NASA/DoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project, Paper Fourteen: An Analysis of the Technical Communications Practices Reported by Israeli and U.S. Aerospace Engineers and Scientists
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMIN LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER HAMPTON VA
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As part of Phase 4 of the NASADoD Aerospace Knowledge Diffusion Research Project, two pilot studies were conducted that investigated the technical communications practices of Israeli and U.S. aerospace engineer and scientists. Both studies had the same five objectives first, to solicit the opinions of aerospace engineers and scientists regarding the importance of technical communications to their profession second, to determine the use and production of technical communications by aerospace engineers and scientists third, to seek their views about the appropriate content of an undergraduate course in technical communications fourth, to determine aerospace engineers and scientists use of libraries, technical information centers, and on-line databases and fifth, to determine the sue and importance of computer and information technology to them. A self-administered questionnaire was mailed to randomly selected U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists who are working in cryogenics, adaptive walls, and magnetic suspension. A slightly modified version was sent to Israeli aerospace engineers and scientists working in the Israel Aircraft Industries, LTD. Responses of the Israeli and U.S. aerospace engineers and scientists to selected questions are presented in this paper.
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