Developing professional communication skills in engineering students
Studying the successes and failures of research in groups, with men and women from various countries helps students develop strong professional communication skills.
Learning what it takes to actually “show” an audience that an engineering solution works.
The students in the Kawamoto Laboratory work on developing important professional communication skills by constructively evaluating the successes and failures of their research work as much as possible during the school year with their colleagues. Their topics of study range from IT applications to support English education inside and outside of the classroom to investigations of the design/development challenges of cyberphysical systems for improving the condition of life in the communities and society around them.
With more and more students eager and willing to do work in English to learn it rather than learn English to do work, there will be greater opportunities for research discussions and collaborations outside of the laboratory, outside of the university that will prepare students for the workforce even outside of Japan.
By emphasizing the development of professional communication skills throughout the research process, graduates enter the workforce with versatile skills in adapting their work discussions with different colleagues, audiences, clients, etc.
Pauline N. Kawamoto(A.P) has been on the faculty at the Nagano-Engineering Campus in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1996.