STC Pittsburgh member Alan Houser awarded STC Fellow

Alan Houser earns Fellow in Society for Technical Communication

Alan Houser on stage receiving the rank of Fellow in STC.

STC Pittsburgh member Alan Houser awarded STC Fellow

At this year’s STC Technical Communication Summit in Dallas, Alan Houser had a dual role: not only was he the Conference Chair; he was also awarded the rank of STC Fellow. Fellow is the highest honor bestowed by the Society and is only awarded to Associate Fellows whose work has distinguished the Society and the profession of technical communication. STC Pittsburgh Chapter members who have previously earned the rank of Fellow include Janice Ramey and Karen Schriver.

His citation reads:

For his superb presentations and work in electronic publishing, and leadership in STC International conferences.

Alan was STC Pittsburgh Chapter President in 2003, and the STC Pittsburgh Regional Conference “Writers Without Borders” was held in 2004, during his tenure as Past President of the chapter.

He is President of Group Wellesley, Inc., a company that provides authoring, content management, and workflow services to technology-oriented businesses. Alan has 20 years of experience in technical writing and publishing, and is a distinguished consultant and trainer in the fields of XML, XML technologies, publishing workflows, and authoring and publishing tools. His interests include developing solutions to support information management and information for reuse, and developing enterprise-wide processes for authoring, maintaining, and publishing technical documentation.

Contributing to technical standards for our profession is important to Alan, and he is a member of the OASIS DITA Technical Committee and has served as the STC liaison to the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium).

In addition to being a popular presenter at technical communications conferences, Alan has been involved in the planning of the last four STC Technical Communication Summits. He was Program Manager in 2009 and this year served as Conference Chair in Dallas. The Conference Chair is responsible for the programming of the entire conference, and is the highest ranking volunteer position of the STC Summit .

Alan earned an MA in professional writing and a BA in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in the city of Pittsburgh with his wife Mary, and his sons, Sam and James.

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