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Michael Sjoerdsma is serving as a TLC faculty associate from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.
Michael is a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University and coordinator of the technical communication program. He has also served as an undergraduate academic advisor and as Faculty Teaching Fellow for the Faculty of Applied Sciences. Michael has taught a number of courses encompassing various aspects of technical communication: Form, Style and Professional Genres; Graphical Communication for Engineering; Spatial Thinking and Communicating; Project Documentation and Team Dynamics; Social Responsibility and Professional Practice; and Human Factors and Usability. In addition to his teaching, Michael consults in industry regarding technical communication, and he is a volunteer mentor for a non-profit organization that helps integrate new immigrants to the Canadian workforce.
In collaboration with Agriculture Canada, his undergraduate honours thesis focused on creating a rapid pathogen detection system used for greenhouse plants. His master’s thesis, in partnership with Auto21, focused on the semi-active control of structure-borne noise in automobiles. Throughout his education, Michael has completed various workshops and programs related to teaching and learning, including a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), a certificate in web-based instruction, and various TLC events, such as Rethinking Teaching and the Instructional Skills Workshop. Combining his passion for engineering and education, Michael is currently a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Education, where he is using soft systems methodology to study engineering education.