Hillary Hart

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A Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, Dr. Hillary Hart has been a faculty member since 1987 in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. She created and runs the CAEE program in Technical Communication, teaching over 120 undergraduate and 15 graduate engineering students yearly as a Distinguished Senior Lecturer.

In 1996, Dr. Hart inaugurated a new graduate course, never before taught at UT, called Advanced Technical Communication for Engineers (CE 389C).  The course is designed to help graduate students from all over the College write, publish, and disseminate their research work and results in many different forms.

Her research interests include development and evaluation of web-based instructional materials, engineering ethics, and environmental and risk communication. She has conducted risk-communication research for BP-Amoco Corp. and for the Amarillo National Resource Center for Plutonium. Dr. Hart has been a research fellow with the Construction Industry Institute and a senior research associate with the Center for Research in Water Resources. She is currently a co-PI on a grant to produce web-based educational modules on engineering ethics, suitable for inclusion in any engineering undergraduate course. She also conducts short courses and workshops for a diverse selection of clients, including public agencies (the Texas Water Development Board) and corporations (Object Reservoir, Inc.).

Dr. Hart is an active member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) at the local and international levels.  She served as President of the Austin chapter in 1992, and managed the STC international committee on Academic Program Development for two years (1993-95) and the Special Interest Group on Environmental Health and Safety Communication for six years (1998-2004).  In 1998, she received the Distinguished Chapter Service Award from STC, and in 2003 she was made an Associate Fellow.