Michael Alley, Penn State

Writing as an Engineer or Scientist

Essence of Writing Reports

Tutorial: Technical Reports


This tutorial presents the essence of writing reports in engineering and science. Targeting engineering and science students who have not yet taken a technical writing course, this tutorial focuses on avoiding the most common stylistic errors that young engineers and scientists make in their laboratory, design, and internship reports. Some errors discussed greatly affect a report's success. Other errors occur so frequently that they warrant discussion. More detailed information for this tutorial can be found throughout The Craft of Scientific Writing (Springer, 2018).