Info about this blog:

This blog is aimed primarily at graduate students in engineering and science who are faced with the daunting task of writing a thesis and who could use some help and advice to make the experience less stressful and overwhelming.  However, the advice I’ll be posting on this blog will be useful to anyone who is facing a technical writing challenge including practicing engineers, undergraduate students in science and engineering, or technical school students. 

I’ll also be posting advice on designing and delivering effective presentations, as well as advice on effective teaching.  So please subscribe and come back often to see what’s new. 

Info about me:

I’m a hydrotechnical (civil) engineer with 30+ years of experience.  I was also an engineering professor for 24 years and the advice I’m presenting in this blog evolved over many years of advising my own students.  I know from personal experience that technical writing is one of the most challenging parts of any graduate program, yet one of the most important job and life skills for scientists and engineers.  It’s my hope that this advice will help you to get through your technical writing challenge with as little stress as possible.

If you would like to see some samples of my technical writing, you can click on this link to see a list of my technical publications.

If you’re an early career professor, or have aspirations to be one, you might want to check out my blog “Help for New Professors” – it offers advice (and humour) for early career academics.

In addition to my “day job” as an engineer and professor emeritus, I also write for fun in my spare time.  If you would like to read some of my lighter contributions please check out one or more of the following links:

My personal blog

  • stuff I write purely for entertainment…

My books

  • fictional and biographical books I’ve written…

My personal website

  • links to access my other blogs, technical publications, info on my research, and info about my books…

my Goodreads Author page

  • find out about what I’m reading and writing…

Thanks for visiting – please ‘follow” my blog so I can find and follow your blog, too!


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      Thanks Aryan – glad you found it useful. Good idea to post a link on my FB page – I’ll do that. Thanks!

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