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ECE Seminar: Larry Henschen

"Technical Writing: Organizing a Research Paper "

April 4, 2012

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You’ve done the research, analyzed the data, and drawn your conclusions. Now how do you describe it to the rest of the world?

Learn about the issues you need to consider before you even start writing. Then learn the classic framework for presenting your work. What are the elements that should be in almost all papers? What are the topics that go in each of the various sections of a paper? What are the common ways for referencing prior work? Finally, learn some hints for making your intended audience want to read your paper.


Prof. Henschen received his BA, MA and PhD degrees in Mathematics all from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1966, 1968 and 1971 respectively. He has been employed at Northwestern University since 1971 and is now a Full Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. His research interests include automated reasoning and its applications to databases, universal access in human-computer interaction, intelligent systems for embedded systems design, and micro-processor systems. He is author or co-author on 120 journal and peer-reviewed conference articles and owner of one patent. He has graduated 70 PhD students, 18 of whom have become tenured professors and 4 of whom have become department chairs and/or college deans. He has received numerous awards for teaching at Northwestern University, including the Northwestern University McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Award, the highest given at Northwestern. He is currently the PI in three diversity grants – the Midwest Crossroads STEM/AGEP (NSF), the GLASS SBES/AGEP alliance (NSF), and the NU-START program (NIH).