Elaine Wisniewski

Wisniewski, Elaine | Faculty

Ph.D., Teaching Professor in Technical Communication, College of Engineering

320 Gorguze Family Laboratory




About Elaine

Elaine Wisniewski teaches technical communication courses in the Chemical Engineering and Industrial and Operations Engineering (IOE) departments. She has degrees in IOE and Technical Communication from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, respectively, and received a doctorate in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University. Prior to teaching technical communication, she worked in industry on projects regarding human factors engineering at the Center for Ergonomics, Johnson Controls, and Applied Safety and Ergonomics. She has also held positions with the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the Society for Technical Communication.

Her current academic research interests include:

  • theories and pedagogies of engineering communication
  • rhetoric of technical communication program administration
  • assessment strategies for technical communication programs and curricula
  • educational technology and applications
  • communication practices in the engineering workplace

She has received grants to study and apply active learning pedagogies, including the flipped classroom. She has presented her research at conferences for:

  • Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT)
  • College Composition and Communication
  • Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
  • Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC), and
  • Special Interest Group for Documentation of Communication (SIGDOC)

She also consults with student project teams through the Tauber Institute for Global Operations and the College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Design Program.


Ph.D., Technical Communication and Rhetoric, Texas Tech University
M.A.,Technical/Professional Communication, Eastern Michigan University
M.S.E, B.S.E., Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan