Center for Engineering Education
Faculty and Staff Survey

Name : Betsy M. Aller
Dept. : Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Research Interests :  
  Assessing Communication in Engineering Education; Writing-Across-Curriculum; Teamwork in Engineering

Education Background :  
  Ph.D. - 2001 Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University
M.S. - 1988 Rhetoric and Technical Communication, Michigan Technological University


Academic and Professional Background :  
  Academic Career Specialist, Western Michigan University (2001 - present)
Lecturer, Engineering Communications Program, Cornell University (1999 - 2001)
Coordinator of Engineering Communication, Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University (1991 - 1999)


Publications on Engineering Education:

 Refereed Journals (Engineering Education) -

  Journal of Language and Learning Across the Disciplines 2(3), 1998.  “Writing Across the Curriculum in College Chemistry.”  With W. Klein.
 Refereed Conference Proceedings (Engineering Education) -
 

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 1999:  “Developing an Assessment Plan to Meet ABET EC2000.”  With A. Pintar, T. Rogers, K. Schulz, D. Shonnard.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 1996.  “The Case for Comfort:  Oral Communication in the Engineering Curriculum.” 

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), 1994.  “Technical Communication Programs within the [Engineering] Disciplines.”

Frontiers in Engineering (FIE), 1993.  “’Just Like They Do in Industry’:  Concerns about Teamwork Practices in Engineering Design Classes.”

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), 1992.  “Curriculum-specific Communication Classes for Engineering Students.”

 Other Publications (Engineering Education) :
“Oral Reports in Engineering Design  (chapter 7).  Manual for Report Writing in Engineering Design:  Guidelines for Advanced Engineering Students, 2nd ed.  D. Hubbard et al., eds.  1992.



Engineering Education Grants Completed
  “Understanding and Developing Strategies for Technical Writing.”  NSF – Engineering Enterprise Program, Michigan Technological University, 1999.   $7,500.   PI:  B. Aller.

“Writing about Engineering in a Societal Context.”  NSF – Engineering Enterprise Program,Michigan Technological University, 1999.   $7,500.   Co-PIs:  B. Aller, M.S. Clancey.

“Proposal to Create a Kimberly-Clark Process Design and Communication Center.”  Kimberly-Clark Corporation, 1998.   $100,000.  Co-PIs:  B. Aller, A. Kline, T. Rogers



Engineering Education Grants Pending
  “Funding for Scholarly Activity:  Revision of Manual for Writing in Engineering Design:  Guidelines for Advanced Engineering Students.”  FRACASF program, Western Michigan University.  PI:  B. Aller.

Engineering Education Presentations:
Invited -
“Integrating Writing and Reading in the K-12 Science and Math Classrooms” (four institutes), 1999.  Educators’ Science and Mathematics Institute Series, Michigan Technological University, Dept. of Education    

“Integrating Communication Throughout the Engineering Curriculum.”  Speaker and workshop leader, 1997.   American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Chemical Engineering Division Summer School.
Selected -
“Involving Industry in Capstone Design Courses:  Enhancing Projects, Addressing ABET Issues, and Supporting Undergraduate Engineering Practice.”  (accepted)  American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), 2002.  With A. Kline.

“Assessing the ‘Unaccessible’:  Evaluating the Incorporation of EC2000 Criteria in an Engineering Enterprise.”  American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 2001.  With M.S. Clancey. 

“Writing in the Engineering Workplace:  Pedagogical Reflections and Responses.”  Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), 2001. 

“Creating Communication Modules for an Engineering Enterprise Initiative:  Programmatic and Rhetorical Considerations.”  Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), 2000.

“The Composition of Engineering:  Data, Design, and the Dialectic.”  Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), 1999.  “Assessment Goals:  Engineering Faculty Become Teachers of ‘Contemporary Issues’.”  American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 1997.

“Upheaval and Opportunity :  A Cross-disciplinary Perspective on Assessment Programs.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 1997.

 “The Case for Comfort:  Oral Communication in the Engineering Curriculum.”  American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), 1996. 

 “Technical Communication Programs within the [Engineering] Disciplines.”  Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), 1994.   

“’Just Like They Do in Industry’:  Concerns about Teamwork Practices in Engineering Design Classes.”  Frontiers in Engineering (FIE), 1993.

“Collaboration across the Curriculum:  Conversations with Seniors in an Engineering Design Class.”  Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 1993.  

“Communication and Engineering:  Helping Students See (and Practice) the Connection.”  American Chemical Society, Fall Scientific Meeting, 1992.

Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), 1992.  “Curriculum-specific Communication Classes for Engineering Students.”