IEEE International Conference on Communications
20-24 May 2018 // Kansas City, MO, USA
Communications for Connecting Humanity

(1) Day Course for ESL Engineers

Advanced Technical Writing and Presentation For English-As-A-Second-Language Engineers

Sunday, 20 May 2018 at IEEE ICC, Kansas City, MO
9:00 am-4:30pm CDT
Instructor:  Narisa Nan Chu


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Course Description

Technical writing and presentation for an engineer whose native language is not English can be harder than the technical expertise the engineer attempts to convey. Without the proper communication skills in English, technical contributions could be drastically discounted and dismissed within the technical community. Beyond the known English grammar and common language usage, this course will explain the key factors to overcome cultural difference, logic inference and body language diversity.

This course will highlight the subtleties of English awkwardness in a case-by-case approach based on excerpts of reviewed papers from submissions to many international consumer electronics, communications, and computer conferences. The instructor will lead you through corrections made about the English errors, which happen more often than one would expect, even among reputable and experienced engineers.  Reconstruction in more authentic American English style will also be demonstrated.

All participants will receive a PDF certificate of participation via email after the course.  0.6 IEEE CEUs are also available upon completion of the post-course evaluation. 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to:

  • Have strengthened their use of English grammar
  • Be better prepared to deliver a presentation in English
  • Be able to go beyond classroom learning for improvement over technical writing and presentation deficiencies
  • Better relate the culture to language

Who Should Attend

This course would be of interest to any engineer for which English is a Second Language and who wishes to better understand language/culture subtleties and further develop their own highly professional technical writing skills.

Prerequisite:  Intermediate to proficient level of use of the English language is recommended for this course.  The instructor will be speaking in English throughout the lecture.  Students will be provided a PDF copy of the instructor's slides to use as a reference throughout the lecture.  Students should be able to understand day-to-day communications in most settings and write in English for personal and academic purposes, presenting their thoughts in an organized manner.


Dr. N. Nan Chu
Ph.D., Industry Expert & Instructor

Dr. N. Nan Chu, 朱 南 玉, worked in AT&T Bell Labs, Rockwell International, Tellabs International, Comcast/Motorola/Verizon and Thomson Multimedia, started as Senior Member of Technical Staff and promoted through the ranks to Executive Program Manager of Advanced Technology, Product Development and Service Deployment. Her technical contributions have followed the transformation from digital voice, Internet data, to digital video distribution and processing, where she was involved in encryption, conditional access, digital rights management, Intellectual Property protection as well as content processing and user interface.

While heavily engaged with the telecom and consumer electronics industry, Dr. Chu has forged collaboration with the academia by grant management and adjunct teaching in University of Illinois - Chicago, Widener University - Philadelphia, California Lutheran University - Thousand Oaks, DeVry University Keller School of Management, on multiple campuses in the USA, and National Central University in Taiwan. She was also the Director of Research & Services at California State University – Northridge. She has started 2 companies and currently is the principal of CWLab International, among other entrepreneurial activities throughout Chicago, Southern California, and Asia.

She has published more than 50 papers in areas related to digital communication/networking technology evolutions, and edited 2 books.  She has been credited as the co-author of Digital Set-top Box Standards in American SCTE and United Nations’ CCITT Study Group 9, and received awards for the early digital cable conversion standardization. Her current interests in research and product development include social networking, cloud computing, data security, and Internet technology to eHealthcare, concentrating on brain communication interfaces.

Dr. Chu has volunteered in IEEE professional services since the 1980’s, serving as Board of Governors in Consumer Electronics Society, Executive Industry Chairs for GLOBECOM, IGIC, and many other Communications/Computer/Consumer Electronics Society conferences and Section/Chapter meetings.

She received her B.S. from National Tsing Hua University, M.S. from Iowa State University, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University, major in Nuclear Engineering, in 1972, 1973, and 1977, respectively. Her career in the nuclear industry was short-lived. Her career in Telecommunications, Networking Software Systems and eHealth Consumer Electronics has thrived for 30+ years and continued till today.