Technical Communication Professors Chair IEEE ProComm Conference in Ireland


MACON – Mercer University School of Engineering faculty Dr. George Hayhoe and Dr. Helen Grady chaired this year's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Professional Communication (ProComm) Conference, which was held in Limerick, Ireland, July 12-15.

“Mercer continues to be a key influence in the field of technical communication,” said Dr. Wade Shaw, Kaolin Professor and dean of the School of Engineering. “Having our faculty members lead the international conference in the field is evidence that we are highly respected by our peers and colleagues.”

Dr. Hayhoe, professor of technical communication, and Dr. Grady, professor and chair of the Department of Technical Communication, have spent the past two years coordinating ProComm 2015.

Ceangail means 'connections' in Gaelic, and that's exactly what the conference's planning committee tried to provide to nearly 150 attendees on the campus of the University of Limerick,” said Dr. Grady. “The opportunity to chair an international conference of this stature brings significant recognition to Mercer University, the School of Engineering, and the Department of Technical Communication.”

Dr. Hayhoe and Dr. Grady have been active in IEEE ProComm for many years and have served on several conference committees.

In recognition of the long-term contributions of Dr. Hayhoe, who served as the society's president for two years, the conference annually awards the Hayhoe Fellowship to a graduate student to offset the cost of attending and presenting.

IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology, as well as a leader in publishing peer-reviewed content on technical subjects. IEEE ProComm is the only society for professional and technical communicators that is part of a larger STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) organization.

About the School of Engineering

Mercer University's School of Engineering, founded in 1985, offers innovative and academically challenging programs that provide students with a comprehensive education, featuring a solid foundation in mathematics and sciences, a core engineering curriculum, a range of courses in engineering specialties and a strong emphasis on communication technologies. The School is consistently ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top three master's-degree-level engineering schools in the Southeast. Known for its breadth of instruction in its undergraduate program and its five-year joint bachelor's and master's degree program, the School combines technical education with hands-on laboratory experience. Mercer engineers can look forward to joining fellow alumni in companies such as Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Lockheed Martin, Georgia Power, Siemens and Gulfstream Aerospace.