Historically, the need for communication skills was t particularly emphasized in engineering education. However, recent studies show that clear, spoken communication is an essential competency for an engineer. This book introduces key principles of communication that support clear exchanges in a technical context. Using self-assessment tools and practical examples, as well as engineering-specific case studies, the book helps engineers develop effective communication and presentation skills, allowing them to successfully respond to technical challenges in day-to-day engineering jobs.
CLIFFORD A. WHITCOMB, PhD, CSEP, is Professor and Chair of the Systems Engineering Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He has over thirty years' leadership experience in teaching, research, and implementation of system engineering and product development for government and industry. His current research involves the development and assessment of executable architectures for combatant ship, unmanned vehicle, and information technology systems and systems of systems. LESLIE E. WHITCOMB, MSc, is an educator and facilitator with twenty-five years' experience in education and counseling. She has developed curricula for and implemented practice of multicultural microskills counseling and education practices in a diversity of settings.