Dr. Hillary Hart, distinguished senior lecturer in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the Cockrell School of Engineering, has been appointed president of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). The international society announced Hart's election at its annual Technical Communication Summit in May.

Hillary Hart

"I am excited to lead STC in this year of continued change in information and communication technologies and practices," Hart said. "The global economy continues to be volatile and slow to recover from the 2008 U.S. recession, but technical communicators are well positioned, through their training and skills, to adapt to and lead initiatives in business and government that harness the way we communicate now."

For more than 24 years of her tenure at The University of Texas at Austin, Hart has developed a multi-level program in technical communication, teaching more than 165 undergraduate and graduate engineering students each year. She has published more than 20 technical articles on environmental risk communication, engineering ethics, engineering communication and defining technical communication.

About the Society for Technical Communication

Technical communication is the process of conveying complex information in a way people can understand and use. The Society for Technical Communication is the largest association of technical communicators in the world, comprised of more than 7,000 members on six continents throughout its 130 chapters and 22 special interest groups. STC members work in every industry, producing instructional manuals, online help, multimedia, training resources and other forms of technical communication. For more information, visit www.stc.org.