John Brocato

John Brocato

History of science and technology; the US space program; professional ethics, professional communication, and the phenomena of technological disasters; whistleblowing


Academic Career

Mississippi State University:

  • Shackouls Technical Communication Program Coordinator and Instructor, Bagley College of Engineering, 1999-present
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Communication Coordinator, MSU Bagley College of Engineering/Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS), 2007-2009
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program Coordinator, MSU Engineering Research Center, 1998-1999
  • Lecturer, MSU English Department, 1997-1998
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, MSU English Department, 1996-1997

Publications

John Brocato, Greg Carlisle, Amy Barton, Kelly Agee, and Ed Dechert, “Improving Engineering-Student Presentation Abilities with Theatre Exercises” – to be presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 14-17, 2015, Seattle, WA and published in its proceedings

John Brocato, “’I’d never get myself in a situation like that’: Using the New Orleans Levee Failures and The Big Uneasy to Talk about Engineering Ethics” – presented at the American Society for Engineering Education-Southeast Section Annual Conference, April 12-14, 2015, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

John Brocato, “Using Charades to Teach Presentation Skills” – paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education-Southeast Section Annual Conference, March 30-April 1, 2014, Mercer University, Macon, GA and published in the proceedings

John Brocato and Kay Brocato, “A Principal's Look Inside a STEM Writing Studio” – paper presented at the annual conference of the University Council on Educational Administration (UCEA), November 14-18, 2012, Denver CO and published in the proceedings

John Brocato, “The Evolution of an Assignment: Using a Technical News Story as a Writing Prompt” – paper presented at the American Society for Engineering Education-Southeast Section Annual Conference, April 1-3, 2012, Bagley College of Engineering, Mississippi State University and published in the proceedings

John Brocato, “Two Ways of Using Case Studies to Teach Ethics” – presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 14-17, 2009, Austin, TX and published in its proceedings

John Brocato, “The Luddite Exam: Not Using Technology to Gauge Student Writing Development” – presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Annual Conference, April 5-7, 2009, Marietta, GA and published in its proceedings (this is a continuation of an ASEE 2007 poster presentation)

Honors & Awards

Inducted into the Bagley College of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Teachers, Mississippi State University, April 2011

Outstanding Zone Campus Representative Award, Zone II, 2013-2014; presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 2014, Indianapolis, IN

Campus Representative Award for the Highest Percentage of ASEE Faculty in the Southeastern Section for the 2013-2014 Spread the Word Recruitment Campaign; presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, June 2014, Indianapolis, IN

Outstanding Campus Representative Award – Southeastern Section, 2013-2014; presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section Annual Conference, March 31, 2014, Mercer University, Macon, GA

Outstanding Campus Representative Awards – Highest Percentage of Members Retained, 2012-2013; presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2013, Atlanta, GA

Outstanding Campus Representative Award – Most New Members Recruited, presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2012, San Antonio, TX

Outstanding Campus Representative Awards – Most Members Retained and Most New Member Recruited, 2010-2011; presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2011, Vancouver, Canada

Research Experience

Institutional and Professional Service

  • Program Chair-Elect, American Society for Engineering Education, Liberal Education/Engineering and Society (LEES) Division, 2014-2015
  • President-Elect, American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section, 2015-2016
  • Engineering representative for MSU Service Learning Advisory Committee, 2013-present
  • Campus Representatives Coordinator, American Society for Engineering Education Southeastern Section, 2012-2015
  • Webmaster and Newsletter Editor, American Society for Engineering Education, Liberal Education/Engineering and Society (LEES) Division, 2012-2014
  • Conference Site Coordinator, American Society for Engineering Education-Southeast Section Annual Conference, April 1-3, 2012, Bagley College of Engineering, Mississippi State University
  • Member/Engineering Representative, University Academic Review Board, 2011-2015
  • Chair, ASEE Southeastern Section Administrative Division, 2010-2011
  • Member, Appalachian Leadership Honors Program Advisory Board, 2006-present
  • Member/Engineering Representative, University Honor Code Council (formerly Academic Honesty Committee), 2004-present
  • MSU Campus Representative for ASEE, 2003-present

Courses Taught

GE 3513 Technical Writing (1999-present)

GE 3513 Technical Writing and Presenting in Germany (Study Abroad – Summer II 2015)

GE 6990 Special Topics – Engineering Writing/Presenting (2013-2014)

EN 3413 Writing for Engineers (1996-1997)

EN 1103 English Composition I (1996-1998)

EN 1113 English Composition II (1996-1998)

EN 1163 Accelerated Composition I (1997-1998)

EN 1173 Accelerated Composition II (1998)

Professional Associations

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

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