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Technical Writing Webinar Series

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08 Mar 2019, 10:00 am


What is the definition of “high quality”, when it comes to technical writing? What are the key elements that differentiate high-quality technical writing from the technical writing that is less effective in communicating the message? This webinar stems from the presenter’s observations and personal thoughts over the last decade or two, as an active researcher, a mentor, and a teacher in the engineering community. This webinar will be organized around six key elements or keywords identified by the presenter, i.e., innovation, engaging, hypothesis, logic, synthesis, and details.


Dr. Xianming Shi, P.E. is an Associate Professor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Washington State University, where he serves the Site Director for two Tier 1 University Transportation Centers, CESTiCC and CAMMSE. He also directs the Smart and Green Infrastructure Group, the Laboratory of Corrosion Science and Electrochemical Engineering (CSEE) and the Laboratory for Advanced & Sustainable Cementitious Materials (ASCM) at WSU. In addition, Dr. Shi serves as the Deputy Director for the WSU Strategic Research Initiative Stormwater Program. He has approximately 20 years of research and teaching experience in multidisciplinary topics. Dr. Shi is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of a new journal, Journal of Infrastructure Preservation and Resilience, launched by Springer-Nature in 2019. He has authored or co-edited seven books and authored or co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, with an H-index of 37. Dr. Shi’s research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation, numerous Departments of Transportation and their consortia, USDOT, National Research Council, and the private sector, with a total budget of over ten million dollars. Two of his papers were the Highly Commended Award Winner at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence (2012 & 2013). One of his papers was the 2011-2012 Best Paper by the ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering. One of his projects won the AASHTO 2016 Sweet Sixteen High Value Research Project Award.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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INSPIRE - University Transportation Center


Technical Writing Webinar Series (II) co-sponsored by CESTiCC, IACIP, and INSPIRE

Moderator: Jenny Liu, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Missouri S&T

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