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Atelier « Rethinking Engineering Presentations: The Assertion−Evidence Structure »

Published on 20 Mar 2018

Le Programme de formation FONCER "Smart, Autonomous and Adaptive Sensing" et Sentinelle Nord vous invitent à l'atelier « Rethinking Engineering Presentations: The Assertion−Evidence Structure » présenté par Michael Alley, professeur associé en communication de l'ingénierie à la Pennsylvania State University (É-U).

Plus que quelques places encore disponibles !


  • Date : vendredi 23 mars 2018  
  • Heure : de 13h00 à 16h00
  • Lieu : Pavillon Adrien-Pouliot, local 3370, Université Laval

Pour vous inscrire, contactez Mme. Julie Lamarche :


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Notes fournies par le présentateur:



From an audience’s perspective, many presentations in engineering suffer because the talks are unfocused. This lack of focus leads to much noise, which reduces the understanding by the audience. Much of the problem arises from speakers following PowerPoint’s defaults and building their talks on phrase headlines supported by bulleted lists. This workshop presents the assertion-evidence approach ( to designing engineering presentations. In this approach, the speaker builds the talk on key messages supported by visual evidence. Our research has found that assertion-evidence talks are more focused and much better understood by audiences. In addition, our students (even those initially nervous about making presentations) report that using the assertion-evidence approach has given them more confidence. 

Preparation Assignment

Before this workshop, participants are encouraged to download a template from and create four-to-six slides for their next engineering presentation. Also, to the workshop, please bring a laptop.

About the Speaker

Holding a master of science in electrical engineering and a master of fine arts in writing, Michael Alley is an associate professor of engineering communication at Penn State.  He is the author of The Craft of Scientific Presentations (Springer, 2013), which has been translated to Japanese and Chinese. Over the past decade, he has taught presentations to engineers and scientists on four continents. Sites include Google, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Sandia National Laboratories, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Simula Research Laboratory (Norway), and Texas Instruments. Alley’s website on presentations ( is a top Google listing for engineering presentations. 

Recommended Reading

The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid ($37,80, Amazon).