- Professor of Practice, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
- Director, Engineering Communications Program
- PhD, Rhetoric, Theory and Culture, Michigan Technological University
As Director of the Engineering Communications Program, Barr developed a multi-faceted technical communications program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Tech. She delivers embedded communication instruction to undergraduate students, teaches to graduate engineering communication courses, assists faculty in crafting critical thinking/communication assignments, and trains GTAs and faculty in best practices in evaluating student communication. Barr currently serves as secretary of the IEEE Professional Communication Society Board of Governors and is a member of ASEE, NCTE, and the Consortium for Graduate Communication. She has a PhD in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture, with a focus on Writing Program Administration in STEM and is the author of three mystery novels.
Links of Interest
- "Divergent Courses: Preparing Graduate Students for Diverse Career Paths." 2019 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm). Barr, N.B. (accepted)
- "‘Helpful,’‘Irritating,’and ‘Smart’: Student Perspectives on Teams in a Mechanical Engineering Program." In 2018 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm), pp. 196-202. IEEE, 2018. Barr, N.B., De Clerck, J.P.
- "Starting from scratch: Incorporating communication instruction in a revised Mechanical Engineering curriculum." In 2017 IEEE International Professional Communication Conference (ProComm), pp. 1-5. IEEE, 2017. Barr, N.B.
- “Extending WID to train mechanical engineering GTAs to evaluate student writing,” 2016 ASEE Conference. Barr. N.B. Read More
- “Successes and Challenges in Implementation and Running of the First ME-Practice Class in the 2nd Undergraduate Year as Part of a Curriculum Revision,” 2016 ASEE Conference. Van Susante, P.J.; Barr, N.B.; Blough, J.R.; De Clerck, J.P.; Miller, M.H.; Miskioglu, I.; Odegard, G.M. Read More
NEH Connections Planning Grant
"The Performance of Portfolios Across the Curriculum: Am I an engineer yet?" 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA.
- "Reflection/Deflection: Challenges of Incorporating Reflexive Writing into a Mechanical Engineering Program,” 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, OR.
"Reflective Essays as Assessment Tools for Mechanical Engineering Students and Faculty," U.P. Teaching and Learning Conference, May 5, 2017, Houghton, MI.
- MEEM 5010 Professional Engineering Communication - Three-credit course introduces graduate students to conventions of professional engineering communication such as composing technical memos and a variety of reports (test, design, progress, etc.). Students will practice creating effective visuals for reports and slides and develop and deliver presentations.
- MEEM 6010 Engineering Research Communication - Three-credit course guides students through the process of publishing research in technical journals and presenting research at conferences and other venues, with a focus on the practical application of rhetorical concepts. Students will prepare papers and presentations related to their own research.