STREAM Tools for Scientists and Engineers

Come join UW IEEE and Prof. Alexander Mamishev, Associate Professor and Director of Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL) in the UW Department of Electrical Engineering share with us about STREAM
Tools: a Comprehensive System For Collaborative Writing. STREAM Tools is a unique, integrative, team-centered approach to writing and formatting technical documents.

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: EEB 303

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited; please RSVP at Thanks.


The presentation is aimed at students and professionals in science and engineering disciplines to discuss about STREAM Tools, a system developed by Profs. Alexander Mamishev and Sean Williams and presented in the book “Technical Writing for Teams: The STREAM Tools Handbook.”

STREAM Tools is a system of best practices to improve the efficiency of collaborative writing requiring teams to learn new or taxing software. STREAM Tools helps collaborative authors unlock their fullest potential, working both independently and as a team, to create the highest quality documents in the shortest time possible by advocating the use of a single software package. The use of a single software package, implemented uniformly by the team members, avoids the difficulties that result from endless discussion of compatibility issues: teams spend their time generating new text and innovating, not worrying about small details.

The presentation outlines STREAM Tools, including the key areas of document generation, writing, editing, proofreading, formatting, and file management. The presentation outlines how STREAM Tools overcomes
common challenges that writers face, and addresses such areas as team dynamics, separation of duties, and workflow. The presentation also presents a business case for STREAM Tools, showing the financial impact organizations realize as teams produce better documents faster.

Technical professionals who produce complex documents as part of their jobs (especially those who work and write in teams) will find STREAM Tools approachable, easy to learn, efficient, and most importantly, simple to share with their colleagues. Both employers and employees will find this information useful to maintain profitable relationships with their collaborators and create effective writing teams.

Speaker bio:

Alexander V. Mamishev graduated with Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT in 1999 and a minor in Technology Commercialization and Management from Harvard Business School and MIT
Sloan School of Management. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL) in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle. Prof.
Mamishev is an author of more than 100 peer-reviewed technical publications and patents. His research interests include sensor design, robotics, and energy technology applications. He is a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the IEEE Outstanding Branch Advisor Award, and the UW EE Outstanding Research Advisor Award.

Book co-author bio:

Sean D. Williams, PhD, Professor of Professional Communication at Clemson University, is the alumni of the University of Washington Technical Communication program. He has published or presented nearly
100 papers on information architecture, industry/academy relationships, visual communication, and virtual collaboration, and most recently 3-D virtual worlds. In addition to his research, Sean has consulted extensively in industry, helping companies develop and implement communication training programs, training materials, and collaboration systems.

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