Date

1-4-2017 12:00 AM

Major

English and Technical Communication

Department

English

College

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Project Advisor

Charles Kostelnick

Project Advisor's Department

English

Description

Aerospace engineering, or rocket science, is just one of many engineering disciplines that make use of collaboration with technical communicators to provide a comprehensive overview of any engineering project, old or new. For my honors project, I explored multiple aspects of being a technical communicator that collaborates with an all-engineer team to produce effective technical communication. The Cyclone Student Launch Initiative (CySLI) gladly accepted my offer to assist them with their NASA competition documents while I worked on my project. In exchange, I gained the technical background required to produce three forms of technical communication about rocket science at Iowa State: a brochure, a newsletter, and a technical description. The brochure is designed to reach out to middle school students who may be interested in model or high-powered rocketry. The newsletter is meant to inform CySLI team sponsors and program coordinators of events that occurred during CySLI’s competition year. Finally, the technical description provides a condensed design overview of the 2016-2017 rocket and provides information about NASA’s Student Launch challenge. Through working with these engineers, I gained a better understanding of how collaborative processes function in technical communication and had the experience of a lifetime building a true rocket.

Gearhart-Brochure.pdf (987 kB)
Brochure

Gearhart-Newsletter.pdf (2235 kB)
Newsletter

Gearhart-TechnicalDocument.pdf (852 kB)
Technical Document

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Apr 1st, 12:00 AM

Documenting Rocket Science

Aerospace engineering, or rocket science, is just one of many engineering disciplines that make use of collaboration with technical communicators to provide a comprehensive overview of any engineering project, old or new. For my honors project, I explored multiple aspects of being a technical communicator that collaborates with an all-engineer team to produce effective technical communication. The Cyclone Student Launch Initiative (CySLI) gladly accepted my offer to assist them with their NASA competition documents while I worked on my project. In exchange, I gained the technical background required to produce three forms of technical communication about rocket science at Iowa State: a brochure, a newsletter, and a technical description. The brochure is designed to reach out to middle school students who may be interested in model or high-powered rocketry. The newsletter is meant to inform CySLI team sponsors and program coordinators of events that occurred during CySLI’s competition year. Finally, the technical description provides a condensed design overview of the 2016-2017 rocket and provides information about NASA’s Student Launch challenge. Through working with these engineers, I gained a better understanding of how collaborative processes function in technical communication and had the experience of a lifetime building a true rocket.