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Unformatted text preview: 1 Technical Writing* Reza Langari Department of Mechanical Engineering Texas A&M University [email protected] * Based on original slides by Bryan Rasmussen, TAMU MEEN ¡ Technical writing ability is essential as an engineer. ¢ Email from former A&M student to Dr. O’Neal : Dennis: That's great to hear about 260 and 404… I might have mentioned it before, but my manager here was impressed with my writing and report skil s. I hated it while I was going through al those lab classes, but now I appreciate why al of that was being dril ed into us! I know that the writing abilities of Aggie engineers have sometimes been criticized by employers, but I think the program's on the right track with it now. I'm sorry for hating it before! Have a great day. Thanks, Amy ¡ Basic principles: ¢ Write for with the audience in mind à Assume an “uninformed, but intelligent,” reader ¢ Focus on relevant results and conclusions à Include all necessary details à Do not include irrelevant data ¢ Plots, tables, and figures should be self-explanatory ¢ Grammar, spelling, and style count ¢ Never hide, obfuscate, or omit bad results ¡ Why are you doing the experiment? ¡ What is the theoretical/scientific basis of the experiment?...
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- Fall '08
- Mechanical Engineering, Cantilever Beam, Objective Experiment design, omit bad results, Technical writing ability