Course Support

Summer 2015 Support of Writing-Intensive Engineering Courses

In Spring 2015, The Hanson Center for Technical Communication (HCTC) will grade writing projects in the following courses: Statics and Chemical Process Safety. Note: all engineering undergraduates are welcome to bring their writing to the Center, no matter what course it's written for.

APA Style Guide ( Purdue OWL )
For citation guidelines, the HCTC recommends that students refer to the Purdue Online Writing Lab. This is a reliable resource that is updated regularly to adhere to current APA style standards. Giving credit where credit is due demonstrates your integrity as an engineer.

Statics - 59:007

  • Writing Assignment ( PDF )

Fall 2014 Statics Essay Award Winners
Rae Ann Corrigan, Michelle Knirr, Qingyang Su

In Fall 2014, The Hanson Center inaugurated its first essay awards by choosing three Iowa engineering students (out of 226 possible candidates) whose research and reflections on the topic "Failure is Always an Option" were models of clarity and insight. They have given us permission to display their exemplary work, and we are delighted to do so:

No Leg to Stand On - Rae Ann Corrigan

The Failure of the Schoharie Creek Bridge -Michelle Knirr

What Actions Can We Take to Avoid Catastrophes - Qingyang Su

Chemical Process Safety - 52:187

  • Topical Paper Evaluation Sheet ( PDF )
  • Lab Report Guidelines ( PDF )
  • Lab Report Format ( PDF )
  • Lab Report Evaluation Sheet ( PDF )

Materials Science - 57:015

  • Lab Report Guidelines ( PDF )
  • Slides for Hanson CTC Class Visit - 2/19/15 ( PowerPoint )
  • How to Write an Abstract ( PDF)


Getting an Appointment
Signing up for a writing appointment is easy. Sign-up sheets are posted on the door of room 2224 SC, in the Student Commons area. Appointments are available Monday-Friday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday Nights: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.