Humanities and Arts

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Salisbury Laboratories, 106
Phone: +1-508-831-5436
Fax: +1-508-831-5932

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Scott P. Runstrom

  • Adjunct Instructor, Humanities & Arts

I am a graduate of the Professional Writing program at WPI, and have over 20 years experience in the technical communications industry. I am currently employed full-time as a Principal Technical Writer at MathWorks in Natick.

I have been teaching technical and professional writing at WPI since 2000. I love technical writing because it combines two of my passions, writing and technology, and when done well, enables you to communicate complex technical information to the world.

The interdisciplinary nature of technical writing is a perfect match to the WPI philosophy relating technology and science to society.

When teaching, I particularly enjoy combining theory with my own “real-world” experience to give students a perspective on how professional writing differs from what they have done before. Seeing students embrace technical-writing principles and produce professional-quality documents by the end of a single term makes teaching at WPI extremely rewarding.

Research Interests

  • Information Architecture
  • User and Task Analysis
  • Digital Media and Online Communication
  • Usability Testing


  • B.S. Technical Writing, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1994
  • M.S. Professional Communication, Clark University, 1998

Professional Highlights

  • Award of Excellence. 2003 Society for Technical Communication (STC) Online Communication Competition. Applied Biosystems 4700 Explorer Software Online Help
  • Award of Excellence. 2003 Society for Technical Communication (STC) Technical Publications Competition. Applied Biosystems 4700 Proteomics Analyzer Getting Started Guide
  • Award of Merit. 1999 Society for Technical Communication (STC) Technical Publications Competition. Waters Alliance LC/MS System Quick Start Guide
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