TCUK18 Speaker Derek Cooper – A STEM Sell


Derek Cooper will be giving a presentation at TCUK18 on “A STEM Sell”.

Photo of Derek Cooper with a forest and lake in the background

Let me sell the case for technical communicators to become involved with STEM – the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics subjects taught in schools and colleges. We live in a world that is growing increasingly dependent on mastery of these subjects, and our economies depend on maintaining progress in these areas. I am a STEM Ambassador, and have been working with schools to promote the STEM subjects so that students might consider studying them at degree level and engaging in a related career that is exciting, rewarding, and worthwhile. This presentation describes some of the STEM projects I’ve worked on, and how the students (and teachers) responded and reacted.

About Derek Cooper

Derek is an ISTC Fellow who has worked in technical communication since 1992. Although his background is in marine electronics, his experience includes writing documentation for subjects as diverse as electron and optical microscopy, marine and seismic survey, environmental monitoring, financial services, and veterinary science. Derek has recently taken early retirement from Arm Technical Communications in Cambridge, where for four amazing years he quietly and effectively led a team of extremely talented Information Developers. He has now returned to running his own life as a freelance technical author, mentor, and STEM Ambassador. He is, incidentally, also the Chairman of TCUK.