Make sure your message is clear, yet that you are faithful to its complexity.
—Michael Dirda

Engineering was my original occupation, yet I quickly learned that communication is my vocation. As an engineer, I was surprised how often my work was affected by lapses in communication. 

So I continued my education in technical and scientific communication and then rhetoric, transitioning along the way to editing. As a freelance editor, I have 30 years' experience editing academic books, grants, articles, dissertations, and theses.

As an editor, I try to ensure that your document is clear and effective in its purpose. I can edit your text so that it conveys a professional tone, presents a clear argument, and follows a logical flow. If you need to comply with a specific set of guidelines or standards, I can also create and apply styles that meet those requirements.

Please contact me if you'd like to discuss your project. I look forward to hearing from you!




Copyedited 8 academic books, including most recently

Copyedited grants, articles, dissertations, and theses, including

  • ~30 national (NSF, NIH, FEMA, NIOSH), regional, & university grant proposals
  • ~20 articles in journals such as Computers and Industrial Engineering and Journal of Agromedicine
  • ~60 articles in 16 issues of Technical Communication Quarterly (1999-2002)
  • ~30 Dissertations & theses for students at LSU, Southern U, UMN, etc.

PhD, Rhetoric and Scientific & Technical Communication
UMN (2005)


Proofread converted test banks (ExamView) against original tests for ~200 textbooks, including

  • Applied Calculus (4e), Waner & Costenoble, Brooks/Cole (2007)
  • Corporate Finance (3e, 4e), Ehrhardt & Brigham, South-Western (2009, 2011)
  • Human Biology (7e, 8e), Starr & McMillan, Brooks/Cole (2006, 2010)
  • Macroeconomics for Today (5e, 6e, 7e), Tucker, South-Western (2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Organic Chemistry (7e), McMurry, Brooks/Cole (2008)
  • Physics (8e), Serway & Jewett, Brooks/Cole (2009)
  • Psychology: A Journey (3e, 4e), Coon & Mitterer, Wadsworth (2008, 2011)

Summer Publishing Institute
NYU (Summer 1997)


Formatted and laid out texts automatically using templates and style codes, including

Formatted tables, re-entered equations, and recreated graphics for clarity and consistency

MA, English - Technical Writing
LSU (1997)


Taught courses in grammar & mechanics and technical communication, including

  • Technical Communication, Mercer U (Spring 2006)
  • Professional Practices, Mercer U (Fall 2005, Spring 2006)
  • Technical and Professional Writing, UMN (Spring 2004)
  • Essentials of Grammar & Mechanics, UMN (Summer 2003)
  • Editing and Style for Technical Communicators, UMN (Fall 2002)

Co-developed A Primer for Grammar, Usage, & Punctuation under a TEL grant (2003-2004)

BS, Electrical Engineering
Rice U (1985)

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