Course Support

Spring 2016 Support of Writing-Intensive Engineering Courses

In Spring 2016, 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 2015 Statics Essay Award Winners
Mandy Gavin, Megan Helms, Solaris Nite

Congratulations to our latest essay award winners! Mandy, Megan, and Solaris drafted and revised their work with splendid results: from a pool of 245 possible essays, their discussions of how engineers cope with and learn from failure demonstrated the highest possible excellence in communicating complex technical issues for a general audience. We encourage all students currently enrolled in Statics to read these essays!

Rana Plaza Structural and Ethical Failure - Mandy Gavin

Lessons from Loma Prieta - Megan Helms

Big Blue Crane Collapse - Solaris Nite

Spring 2015 Statics Essay Award Winners
Maria Fernanda Larraga Martinez, Genevieve Goelz, Matthew Finley

Hyatt Regency Walkway Failure - Maria Fernanda Larraga Martinez

Rana Plaza Collapse Leads to Reform - Matthew Finley

The Show Must Go On - Genevieve Goelz

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

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 - CBE:3125

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

Materials Science - 57:015

  • Lab Report Guidelines ( PDF )
  • 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.,