I am writing to express my appreciation for the Undergraduate Professional Communication Program. I started my BS in EE at tech in 1999, and recently I transferred to Duke University to finish my Ph.D., also in Electrical Engineering.
The UPCP's teaching methods are tried and true: Regular assignments that provide an opportunity to practice concepts; tough grading backed by thorough feedback; and a great willingness to work with students outside of class.
When I was applying to graduate schools, I was faced with re-writing my resume, writing a brief personal history, and writing a declaration of research intentions. The UPCP gave me a good measure of confidence in writing these, but I wanted my application to be 'stellar', so I took my first drafts to the UPCP faculty for review. There is no question in my mind that my final drafts were 300% more impressive and persuasive than the originals, and that I could not have achieved such success without the UPCP faculty's help.
-- Andy Ewing, BSEE '06
The Undergraduate Professional Communication Program is clearly a trend setter, and it benefited me tremendously while I was a student and continues to help me as a professional. The UPCP absolutely helps ECE students improve their communication skills, even if they don't realize how important those skills are. As long as the UPCP exists, I will support it in every way I can.
-- Alaric Craig, BSEE '03 & MSECE '05
Network Engineer, Goldman Sachs
I just wanted to let you know that over the past year, two of my bosses have been very impressed by my technical writing and presentation skills. They have said that I "don't appear nervous at all while giving a presentation like most new employees" and that I "produce good technical documents." I owe an enormous debt to you and the UPCP for teaching me the technical writing skills necessary for my engineering job.
-- Ryan C. Stewart, BSCmpE '06 & MSECE '07
Research Engineer I
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Since graduating from Tech, I've been working full-time in San Diego for a company called ViaSat. Life is great here, and I've received praise at work for having excellent communication skills. The UPCP is doing a great thing, so keep up the good work!
-- Atul Mathuria, MSECE '06
RF Engineering, ViaSat
I just wanted to thank y'all for all the instruction during the past four years. I am currently participating in a startup company foundry called Jumpstart Foundry, which is part of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center. I have pitched my company multiple times already using Powerpoint slides. I used everything you taught us about making professional slides, presentation techniques, and appearance.
Of the six startup teams (including teams consisting of older members in their 40s) we received the most praise. People loved the presentation and how clearly we presented the problems and our solutions. As much as I hated every second of typing up all the reports and presentations, the skills I learned from the UPCP are some of the most important I've gained, especially for someone like me who is trying to break into the entrepreneurial world.
-- Oren S. Levy, BSEE '11
Congratulations on all the success you are having with the UPCP! It really is a key component of a good engineering education. I cannot begin to say how integral writing and communication are to my job. I'm even part of a team that's writing security standards that the entire electric sector is required to follow. A comma in the wrong place in a standard can be crucial when a utility may have to pay up to $1M per day if they don't meet the requirements our team is writing. These students are definitely better off having gone through ECEs writing program.
-- David Revill, MSECE '03
Manager, Georgia Transmission Corporation
I would first consider UPCP my alma mater, then Georgia Tech, and then Carnegie Mellon University (grad school). That's how much UPCP means to me. The UPCP gave me a venue to explore my interests in art via ecesis, and helped me discovering my passion in building useful products and conveying their use by training me to present my team's senior design project at the 2006 Windows Embedded Challenge. I went on to become a consultant who translated business requirements to system requirements, and now every single day I pitch my tech company - which in itself assists jobseekers to communicate to employers better.
-- Ayan Kishore, BSCmpE '06
CEO, Careerimp (resunate.com)