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Summary

Highly Experienced Freelance Technology Writer and Editor. Recently retired after thirty-two years with Siemens as Publisher and Executive Editor of the English edition of the company's flagship technology publication. Skilled in corporate communications, technical writing, and reporting on technologies ranging from medical imaging to factory automation. Master of Arts (M.A.) with Honors in Communications & Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, and a B.A. in English (Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society) from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Experiences

Current Experience

  • Retired Executive Editor at Pictures of the Future Magazine Munich, Germany
    Since September 2009

    I retired in Septemebr 2017 after 32 years as a technology writer and executive editor with Siemens at its headquarters location in Munich. During my final 15+ years with the company, my job was to identify and propose key subject areas for Siemens' worldwide external magazine, and ensure the development of groups of articles that illustrated Siemens' role in these areas. Subjects ranged from collective intelligence and machine vision to the latest trends in simulation, manufacturing, and advanced medical imaging technologies. I researched and wrote about ten percent of the articles myself and saw them through an extremely stringent approval process. I was also responsible for the editorial quality of the entire English edition, which -- until it went completely digital -- was typically 116 pages in length and appeared twice per year.

     

    Awards from the Society for Technical Communication:

    2012-2013 International Summit Competition (Information Materials)

    Award of Excellence 2012-2013 Washington D.C. Competition (Technical Communication)

    Award of Excellence 2011-2012 Washington D.C. Competition (Technical Communication)

    Distinguished 2009-2010 International Summit Competition (Information Materials)

    Distinguished & Best of Show 2009-2010 Washington D.C. Competition (Technical Communication)

    Distinguished 2008-2009 Washington D.C. Competition (Technical Publications)

    Distinguished & Best of Show 2007-2008 International Summit Competition (Information Materials)

    Distinguished 2005-2006 International Summit Competition (Magazines)

    Distinguished 2005-2006 Washington D.C. Competition (Technical Publications)

    Distinguished 2003-2004 International Summit Competition (Magazines)

    Award of Excellence 2002-2003 Trans-European Technical Communications Competition

    Distinguished 2002-2003 European Technical Publications Competition (France Chapter): Best of Show

Past Experience

  • Head of Marketing and Communications
    January 2004 --- January 2009
    Head of Marketing & Communications / Principal Consultant for the Software & Engineering Division of Siemens Corporate Technology. Senior Correspondent / Executive Editor Pictures of the Future magazine.

  • Coordinator / Editor, International Article Development
    September 1996 --- January 2004
    Coordinator / Editor, International Article Development, Siemens AG. Responsibilities: developing, writing and editing articles on a broad range of technology topics for external company publications. Founded Research & Innovation magazine and Research & Innovation Highlights. Executive Editor, Pictures of the Future, and Innovation News (which I founded) and Senior Consulting Editor for Siemens World, Siemens' employee magazine (circulation over 300,000). Awards; 1999; "Excellence in Technical Communication" for the publication Research & Innovation Highlights in the European Technical Publications Competition sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication 1999; "Best of Show for Printed Publications" for the publication Research & Innovation Highlights in the European Technical Publications Competition sponsored by the Society for Technical Communication

  • Executive Editor, Siemens Review
    June 1985 --- August 1996
    Executive Editor, Siemens Review, an international business and science magazine. Awards from the Society for Technical Communication: 1996: Award of Excellence, Technical Publications, Washington, D.C. Chapter 1994: Winner of the International Technical Publications Competition (Distinguished) 1994: Best of Show Competition, Technical Publications, St. Louis Chapter 1993: Award of Excellence, Technical Publications, Washington, D.C. Chapter 1992: Award of Achievement, Technical Publications, Washington, D.C. Chapter 1991 Award of Excellence, International Technical Publications Competition 1991 Distinguished Technical Communication Award, Washington, D.C. Chapter 1989 Winner of the International Technical Publications Competition (Distinguished)

  • Director, Publications
    September 1983 --- May 1985
    Director of Publications, New York Medical College, Valhalla, New York. Accomplishments: managed all phases of publication development from conceptualization to budget; produced all major College publications.

  • Editor, the Stethoscope
    August 1980 --- December 1982
    Editor, Publications, Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City. Responsibilities: developing and writing articles, operating room photography, editing, lay-out, design, supervisory duties. Accomplishments: totally redesigned hospital newsletter into a medical magazine; photographs in the New York Times, UPI, etc. Photographed "New York's First Test-tube Baby," which received worldwide press coverage.

Personality

Self Assessment :
Analytical thinkingAdaptabilityAttention to detailCharmCollaborationCommunicativeCreative thinkingCritical thinkingCuriosityDependabilityDiligenceEfficiencyFlexibilityIndependenceIndividualityInnovative thinkingInterest in knowledgeOrganizationSelf-disciplineStrategic thinking

Knowledge

LinkedIn Assessment :
NewslettersCreative WritingPublicationsTechnical WritingResearchEditingCorporate CommunicationsPhotographyInternal CommunicationsWritingInterviewsCopy EditingStrategymanagementconcept developmentProject PlanningTeam LeadershipCreative Problem SolvingInternet of ThingsMedical TechnologyHospitalsFactory automationIntegrated information systemsScenario VisioningFuture of Technology

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Communicate effectively on different company levelsCommunicationManuscript reviewManuscript preparation and reviewPrepare manuscriptPromotional materialsPublication of articles

Education

  • Master of Arts (M.A. with honors) Communications & Journalism in Radio/TV/Film and Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin in 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A. with honors) in English, Philosophy, Italian from Trinity University in 1974

Languages

BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
English
Native
German
Full Proficiency
Italian
Native

Work Preferences

  • Positions I am interested in:
    2102|106|212|105|Freeelance Editor|Editor|Science Writer|English Language Specialist|Consultant English Language Publications
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 3 to 5 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    BrightOwl freelancer :    20 Hours per week
  • International:
    Yes
  • Availability:
    Feb 2018 : 50%
    Mar 2018 : 50%
    Apr 2018 : 50%
    May 2018 : 50%
    Jun 2018 : 50%
    Jul 2018 : 50%

Publications

    Expert has 11 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Munich, Germany

Others

Driving License
  • Yes