People

Laura Grossenbacher

Laura Grossenbacher, Ph.D is Director of the Engineering Communication Program and the Director of Undergraduate Program Review. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and has been teaching courses in engineering communication at UW-Madison for more than twenty years. She has been involved in the development of online modules in engineering communication to help create a more flexible, blended learning experience for students. The modules are also designed to be used by engineering faculty in all departments as communication-across-the-curriculum initiative. She presented a paper on the value of these modules for developing consistent assessment practices for the 2012 ABET Symposium in St. Louis, Missouri, and again at the 2013 Symposium in Portland, Oregon.

She has taught engineering communication as part of the UW-Madison College of Engineering study abroad programs in both Toulouse, France, and Hangzhou, China. Her research interests in engineering ethics have been informed by her work abroad and by her development of case studies for a capstone course she teaches for undergraduate students in the International Engineering Certificate. She has given several professional presentations on issues in engineering ethics, including at the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics Conferences in 2011 and 2012 and at the Congress for Social and Ethical Implications at Arizona State University in November 2011. In January 2012, she was the invited ethics faculty for the “Winter School” of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network; this two-week study abroad graduate program, held at UNICAMP, Brazil, is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

email: lrgrossenbac@wisc.edu
office: ECB 3126
phone: 608.262.8073


Patrick Fessenbecker

Bio: Before coming to Madison in January 2022, Dr. Fessenbecker held positions at Bilkent University in Ankara and the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. He completed his dissertation on Victorian fiction at Johns Hopkins University in 2014, and has taught and published on a variety of topics in the interdisciplinary humanities. His book Reading Ideas in Victorian Literature appeared from Edinburgh University Press in 2020, and he is currently at work on a study of George Eliot’s moral philosophy. For more on Dr. Fessenbecker’s work, as well as a list of his publications, see his personal website.

email: pfessenbecker@gmail.com
office: ECB 3132


Deborah Galley
email: dgalley@wisc.edu
office: ECB 3134


Nathan Jung

Nathan Jung, Ph.D. graduated from UW-Madison with degrees in English, Psychology, and Integrated Liberal Studies. After earning his MA in English from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago, he has happily returned to sifting and winnowing at the UW.

Before joining the College of Engineering at UW-Madison, he taught courses in Technical Writing, Health Science Writing, and Business Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he also served as Technical Communications Specialist for the Mechanical Engineering department. Before that, he taught Freshman Composition and Literature at Loyola University Chicago and worked as a tutor and administrator for its writing and literacy centers.

Nathan has published peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics in the humanities and has edited a number of academic books, including three volumes of the “In Touch” series for the American Chemical Society. His classes are designed help students navigate democratic discourse in a multicultural and increasingly media-rich environment.

email: najung@wisc.edu
office: ECB 3130


Thomas McGlamery, Ph.D.
email: tom.mcglamery@wisc.edu
office: ECB 2102
phone: 608.265.4735


 

Cynthia Poe

Cindy Poe holds a J.D. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in U.S. History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her professional experience includes several years of practicing law, managing political campaigns, and teaching legal studies, history, and composition. Cindy has been teaching in the Engineering Communication Program since 2008 and has been for the UW Odyssey Project since 2016. Her teaching, research, and reading interests include civic and political communication, environmental history, legal and constitutional history, and mysteries. When not teaching, Cindy is often on the water in her kayak.

email: crpoe@wisc.edu
office: ECB 3138
phone: 608.265.8606


 

Mike Shapiro

Mike A. Shapiro (he/him), MA, has been teaching in the Engineering Communication Program since 2014, and has advised Wisconsin Engineer magazine since 2020. Mike has taught writing online since 2009, with a focus on supporting less-confident writers and on helping all students increase their writing efficiency.

email: mike.shapiro@wisc.edu
office: ECB 3136



Bart Skarzynski

After a brief stint in the world of finance in New York City, I came to realize that my life interests lie in writing, literature, and academia. Since I’d studied mathematics and economics in college, and since English isn’t my mother tongue (I was born in Poland and grew up in Montreal, Canada), my discovery required me to go back to school to hone my language skills. Having earned two Master’s degrees in creative writing, I was then hired as a lecturer in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. Five years of teaching composition and technical writing to Buckeyes — five years during which I learned as much as my students — have prepared me well for teaching in UW-Madison’s Engineering Communication Program (Go Badgers!). Further, my regular interaction with engineers has sparked my interest in the history of science and technology and in professional ethics, topics that you can hear me discuss in my InterEGR 397 classes. And when I’m not teaching or grading, I can be found holed up in some corner, writing the Great Polish/Canadian/American novel.

email: bskarzynski@wisc.edu
office: EH 3348

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Other instructors who have contributed to the success of the Engineering Communication Program include the following individuals:

Michael Alley
Jessica Citti
Sandy Courter
Ryn Etter
Elise Gold
Marty Gustafson
Susan Hellstrom
Aaron Hiltner
George R. Johnson
Joshua Kundert
Gisela Kutzbach (Former Director)
Evelyn Malkus

Christina Matta
Janel Miller
Traci Nathans-Kelly
Christine G. Nicometo
Paul L. Ross
Elizabeth Ryan
Bonnie Schmidt
Christine Stephenson
Wendy Swanberg
Meg Turville-Heitz
Donald Woolston
Steven Zwickel