Technical Writing and Presentation for ESL Engineers

Instructor: Dr. N. Nan Chu

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 - 9:00am to 4:30pm EDT

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Course Description

Technical writing and presentation for an engineer for which English is a second language (ESL) can at times be harder than the technical expertise the engineer attempts to convey. Without the proper communication skills in English, technical contributions could be drastically discounted and dismissed within the technical community. Beyond the known English grammar and common language usage, this course will explain the key factors to overcome cultural difference, logic inference and body language diversity.

This course will highlight the subtleties of English awkwardness in a case-by-case approach based on excerpts of reviewed papers from submissions to many international consumer electronics, communications, and computer conferences. The instructor will lead you through corrections made about the English errors, which happen more often than one would expect, even among reputable and experienced engineers.  Reconstruction in more authentic American English style will also be demonstrated.

Who Should Attend

This course would be of interest to any engineer for which English is a Second Language (ESL) and who wishes to better understand language/culture subtleties and further develop their own highly professional technical writing skills.

Prerequisite:  Intermediate to proficient level of use of the English language is recommended for this course.  The instructor will be speaking in English throughout the lecture.  Students will be provided a copy of the instructor's slides to use as a reference throughout the lecture.  Students should be able to understand day-to-day communications in most settings and write in English for personal and academic purposes, presenting their thoughts in an organized manner.



Technical Writing and Presentation for ESL Engineers

Dr. N. Nan Chu

Ph.D., Industry Expert & Instructor

Dr. N. Nan Chu, 朱 南 玉, worked in AT&T Bell Labs, Rockwell International, Tellabs International, Comcast/Motorola/Verizon and Thomson Multimedia, started as Senior Member of Technical Staff and promoted through the ranks to Executive Program Manager of Advanced Technology, Product Development and Service Deployment. Her technical contributions have followed the transformation from digital voice, Internet data, to digital video distribution and processing, where she was involved in encryption, conditional access, digital rights management, Intellectual Property protection as well as content processing and user interface.

While heavily engaged with the telecom and consumer electronics industry, Dr. Chu has forged collaboration with the academia by grant management and adjunct teaching in University of Illinois - Chicago, Widener University - Philadelphia, California Lutheran University - Thousand Oaks, DeVry University Keller School of Management, on multiple campuses in the USA, and National Central University in Taiwan. She was also the Director of Research & Services at California State University – Northridge. She has started 2 companies and currently is the principal of CWLab International, among other entrepreneurial activities throughout Chicago, Southern California, and Asia.

She has published more than 50 papers in areas related to digital communication/networking technology evolutions, and edited 2 books.  She has been credited as the co-author of Digital Set-top Box Standards in American SCTE and United Nations’ CCITT Study Group 9, and received awards for the early digital cable conversion standardization. Her current interests in research and product development include social networking, cloud computing, data security, and Internet technology to eHealthcare, concentrating on brain communication interfaces.

Dr. Chu has volunteered in IEEE professional services since the 1980’s, serving as Board of Governors in Consumer Electronics Society, Executive Industry Chairs for GLOBECOM, IGIC, and many other Communications/Computer/Consumer Electronics Society conferences and Section/Chapter meetings.

She received her B.S. from National Tsing Hua University, M.S. from Iowa State University, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, major in Nuclear Engineering, in 1972, 1973, and 1977, respectively. Her career in the nuclear industry was short-lived. Her career in Telecommunications, Networking Software Systems and eHealth Consumer Electronics has thrived for 30+ years and continued till today.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to:

  • Have strengthened their use of English grammar
  • Be better prepared to deliver a presentation in English
  • Be able to go beyond classroom learning for improvement over technical writing and presentation deficiencies
  • Better relate the culture to language

Course Materials

Each registered participant receives a copy of instructor slides and access to the recording of the course for 15 business days after the live lecture. You can earn 0.6 IEEE Continuing Education Untis for participation in this course and completion of the course evaluation.

Course Cancellation and Refund Policy: Requests for online course cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the course date for a full refund. Once course materials have been shared with a participant, cancellation and refund requests cannot be accommodated.

Course Agenda

Session I - Introductions (2 hours)

  • Background & Motivation
  • Purposes
  • English Language Mechanics
  • Logic Fundamentals
  • English Proficiency Yardsticks

Session II - Case Studies (1 hour)

  • Case Studies 
    • Original
    • Corrected Version
    • Clarification
    • American English Style of Writing

Lunch Break

Session III – Improvements (30 minutes)

  • Technical Clarification
  • Cultural Subtleties
  • Tools for Improvement

Session IV –  Presentations (2 hours)

  • Preparation
  • Perception
  • Practice
  • Illustrations

Q & A – 30 minutes

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