Engineering Communication Program

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The Engineering Communication Program offers two courses:

  • ENGR 231: Introduction to Technical Communication (required for most engineering students)
  • ENGR 333: Advanced Technical Communication in the Engineering Workplace

ENGR 231: Introduction to Technical Communication

3 credits

ENGR 231 examines the basics of researching and presenting technical information for different audiences and purposes. Individually and in teams, students learn to construct documents and presentations, following conventions of oral, written, and visual communication.

The ENGR 231 teaching team is committed to providing a welcoming environment for all students and for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching practices.

Multiple sections of ENGR 231 are offered in autumn, winter, and spring quarters.

All sections of ENGR 231 are strictly capped at 30 students. Students who do not attend the first two sessions of the section in which they are registered may be dropped from the course in order to accommodate other interested students.

Students with majors that require ENGR 231 as a graduation requirement are given preference in registration.

  • Registration Period I: Open to students in Engineering majors that require ENGR 231 (BSE, CHEM E, CIV E, COMP E, ENV E, EE, HCDE, IND E, MSE, ME), ENGR students, and EEP/UWACAD students
  • Registration Period II: Open to students in Engineering majors (Period I majors + AA, BIOEN)
  • Registration Period III: Open to students in all majors with an add code. To acquire an add code, students must attend the first two sessions of their desired section and request an add code from the instructor. The instructor will maintain a waitlist and send add codes to students after the second session.

For any questions or issues with registration, contact with ENGR 231 in the subject line.

ENGR 333: Advanced Technical Communication in the Engineering Workplace

4 credits

This course focuses on advanced skills, strategies, and genres related to technical communication and writing. Some genres include resumes, proposals, procedures, and presentations. The thematic focus of this course is on collaborative teamwork and inclusive language for a diverse workplace. The course content builds on practical strategies introduced in ENGR 231. 

Meet our instructors

Dianne HendricksDianne Hendricks

Dr. Dianne Hendricks is a lecturer in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering and the Director of the Engineering Communication Program at the University of Washington. She designs and teaches courses involving technical communication, universal design, ethics, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She co-founded HuskyADAPT (Accessible Design and Play Technology), where she mentors UW students in design for local needs experts with disabilities and also leads outreach activities to the UW community and local K-12 students involving toy adaptation for children with disabilities. Dianne holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Duke University and B.S. in Molecular Biology and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Tina Loucks JaretTina Loucks Jaret

Owner, Petals to Protons Technical Writing & Editing

M.S., Technical Communication, University of Washington; B.S. Environmental Studies and B.S. Botany, University of Washington



Mary-Colleen JenkinsMary-Colleen Jenkins

In her 20+ years as an educator, Mary-Colleen has taught composition; research writing; style and grammar; and technical writing, editing, and communication courses to both professional adult and undergraduate students. In 2018, Mary-Colleen was awarded the New Instructor Teaching Excellence Award, and in 2019 she was awarded the Team Instructional Excellence Award, both by UW’s Continuum College.

As a writing coach and professional development consultant, Mary-Colleen develops and presents custom professional development workshops on technical writing and communication for STEM-focused industries, specifically in engineering and consulting firms.

She holds a master’s degree in literature from Ohio University, and is passionate about bringing a humanities perspective to the world of technical communication.

Tamara NeelyTamara Neely

Tamara has worked in communications for over three decades, starting out in journalism and working in documentary production and as a radio news reporter in Washington, DC. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, Tamara started working for an engineering firm—and stayed there for almost 15 years, eventually working as their lead technical writer/editor and conducting corporate technical communications training. Tamara also teaches in the UW's professional and continuing education department's Editing Certificate Program and is part of the team that received the 2019 Team Instructional Excellence Award from UW’s Continuum College. Tamara aims to recreate real-world professional engineering communication circumstances in the classroom, which led to receiving the student-nominated 2020 Faculty Appreciation for Career Education and Training (FACET) Award. Tamara also focuses on practice over instant perfection and on developing a growth mindset—particularly for engineering students feeling hesitant about written and oral communication.

Lisa OwensLisa Owens

A 1993 graduate from the University of Washington, Lisa has spent the last 25+ years working in the software, life sciences, and healthcare industries. She relishes each opportunity to teach Engineering 231 and enjoys getting to know students and learning about the engineering problems they are working to solve.



Kevin ShiKevin Shi

Kevin received a bachelors and masters in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2017 and 2018. Kevin started lecturing for ENGR 231 in the autumn of 2019 to pursue his passion for teaching, mentorship, and promoting mental and physical wellness at his alma mater. By leveraging his recent experience as a UW College of Engineering graduate, he builds a welcoming and supportive classroom environment that promotes growth and life-long learning. Outside of teaching, Kevin loves dogs, traveling, and consuming seasonal Starbucks beverages. He is looking forward to meeting you in his class.

Chris WrennChris Wrenn

Sales Operations Manager, Adobe Systems

M.A., English Language and Literature, University of Virginia; B.A., English Language and Literature, Santa Clara University