however, identified several inaccuracies and mistakes in their PowerPoint deck that may have misled regulators regarding the safety of the plane’s design, particularly around its new flight control software. While PowerPoint’s role in this set of engineering failures remains uncertain, the news certainly recalls critiques of PowerPoint as an engineering tool coming out of the Columbia disaster in 2003. 

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Award Nominations 2020

We are currently looking for nominations for our 2020 awards, specifically: The Alfred N. Goldsmith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering CommunicationThe Emily K. Schlesinger Award for Outstanding Service to the Professional … [Continue reading]

Call for Papers: Accessibility and Professional Communication

IEEE Transactions on Professional CommunicationSeptember 2021 Issue Guest editors: Lisa Melonçon (University of South Florida) and Nupoor Ranade (North Carolina State University) Accessibility is the quality that ensures that all people can use … [Continue reading]

ProComm 2020 Call for Proposals

The IEEE Professional Communication Society invites proposals for the ProComm 2020 conference regarding the study, preparation, production, delivery, use, improvement, and promotion of human communication in all media in technical, engineering, and … [Continue reading]

Call for Proposals: The University of Strasbourg Symposium on Usability and Design

Done in collaboration with Louisiana Tech UniversityStrasbourg, France, 3-4 April 2020 Symposium Theme: Re-thinking Usability and Design: Examining Connections to Technical Communication and LocalizationProposals Due:Monday, 2 December … [Continue reading]

September 2019 Issue of the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication

Volume 62, Number 3, September 2019 has just been published. A table of contents is provided below. … [Continue reading]

Assistant/Associate Professor, Technical Communication at Mercer University

The Technical Communication Department (TCO) announces an opening for a tenure-track position at the Associate or Assistant Professor level. Applicants’ areas of emphasis should include content strategy, digital/social media, instructional design, … [Continue reading]

ProComm 2019 Wrap-up

A wonderful venue for our reception at Aachen's Great Hall Aachen provided a wonderful backdrop to a great and productive conference. From the opening reception at the Forum M in the center of town, to the keynotes by Martina Ziefle and Jan … [Continue reading]

Awards! Awards! Awards!

Every year, we recognize professional achievements and contributions to our profession and society by presenting awards to individuals or groups. Our 2019 winners were presented with their awards at ProComm 2019 in Aachen, Germany. We are … [Continue reading]

Candidates on Slate for 2020-2022 Board of Governors

A slate of seven candidates for election to the ProComm Board of Governors for 2020–2022 has been announced. Alan Chong, University of Toronto Kira Dreher, Carnegie Mellon University, Qatar Joyce Karreman, University of Twente Chris Lam, … [Continue reading]