About the Authors:

Teressa (“Terry”) Murphy has extensive experience in the technology industry, retiring as a Vice President from International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Global Network Services.  She holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame and an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Kansas.  After teaching mathematics at the college level, Ms. Murphy became a systems analyst, consultant, project manager, and director for several companies including Northrup Grumman, Bell Atlantic Systems Integration, American Management Systems (AMS) and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC).  Her experience includes a diverse set of projects including software development, network integration, systems requirements analysis and global network customer support.  She has been responsible for countless proposals, plans, documents, and reports over her career, both as an author and manager.  After considerable experience training and supervising technical professionals, Ms. Murphy firmly believes that good communication skills are essential for a successful career in the technical and engineering professions.  In fact, her desire to help technical professionals better leverage their skills with improved communications inspired her to create this book.

Dr. Martin S. Roden began his professional career as a Staff Engineer at Bell Telephone Labs (now Lucent). He then joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at California State University, Los Angeles, where he has been teaching for almost four decades. He has a reputation as a student-oriented professor, and this is evidenced by his many awards. Among these are the 1981 California State University LA Outstanding Professor Award, the 1984 IEEE National Outstanding Adviser Award, the 1992 Outstanding Educator Award from the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering, the 1997 Engineering Educator of the Year Award from the Engineers' Council, Inc. and the 2002 President’s Distinguished Professor Award. He is a recipient of an IEEE Millennium Medal, and in 2002 received an IEEE Distinguished Service Award. Professor Roden has authored 18 textbooks in the areas of Communications and Electronics. He was the founding Chair of the University’s Writing Skills Committee, and ran the writing program for Electrical Engineering for 15 years.

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