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Hillary Hart

Associate Faculty Ph. D., Bryn Mawr College

Senior Lecturer



A Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication, Dr. Hillary Hart earned her Ph.D. in English literature from Bryn Mawr College in 1981. She joined the faculty of The University of Texas at Austin in 1987. She created and directs the civil engineering program in technical communication.

Dr. Hart researches environmental communication, technical communication in the workplace, and engineering research ethics. She develops strategies that foster productive, interactive communication among engineers, regulators, industry and the public on environmental issues, especially those involving risk. Hart also investigates strategies for integrating ethics into engineering curricula. She is currently a co-principal investigator on a two-year National Science Foundation project to develop teaching modules on research ethics for graduate engineering courses. Her research is this area seeks to develop realistic guidelines for the engineering research community on topics such as plagiarism, which have different practices in the sciences and engineering than they do in the humanities.

Research interests:

  • Environmental risk communication
  • Engineering ethics
  • Technical communication
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