Tracy Volz, director and professor in the practice for the Program in Writing and Communication (PWC) at Rice University, has been named director of the Engineering Communications Program in the George R. Brown School of Engineering, effective Aug. 15.
“I am thrilled to have Tracy back in the School of Engineering. She has had a huge impact on communications education at Rice in the past two decades, and I look forward to working with her to develop new programs for our undergraduate and graduate students to enhance their communications skills,” said Reginald DesRoches, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering.
Volz earned her Ph.D. in English from Rice in 2001. For 10 years beginning in 1999, she worked as assistant director and instructor with the Cain Project in Engineering and Professional Communication at Rice. In 2009, she joined the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership as senior lecturer in professional communication.
“My mission,” Volz said, “is to enhance engineering education by integrating communication in the curriculum. Communication provides the edge that Rice engineers need to compete for positions, share their discoveries and lead others.”
Since 2013, Volz has been director of PWC. Last year, she taught COMP 600: Graduate Research Seminar, a course required of all computer science Ph.D. students, in which they learn to present their research.
In 2010, the Rice Board of Trustees presented her with the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her efforts to integrate communication into engineering curricula. Since 2014 she has served on Rice’s Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum.