Prof. H. J. Siegel
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Computer Science
What I Wish I Had Known about Giving Technical Presentations and Doing Technical Writing
There are three parts to this seminar, which is primarily aimed at an audience of graduate students (however, faculty have told me that they have found it useful). The first part is a discussion of guidelines for preparing and giving technical presentations. This is important because speakers’ technical presentations must be informative and interesting, holding the attention of their audience. The second part is an overview of how to write a technical paper. This is important because papers need to be understandable and convey the research contributions included if the authors want the paper to be accepted at a conference or journal. The technical presentations tips and the technical writing tips given can be used as a checklist of what one should do and what one should not do. The seminar concludes with my top ten reasons why I like being a professor. This will help students determine if that is a career path they should consider.