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“Yes, There’s a Design Paper, Too!”

Release Date:
1/16/2013 12:00 AM

Effective Technical Communications

David J Adams, features David J. Adams, M.F.A.


The Alvine Engineering Professional Effectiveness and Enrichment Program will present a lecture by David Adams on technical communication issues in senior design. The scope and complexity of Senior Design projects introduce parallel issues in technical communication, particularly in progress reports and the design paper. In this talk we will cover six of those basic issues:

  • viewing preferences in senior design reports;
  • estimating communication tasks and fitting them into a work plan;
  • coordinating work in a multi-author report;
  • organizing a long report;
  • choosing an appropriate style and tone for your audience;
  • designing effective graphics and placing them appropriately.


David Adams is currently consultant to the Project to Initiate Technical Communication Habits (PITCH) at the Tagliatela College of Engineering at UNH. He has also had a diverse consulting career, specializing with assisting institutions with issues and reporting related to accreditation, including accreditation self-studies, interim reports, show cause reports and substantive change documents. Adams is author of COPE: A Technical Writing Guide for Engineers, 2nd Ed. (Pearson Custom, 2007). Adams is a senior member of the Society of Technical Communication (STC) and member and former manager of its Special Interest Group on Environmental, Health and Safety Communication.

Adams holds an M.F.A. from Bowling Green State University, and is a consulting technical writer with over 30 years of experience in the teaching and practice of technical communication. He has developed, and taught in, successful engineering communication programs at Cornell University, Michigan State University, and the University of Maine.


Jan. 29, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.             


The Schumann Auditorium in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, Room B120, University of New Haven

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