Category Archives: STC

Michigan Tech Alum in episodes of “This Is Us”

Eric Michael JohnsonEric Michael Johnson, who graduated with a degree in Scientific and Technical Communication in 2012, was featured in an article in the Duluth News Tribune for earning a role as the drumming instructor in two episodes of the NBC drama “This Is Us” (Season 1, Episodes 13 and 14).

While at Michigan Tech, Johnson created a parody video of Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy” for a digital media course. In the article, Johnson recalls his time filming the video:

“It celebrates the geek, nerd culture at Michigan Tech. It is a celebration of that because I absolutely identify as a big sci-fi geek,” he said. Being in front and behind the camera in creating the video, he said “it was right around then that I really started to fall in love with the idea of filmmaking.”


Students Talk About STEM

Michigan Tech students Tanya Juarez and Stephanie Hubble recently appeared on a pod cast on the Website Remarkable Chatter.

The students, who appeared at the C-L-K Schools, talked on the podcast about women in STEM fields and how teachers can incorporate more STEM into their classrooms.

From Tech Today.

Michigan Tech University Students Talk Women In STEM (STEM Everyday 23)

Chris Woods visits with a couple of students from Michigan Tech University from the Women’s Leadership Council. The MTU students presented to the 11th and 12th grade girls of the Public Schools of CLK about STEM. Tanya Juarez, chemical engineering student and Stephanie Hubble, science and technical communication student from Michigan Tech University tries to spread the word that women do belong in STEM careers.

Read more and listen to audio at Remarkable Chatter, by Chris Woods. The podcast is 7 minutes 34 seconds.


Megan Walsh Named This Year’s Humanities Departmental Scholar

Megan Walsh

Each year, Michigan Tech honors an outstanding student from each academic department with the prestigious Departmental Scholar award. On April 18, 2014, at the 20th Annual Student Awards Ceremony, Megan Walsh, in recognition of her exceptional record of achievement in 2013, was named as this year’s Departmental Scholar for the Humanities Department.

In Spring 2013, Megan co-founded Beyond the Glass Ceiling, a student publication that addresses issues of interest to women, and which has received expressions of enthusiastic support from former students and faculty all over the country. The publication was recently renamed UNDER_WIRE, and Megan serves as its editor and president. This Fall, Megan presented her paper “Speak Up: Finding a Feminist Voice in a Field of Resistance,” at MTU’s academic OSCLG conference. This paper focused on challenges she’s faced in effecting productive social change with UNDER_WIRE.

Megan also served as the Opinion Editor of The Lode, where she collaborated with other editors to improve the quality of the paper and help increase its readership. Her Opinion section was singled out for praise at a national conference on student newspapers in Chicago.

Finally, as an intern at PANK Magazine since last June, Megan’s performed a range of tasks, from copy editing to design consultation to mailings.

Megan is looking forward to working with GLAAD in Los Angeles this summer as an Entertainment Media intern. She’ll be writing reports and blog posts on the representation of LGBT characters in the media. She’ll also contribute research to GLAAD’s “Network Responsibility Index” and their Where We Are on TV publication.


Nate Anderson, Class of 2013


Nate Anderson
Nate Anderson is a recent graduate of Michigan Tech's STC program

Hello, my name is Nathan Anderson, and I just graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Scientific and Technical Communication (STC). Since the STC program covers so much material, there were many areas I could focus on while at Michigan Tech. My portfolio highlights more of the graphic design and web design side of the program, though I have learned much about writing and rhetoric—two elements that are often very foundational to effective communication.

Beyond the classroom, I have been involved heavily in Cru, formerly Campus Crusade for Christ. Through this organization, beyond learning many leadership skills, I have also been able to practice what I have learned in the classroom in “real-life” situations. As shown in my portfolio, I have made the website for Cru and designed many publications such as table tents, posters, fliers, logos, and more.

Although my current job as a direct care staff at a Christian therapeutic boarding school doesn’t appear to be the best fit for my degree, there are plenty of opportunities for writing technical documentation and I hope to teach some of the teens in my care how to do some web design. I am open to wherever God leads me and I know that what I have learned at MTU has prepared me to face the many challenges that will come in my future.


Melissa Wilber, Class of 2013

Melissa Wilber
Melissa Wilber is a recent graduate of Michigan Tech's STC program.

I graduated from Michigan Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Scientific and Technical Communication (STC).  My portfolio demonstrates some of the skills and knowledge that I gained through academic, internship, and personal experiences by highlighting some of the work I completed while attending Michigan Tech.

Beginning with the Digital Imaging course, I was able to learn about DSLR photography and photo editing.  Following the course, I started my own photography business and now I work as a professional wedding and portrait photographer in my spare time.

I also focused on technical writing, from rhetoric, to white papers, and even documentation design.  Usability and instructions writing were two of my favorite components of the STC program and I hope to continue developing these skills throughout my professional journey.

During my last year at Tech, I worked as a marketing and communications intern for Horner Flooring, in Dollar Bay, Michigan.  There, I wrote white papers used as marketing collateral, created renderings of floor designs, and enhanced the overall communication of the company.

I am currently working in the Technical Communications department at Kohler Company in Wisconsin.  I could not be more excited to continue building upon the skills that I learned at Michigan Tech and I am looking forward to my future as a technical communicator.


CPTSC 2012 Conference a big success!

Last year’s Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference was held at Michigan Tech’s campus back in August of 2012. The goal of these conferences is to bring together directors and administrators in the field of Technical Communication from across the United States and abroad. It was an international conference that brought about a lot of questions regarding diversity in interesting and innovative ways. The featured speakers talked about their experiences in the field as well as the issue of diversity in Technical Communication. Their topics of discussion ranged from honoring diversity in the field to usability testing to bringing diverse perspectives to programs. Overall, the conference posed many questions about the future of Technical Communication and the importance of diversity in the classroom. It offered a real-life experience to students who were able to attend and allowed for great networking opportunities for faculty and students alike.


Usability Workshop: University of Minnesota’s Nick Rosencrans

On February 7th, Nick Rosencrans, a senior usability specialist from U Minn, came to talk to the STC Steering Committee, and folks from the Humanities Department. Nick is a usability consultant for the office of Information Technology at the University of Minnesota. He primarily works with web developers and software purchasers to conduct task-based usability evaluations. During his visit with the department, Nick discussed the best educational practices with our new Morae usability software. He conducted a workshop that demonstrated usability scenarios and provided guidance and materials for those incorporating usability into their class projects.