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Constructing tomorrow’s world in phrases

On the floor, writing and engineering don’t appear to have a lot in widespread. However the hyperlink between the 2 is greater than obvious to Suzanne Lane ’85, who’s been director of MIT’s Writing, Rhetoric, and Skilled Communication (WRAP) program since 2013. 

“I made our program’s motto ‘Constructing tomorrow’s world in phrases,’” she says. “Writing and speaking is invention, and it shapes {our relationships}. It shapes our materials world. Virtually the whole lot that occurs on this planet is first a plan that then has to get articulated.”

WRAP, a part of Comparative Media Research/Writing (CMS/W), improves college students’ communication expertise by way of 4 communications-intensive undergraduate necessities. “We assist college students perceive the central genres of their self-discipline,” she says. “How do you make these genres—say, a white paper or a presentation—work successfully? How do you design your writing on your viewers?”

Educated each as an engineer and a author, Lane has lengthy beloved each pursuits. “I heard so much as a child that I needs to be an engineer, as a result of I used to be excellent at math and I used to be typically modeling and inventing issues,” she says. “And I all the time beloved to learn. Summer time, all people else can be exterior. I’d be like, ‘Nice. I can simply sit inside and browse all day.’”

At MIT, the place she majored in chemical engineering with a focus in literature, she discovered an lively neighborhood of like-minded folks. “It was inventive and thrilling and extremely social, and simply lots of enjoyable,” says Lane. “I had probably the most fantastic teacher [for expository writing], Kate Burnett … it was an important pleasure to me that once I got here again years later, I acquired to show that very same class.”

Lane labored in engineering for a number of years, then acquired an MFA in inventive writing from the College of Colorado, Boulder, and a PhD in English with a give attention to rhetoric from UMass Amherst. Rhetoric, or understanding how writing and narrative will be made to work higher, is “a really engineering query however utilized to communication,” she says.

After educating in Harvard’s expository writing program, she returned to MIT in 2008 to hitch WRAP. When not educating, she research methods to enhance communication training by way of Archimedia, WRAP’s analysis arm. WRAP’s total efforts lately earned a certificates of excellence from the Convention on Faculty Composition and Communication.

“To ensure that folks to work collectively, they’ve to have the ability to talk,” she says. “They should actually be on the identical web page.” 


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