Differences Based on Type of Engineering
This chapter has focused on writing in the scientific format. The ideas in this chapter are meant to give you a brief introduction only. Be aware, however, that chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical engineering, and computer science each have their own journals, websites, organizations, etc. They also have their own requirements when it comes to writing. As you progress in your major you will encounter more individualized and varied styles than discussed in this chapter.
Each of the websites below includes guides and templates for authors wishing to write in these fields. You may wish to consult these websites and their resources as you go forward in your schooling:
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for electrical engineering and computer science (and computer engineering)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
For a more in-depth discussion of writing and engineering see the Fundamentals of Engineering Technical Communications textbook by Ohio State University.