from Mason's Applied Computational Aerodynamics Class Notes:

Appendix C Preparation of Written Material

Effective engineering requires good communication skills. Documentation and presentation of results are two important aspects of engineering. This requires good use of both text and graphics. This appendix provides guidelines for student aerodynamicists. The first impression you make on the job is extremely important. Learn and practice good written communication. That is the way bosses "up-the-line" will see your work. You cannot do good written work without practice. This is especially true in aerodynamics, where good plots are crucial. You can't play in the band or on the basketball team without developing skills through practice. It is even more important to a career to develop good graphics skills while you are in school.
When writing a memo describing the results be accurate, neat and precise. In a page or two, outline the problem, what you did to resolve it, and your conclusion. What do the results mean? What are the implications for your organization? Provide key figures together with the description of how you arrived at your conclusion. Additional details should be included in an appendix, possibly with limited distribution. When writing your memo or report provide specifics, not generalities, i.e., rather than "greater than," say "12% greater than." What do the results mean? When writing the analysis, do not simply provide tables of numbers and demand that the reader do the interpretation. You must tell the reader exactly what you think the results mean. The conclusion to be drawn from the each figure must be precisely stated. Providing computer program output and expecting someone else (your boss or your teacher) to examine and interpret the results is totally unacceptable. This is the difference between an engineer and an engineering aide.

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