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Engineering writing

Publishing engineering writing: Access and participation in professional practices

Research project

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Director/PI: Mary Jane Curry

Collaborators: Wendi Heinzelman, Andrew Wall

Funding: Warner School mini grant 

Related projects: Professional academic writing in a global context


This study investigates how engineers write for publication and how students and post-docs learn the professional practices related to disseminating research findings.

We use a mixed-methods approach (ethnographic, interview and survey) grounded in a theoretical framework drawing on social practice, social capital and social network theories.

Research apprenticeships for doctoral students can be created from this project. Contact Dr Mary Jane Curry at