Workshops (2019)

OPIC2019 Workshop

Open to those with a paid registration badge. No advance registration is required. However, due to limited seating, we will grant course access on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Craft of Scientific Presentations:A Workshop on Technical Presentations

8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Conference Room 413

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)

This course provides attendees with an overview of what distinguishes the best scientific presentations. The course introduces a new design for presentation slides that is both more memorable and persuasive from what is typically shown at conferences.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:
• account for the audience, purpose, and occasion in a presentation
• logically structure the introduction, middle, and ending of a scientific presentation
• create a memorable and persuasive set of presentation slides
• deliver a presentation with more confidence

Intended Audience

This material is intended for anyone who needs to present scientific research. Those who either have not yet presented or have made several presentations will find this course valuable.

The Craft of Scientific Writing:A Workshop on Technical Writing

1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Conference Room 413

Course Level: Introductory
Course Length: Half-day (3.5 hours)

This course provides an overview on writing a scientific paper. The course focuses on the structure, language, and illustration of scientific papers.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, attendees will be able to:
• account for the audience, purpose, and occasion in a scientific paper
• logically structure the introduction, middle, and ending of a scientific paper
• make your language clear, energetic, and fluid
• avoid the most common mechanical errors in scientific writing

Intended Audience

This material is intended for anyone who needs to write about scientific research. Those who either have not yet written a paper or have written several papers will find this course valuable.

Instructor’s biography

Catherine Berdanier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Pennsylvania State University. She earned her B.S. in Chemistry from The University of South Dakota, her M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and Ph.D. in Engineering Education from Purdue University. Her research interests include graduate-level engineering education including doctoral student attrition and persistence; engineering writing; and engineering communication. Her research has been published in Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, and many other journal and conference venues.

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