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Anneliese Watt

Professor of English

Dr. Anneliese Watt is an English professor who specializes in engineering communication, genres, rhetoric, and British literature. She teaches a popular political rhetoric course in which students analyze the campaign rhetoric of presidential candidates. Dr. Watt also co-teaches the Grand Challenges summer course, through which students must address one of 14 global grand challenges identified by the National Academy of Engineering. Past classes have tackled such issues as creating a clean water delivery system for a Kenyan village and repurposing plastic trash into roofing materials for homes being constructed in Haiti.

Teaching Interests

  • Engineering design studio
  • Technical and professional communication
  • Rhetoric and composition
  • Public speaking
  • Literature

Research Experiences

  • Engineering communication
  • Rhetoric
  • Medicine in literature

Publications & Presentations

  • Watt, A., Bernal, A., and Kirkpatrick, S., “Usability Testing: Influencing Design Decisions and Improving Documentation,” Proceedings of the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 2016
  • Watt, A., Bernal, A., and Kirkpatrick, S., “Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Engineers,” Proceedings of the 2016 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 2016
  • Watt, A., House, R., Livingston, J., and Summers, S., “Elevator Pitches, Crowdfunding, and the Rhetorical Politics of Entrepreneurship,” IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, Austin, Texas, 2016
  • Watt, A. and Summers, S., “Quick and Dirty Usability Testing in the Technical Communication Classroom,” IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, Limerick, Ireland, 2015
  • Watt, A., Bernal, A., and Kirkpatrick, S., “What’s in the Soup? Auto-ethnographies from an Engineer, a Physicist, and an English Professor Regarding a Successful Multidisciplinary Grand Challenge Program,” Proceedings of the 2014 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 2014

Academic Degrees

  • BA, Baldwin-Wallace College, 1992
  • MA, The Pennsylvania State University, 1994
  • PhD, The Pennsylvania State University, 1998