Writing like an engineering professional

Bernadette Longo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


This paper presents a technique for assessing the social context of writing and then using that assessment to make writing decisions. To do this, it includes models of the rhetorical situation and the pragmatic situation that can be used to generate justifications for certain textual patterns. The paper also presents sample techniques for using these models to analyze the rhetorical and pragmatic situations as applied to writing a technical report. This paper is based on The IEEE Guide to Writing in the Engineering and Technical Professions (2017), published by IEEE/Wiley Press in the IEEE Professional Communication Society series.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum USA East
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538619407
StatePublished - Jul 2 2017
Event2017 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum USA East, WIE 2017 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: Nov 30 2017Dec 2 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum USA East


Other2017 IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Forum USA East, WIE 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Gender Studies


  • engineering communication
  • rhetoric
  • technical-writing


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