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Sandra Matteucci, Director & Lecturer
Sandra Matteucci began teaching Technical Writing at Washington University in St. Louis in 2001. Today, she teaches technical writing and works in the Engineering Communication Center, a walk-in writing consultation service for undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty in Engineering.
Sandra has almost twenty years experience in technical writing, information design, and online content development. Her writing experience includes consulting work in industry, including healthcare, banking, and the chemical/agricultural business. She has developed user manuals, online help, and ISO 9000 procedures for certification by the International Standards Organization. Before she accepted her current position at WashU, she helped co-found a small consulting firm offering writing, and web development services.
In 2001, she received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award from the Society for Technical Communication, an international organization dedicated to technical communication. In 2007, she received an Innovation in Teaching Award from the Engineering department; and in 2009, she was a Gephardt Institute for Public Service grant recipient for Innovation in Community-Based Teaching and Learning and will be teaching a course incorporating technical writing in service to the community. She holds a B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin and a MLA from Washington University in St. Louis.
James Ballard, Senior Lecturer & Director Emeritus
Jim Ballard inaugurated the undergraduate course in Technical Writing in the mid 1970s and continues to teach the course today. He also teaches a graduate course in Engineering Communications, as well as Engineering Practice and Professional Values, an ethics-focused undergraduate course. In addition to consulting in the Engineering Communication Center, Jim pursues interests in pedagogy, technical graphics, oral presentation, warning communications, and research writing.
Lynnea Brumbaugh, Senior Lecturer
With a PhD in English and ten years of teaching Management Communications in the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Lynnea Brumbaugh brings to her Technical Writing courses a strong emphasis on precision, clarity and presentation of technical material.
Her strong interest in the "soft" skills of professional life, centering on interpersonal communication and personality integration, have led to the development of her Leadership and Teambuilding course.
In her work in Engineering Communications Center, she specializes in resume and cover letter consultations as well as dissertations and faculty and graduate articles. She also leads workshops on presentation skills, gender in the workplace, and creativity.
Allison Creighton, Lecturer
In 2014, Allison joined McKelvey Engineering to teach Technical Writing. Since then she has also taught Communication Tools for Academic & Professional Success in Engineering, and in Fall 2020, she will begin teaching Presentation Skills for Scientists and Engineers. Along with a teaching background of more than two decades, Allison brings many years of experience as a technical writer and editor. As a teacher, she strives to facilitate a classroom environment that encourages open discussion and that emphasizes all aspects of the writing (and presentation development) process, including various peer workshop experiences and the ongoing process of self-evaluation. Allison greatly enjoys aiding and witnessing students’ growth as writers and communicators.
Allison holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, an AB in English and Secondary Education from Washington University in St. Louis, and two undergraduate degrees. Prior to joining McKelvey Engineering, she taught at Fontbonne University and St. Louis Community College - Forest Park, where she also supervised the Supplemental Instruction Program.
Seema Mukhi Dahlheimer, Senior Lecturer
Seema Mukhi Dahlheimer has taught Technical Writing and worked with students and faculty at the Engineering Communication Center since 2008. She has been at Washington University in St. Louis since 1999, first as a student, then as an administrator at The Writing Center and Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning, and now in the Engineering Communication Center.
Seema holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, an MA in English with a Teaching of Writing concentration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and an AB in English and Secondary Education from WUSTL.
She is a writer, an educator, and a lover of all things writing-related. Her experience includes teaching writing at WUSTL, Fontbonne University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Webster University, and St. Louis Community College. She has also consulted as a writing coach for professionals in fields such as finance and law, freelanced as a writer in industries ranging from public engagement to healthcare, and tutored high school students in writing and standardized test preparation.
Fran Hooker, Adjunct Instructor
Fran Hooker has devoted her professional life to the written word. She began her affiliation with WashU in Public Affairs, writing and editing articles about research in medicine, physics, and the space sciences. For ten years, she served as Curriculum Coordinator for the Communications and Journalism Program in University College. In 2000, she became a tutor at the Washington University Writing Center and has since served as a writing center administrator, first at Webster University, then at Cornerstone: The Center for Advanced Learning. Currently she supervises the College Writing Center at St. Louis Community College, Meramec. She is also a writer of children's fiction, represented by the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Since 1995, Fran has taught numerous writing courses at WUSTL, including Freelance Writing, Business Writing, and Composition. She has also enjoyed teaching courses related to two of her passions, the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and the American West. Fran became an adjunct lecturer in Technical Writing in 2009.
Fran holds a Master's in English from WUSTL, and a Bachelor's in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.
J. Tucker Krone, Adjunct Lecturer
J. Tucker Krone began teaching in the Engineering Communication Center fall of 2017. Tucker has five years of clinical trials experience in addition to a background in biomedical engineering and infectious disease epidemiology. His work experience resulted in peer-reviewed publications, grant proposal editing, conference presentation and statistical consulting in both the academic and business fields. He holds a B.S. from WashU in Biomedical Engineering and a M.S from the University of Iowa in Biostatistics.
Cindy Mittanck, Senior Lecturer
In 2011 Cindy joined McKelvey Engineering to teach Technical Writing then also began teaching Conflict Management and Negotiation in 2013. Her zeal for teaching is fueled by exploring each student’s passion for engineering through their writing and communication skills.
Cindy brings over 15 years of industry experience to her role as an instructor. First, as a research scientist in Monsanto’s agricultural division, she engineered methods for controlling plant disease in important crops like wheat and potato. While there she also led and co-developed training programs in communication, team-building, and leadership. Next, she consulted at Pfizer as a project manager to produce an annual technical meeting for its 1200 St. Louis scientists. Cindy earned bachelor’s and master's degrees in microbiology and cell sciences in 1985 and 1994, respectively, from the University of Florida.
Karen Schwelle, Senior Lecturer
Karen Schwelle teaches courses for both undergraduate and graduate students, including Communication Tools for Academic and Career Success in Engineering, Publication Writing, and Technical Writing. She has designed and delivered workshops on topics including Language Features in Research Articles and Online Resources to Refine Your Writing. She also provides one-on-one support with writing and speaking projects.
Karen Schwelle joined the Engineering Communication Center in 2019. Previously, she led the English Language Programs in the Office for International Students & Scholars at Washington University in St. Louis. She has developed and delivered courses and other services to address the communication needs of students and researchers in architecture, the biomedical sciences, business, engineering, law, and social work. She has served as chair of the English for Specific Purposes Interest Section in TESOL International Association, and is a member of the Consortium on Graduate Communication.
She holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MA in German Literature and Cultural Studies from Indiana University at Bloomington, and a BA from Augustana College in German and Spanish.
Teresa Tarwater, Adjunct Instructor
An adjunct lecturer in Technical Writing since 1991, Teresa brings over 20 years professional experience as a technical writer, editor, publication manager, software developer, and corporate consultant into the classroom. Currently VP of Marketing at COMPROSE Inc. a St. Louis-based software, services and consulting firm, Teresa specializes in corporate technical and marketing communications and has been involved in all aspects of commercial software development and marketing from application design and customer education to sales and technical support. Her industry experience includes providing policy and procedure design, training, and consulting services to organizations in manufacturing, banking, health services and many other industries. A sampling of clients includes Intel, Honeywell, Toyota Motor Corporation, International Financial Data Services, First Bank/First Services, State Street Bank, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, New England Power & Light, Diagnostic Laboratory Services, and Virginia Commonwealth University-Health Systems.
As a specialist in creating more effective standard operating procedures, Teresa has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences including the American Society of Quality Control, International Quality and Productivity Center, Electric Power Research Institute, and International Society for Technical Communication.
She earned a Master's of Arts in English Language and Literature, summa cum laude, and Bachelor's of Arts in English Language and Literature with a minor in Chemistry, magna cum laude, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.