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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, 20+ 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 21 Years
Writer 22 Years
Specialty
Science 3 Years
Business (general) 7 Years
Technology 22 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
22 Years
Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Rockwell Automation (11+), Schneider Electric (6-10), Wintriss Controls (1-2), ADMET (1-2), Bloomy Energy Systems (1-2), Curbell Plastics (1-2), Global Rescue (1-2)
Other Work History
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - editing, writing, indexing
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)
IEEE Boston Entrepreneurs Network
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