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  Barbara Donohue
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  A resourceful writer, ghostwriter and journalist specializing in mechanical technologies, covering technology, science, business and general topics.

M.I.T.-educated mechanical engineer with 15 years industrial experience in engineering, 17 years as a writer and editor in journalism, marketing communications and technical documentation.

Personable, professional, flexible and thorough. Skilled at turning technology into English and making complex material easy to understand.

Writing: Articles, white papers, case studies, catalog copy, press releases, company and staff profiles, explaining technology, user guides, special projects.

Ghost-writing: Creating articles for the trade press based on interviews with subject experts. Providing clients an authoritative presence in trade publications with minimal client effort.

Web Content: Application notes, success stories, technology overviews, product details. Clear, concise copy, written for easy readability on-screen.
Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 5 Years
Technical Writer 19 Years
Writer 21 Years
Specialty
Science 3 Years
Business (general) 7 Years
Technology 19 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
21 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Today's Machining World (11+)
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Tim Rosa Associates (6-10), SepSensor (1-2)
Other Work History
Rockwell Automation - tech writer - in-house, contract
Bose - Science writer, home entertainment products
Wintriss Controls- tech and marketing writer
Panametrics - tech writer
Harvard Post Newspapers, Inc., Editor, The Bolton Common, a small-town weekly newspaper
Computer Skills
MS office suite (experienced); Acrobat; Freehand, Illustrator
FrameMaker, Quark XPress (intermediate)
Equipment
Desktop, laptop, digital camera and video, digital voice recorder.
Foreign Language Skills
French: reading only.
Work Permits & Visas
US citizen
Associations
New England Science Writers (NESW)
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
Other
BS degree and graduate work in mechanical engineering.
Practical engineering experience in industry: design, manufacturing and heat transfer.

Graduate studies in nonfiction writing.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near Boston, MA. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
 
Manufacturing  
(Forward (Metals Service Center Institute), 5/8/2013)
About CermaClad, a new method of cladding metal with corrosion- and wear-resistant coatings from the MesoCoat company.
(Today's Machining World, 3/1/2009)
In March 2009 www.todaysmachiningworld.com A very special class of materials can “remember” their shape. After deformation you can just heat them and they return to their original form. . . It’s expensive and hard to machine, but Nitinol is perfect for applications that require
(Today's Machining World, 3/1/2008)
Coverage of "designer alloys" and custom sourcing options for metals.
(Today's Machining World, 6/1/2007)
Coverage of lab analysis and handheld x-ray fluorescence instruments relating to positive material identification in the machine shop.
(Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News, 11/1/2006)
Coverage of the 2006 International Manufacturing Technology Show, the largest machining exhibition in the US. For a Singapore-based metalworking magazine.
Business Profiles  
(Cityscapes Books, 11/1/2008)
Business profile of a manufacturing company for Indianapolis Visions, a book that profiles the city of Indianapolis, Ind.
(Cityscapes Books, 11/1/2008)
Profile of a manufacturing company for Indianapolis Visions, a book profiling the city of Indianapolis, Ind.
(Dance Retail News, 10/1/2005)
Profile of Motion Unlimited, a dancewear store in Chicago
(Dance Retail News, 9/1/2005)
Profile of June's Dancewear, a shop in Texas.
Articles written for clients to appear under their bylines  
(St. Louis Small Business Monthly, 1/1/2007)
Article ghostwritten for Textron Financial
Business  
(The Better World Report, 4/1/2009)
Article for a publication of the Association of University Technology Managers, about an environmentally sound termite control product developed at University of Florida and licensed to a pest control company. http://www.betterworldproject.net/documents/AUTM_09_BWR7.09_FNL.pdf
(The Better World Report, 4/1/2009)
Article for a publication of the Association of University Technology Managers, describing an agricultural product developed at Cornell and licensed to a company for production and distribution. http://www.betterworldproject.net/documents/AUTM_09_BWR7.09_FNL.pdf
(Today's Machining World, 5/1/2007)
Article about employee medical insurance for a manufacturing trade magazine.
(Cheer Biz News, 10/1/2006)
Article about business partnerships for owners of cheerleading programs.
(Today's Machining World, 7/1/2006)
Article for a trade magazine about how to select employees who have the right stuff for working in metal manufacturing.
Contact Info
  Barbara Donohue
Acton, MA 
USA

Tel: 978-263-4961  
E-Mail: bdonohue@alum.mit.edu
Website: http://www.the-engineer-who-writes.com