Introducing Our Panelists for the Trends in Tech Comm Program

We would like to introduce the three panelists who are joining us on Monday evening, February 13, at Lawrence Tech’s Welcome Center for our program, Trends in Tech Comm: Bob Powell, retired GM Technical Fellow/Battery Systems Lab Group Manager; Rich Leazer, Manager—DocTrain, Education & Training, Health Information Technology & Services at the University of Michigan; and John Baker, a supervisor at Thomson-Reuters and recent Lawrence Tech graduate.

Bob Powell

Dr. Bob Powell is a recently retired General Motors Technical Fellow and manager of the Battery Systems Lab Group. He joined GM as a research scientist in 1978 after earning a Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of California—Berkeley. At GM Global Research & Development, Bob’s research interests included emission control catalysis, the chemical synthesis of ceramic superconductors, the development of aluminum and magnesium alloys for light weighting of automotive powertrain components, and automotive electrification. His group developed battery materials, test protocols, physics-based models of battery behavior, and algorithms for battery management systems. He has authored or co-authored about one hundred publications and three dozen patents, and has received numerous GM and non-GM science and technology awards, including GM’s 2014 Boss Kettering Award.

Dr. Powell is currently working on a B.S. in Humanities at LTU.

Rich Leazer

Rich Leazer has over twenty years of experience in technical communication. He has worked for corporations and business leaders such as Computer Associates, EDS, Compuware, McKesson Corporation, and the University of Michigan, in technical communication and management capacities. During the course of his career, Rich has focused on the development, distribution, and maintenance of technical communication, training, and at times, marketing deliverables, for a wide variety of products, processes, and services. Currently, Rich is an employee of the University of Michigan Health System, where he is responsible for a team that delivers documentation and training to developers and users of the Health System Data Warehouse, the Michigan Data Collaborative, and the team that supports reporting, business intelligence, and analytics. Rich received his BA from Purdue University.

John Baker is a recent graduate of Lawrence Tech’s MSTPC program and a technical communications supervisor at Thomson Reuters. John leads a team of technical writers who produce online help content, training materials, videos, and more for several tax preparation and accounting software applications. His interests in usability testing and information retrieval help ensure that end users get the information they need when they need it. He is also responsible for collaborating with and supporting many departments, including technical support, training, marketing, and product management; and development organizations in the United States and in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

It promises to be a very interesting evening, as our three panelist represent different industries and different points in a career life-cycle.

We will convene on Monday, February 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the Welcome Center, C406, which is in the Taubman Student Services Building for networking; the program will start at 7 p.m.