Technical Communication

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Engineers entering the workforce need more than just technical skills—they need the skills to work well with fellow engineers, to communicate across a diverse set of stakeholders, and to convey meaning both in writing and in speaking.

The Technical and Scientific Communication program in SEAS provides graduate and undergraduate students with training in communication skills, including technical communication, oral presentations, visual design and data visualization.

Students in technical communication courses benefit from small class sizes, hands-on projects, and frequent feedback from both peers and award-winning faculty. 

Technical Communication Research

SEAS at UB considers communication skills central to the success of their students, and the Department of Engineering Education houses some of the best teacher-scholars in technical and scientific communication. Faculty cover a range of disciplinary expertise, and students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate and graduate research project focused on communication in engineering contexts.

Technical Communication research projects in DEE include:

  • Cross-cultural Usability (Keshab Acharya)
  • Communicating with the Public in Transportation Projects (Kristen R. Moore)
  • Introducing Standards into the STEM Communication Curriculum (Lauren Kuryloski and Kristen R. Moore)

Technical Communication Course Offerings

The technical communication faculty provide SEAS students with a range of professional, scientific, and technical communication courses. These courses allow students to build a foundation for a successful career and also offer students the opportunity to specialize in a particular kind of communication. 

Undergraduate Courses

SEAS students from across disciplines have the opportunity to strengthen their professional profiles through courses in Technical and Scientific Communication.

Recent course offerings include:

  • STEM Communication
  • Ethics in Technical Communication
  • Oral Communication for Engineers
  • Visual Communication and the Design of Complex Information

Graduate Courses

Graduate students in engineering can also benefit from the Technical and Scientific Communication program in SEAS. Faculty in Technical and Scientific Communication teach courses in the MS in Engineering Science degree and across the disciplines in SEAS.

Recent course offerings include:

  • Visual Communication and the Design of Complex Information
  • Technical Communication for Engineers

Technical Communication Faculty