Reminder: Deadline for all work is midnight tonight

Greetings, all! I wanted to give you a final reminder that tonight (Dec. 24) at midnight is the deadline for all work in ENG2575.

For the collaborative team project, you need to post your work to our OpenLab site. Only one team member needs to do this for the whole team. Make sure that someone in your team tests all of the links while not logged into Google Drive to ensure that anyone with each link can view your work. As of 3:00pm, I can see posts from Teams 2, 3, 4, and 6. Teams 1 and 5 still need to submit before the deadline at midnight tonight.

For your individual work, email any of the first three projects (500-word summary, 750-word expanded definition, and 1500-word instruction manual) or in-class writing assignments to me as a Word docx file. If you never submitted an assignment or received a grade via email from me, you will want to email your work to me before the deadline at midnight tonight. Also, I am accepting revised work for a revised grade.

I would encourage you to stop by and talk with me about any of your work graded during this crunch time after the next semester begins. It would be helpful to me if you give me a heads up that you’re stopping by so that I can have things prepared in advance for our conversation. An email would suffice. I don’t know my office hours yet, but they will be posted on the door to my office in Namm 520. And, I can arrange other meeting times if you send me a list of your availability over the course of a week.

Good luck to you all now and in the coming new year!

Welcome to Technical Writing!

Astounding May 1951 cover
Cover artwork by Rogers, Astounding Science Fiction, May 1951. Note the sliderule bisecting the cutaway of the human head in the image, which evokes technology as a mind amplifier, or the cyborg-like fusion of human and computing-augmentation artifact.

I would like to welcome you all to our Fall 2019 Technical Writing class!

We’re going to work together to learn what technical writing and technical communication is, and how you can leverage technical writing in your other studies and future career.

We’ll use this OpenLab site to coordinate what we’re doing each class, post assignments, share opportunities and resources, and collect some of your work.

Use the menu on the left to find important information about the class in the Syllabus, explore Examples of Technical Communication, read urgent Announcements about the class, find Daily Writing assignments for the beginning of class, follow the workflow of the major Projects in the class, and finally, discover invaluable Opportunities for your success.


And, you can email me at jellis at or visit my office in Namm 520 (at the end of the hallway). My office hours at between 4:00PM-5:00PM on Tuesdays, but I’m happy to arrange other times to meet if you let me know what your availability is over several days.

Solar Panel Manufacturing & Its Waste

To: Professor Ellis

From: Devina Budhan, Dominick Denis, Tariq Hemraj

Date: December 24, 2019

Subject: Collaborative Project: Solar Panel Manufacturing & Its Waste

For our project, we focused on the irony of solar panels in terms of the process of making it is very harmful to the environment. We focused on finding alternative materials that could go into making the solar panels as a substitute for lead and silicon which are the leading materials as well as other solutions that can aid in the waste being produced.

Below we are including links to our project deliverables: 

Research Report



Report on Collaboration

Collaborative Project: Subway Wireless Connection

TO: Professor Ellis

FROM: Burhan Saeed, Fernando Ortega, and Hector Dextre

DATE: 12/24/2019

SUBJECT: Subway Wireless Connection

In the past few years, there has been a rising demand for the internet due to its increasing usage all across the world. The world has changed throughout the years with new technology coming every year and so the demand for Wi-fi connection has increased. It would be beneficial to happily use the NYC subway for their Wi-fi system while commuting compared to other places around the world. Have the freedom to watch movies, shows, listen to music, use social media, or even browse online. Sadly that is not the case we have to face the problem of not having Wi-fi connection in the NYC subway cars while being underground. As technology changes so will the NYC subway with the use of their technology to implement the use of our mobile or laptop devices. For every problem there is a solution now we will have to propose possible solutions that will change this and make our ride home entertaining.





Collaborative Project: MTA OMNY

TO: Professor Ellis

FROM: Jeremy Corona, Daniel Lawrence, Amir Radoncic, Julia Shin

DATE: 12/24/2019


We are tackling the MTA’s issue with the current fare payment system: the MetroCard. Although OMNY, MTA’s contactless payment system, will resolve a majority of the problems that are associated with the MetroCard, it is not without its own faults. One of the main concerns with OMNY being security. In order to improve upon this issue we suggest the MAS, management authorization system, to double the security of a transaction.





Collaborative Project: Internet of Things Security Headache

TO: Prof. Ellis

FROM: Long Jie Mai, Samuel Rivera, Haziafa Anas, Eric Llerena

DATE: Dec. 17, 2019

SUBJECT: Collaborative Project: Internet of Things

For our group, we are addressing issues regarding Internet of Things. Some of the problems we focus on are privacy, security and the communications with IoT devices. To solve this, utilizing Intrusion Detection System and Intrusion Prevention System the system will know suspicious activity is going on and drop its connection before it can even reach its destination.

Below we are including links to our project deliverables:





Collaborative Project, 5G Coverage Problem

5G Coverage problem

By: Alain Palmer, Karmoko Sillah, Liuming Chen, Masum Hossain

This project is about the researching solution for the 5G coverage problem. The problem of 5G is its short effective range of each base station and mmWave frequency that cannot penetrate objects. Our recommendations are Advanced Antenna System, Massive MIMO, Small cells, Beamforming as outdoor solutions; a new indoor network architecture as the indoor solution; MapReduce and 2400 MHz-3800 MHz Band for further improvement of the network.

Project deliverables:

Eric Llerena’s 50 Word Article Summary

From: Eric Llerena

To: Professor Ellis


Subject: 500- Word Summary of IoT Devices

IoT is all around us. IoT refers to the billions of devices connected to the internet. As you can imagine this included a lot of devices such as smartphones. Computers, smartwatches, tablets, cameras, etc. Literally anything can be transformed into an Iot device. For example, a lightbulb can be turned into a IoT device by downloading an app and controlling the off/on switch of that lightbulb. The idea of adding intelligence to basic objects began in 1980-1990. The process was obviously slow due to the lack of technological advances back then. There was however a creation that was advance at that time. This invention was the internet connected vending machine. It was incredible to think that a vending machine had internet connection. People in today’s day and age look pass this invention but don’t realize how advance it is. It’s incredible to think that you can pay for a snack using your card. This machine is able to read your card and just like that withdraw money from your personal account without you having physical access to it. IoT is getting bigger and bigger by the day. By that I mean that more machines and inventions are being created. The reason for this is simple, supply and demand. People are buying IoT devices at a rapid pace. According to ZDnet, the amount of IoT devices bought from 2006 to 2019 has quadrupled.

Iot is beneficial to a lot of people. These people include customers as well as companies. As for customers, it makes your life simply. Everything you do and think can become easier with an IoT device surrounding you. For example, an amazon speaker can make it easier for you to lay music. You won’t need to get up off you couch to go turn the radio on. This way you just need to talk to your speaker and tell it to play the song you wish. Another example can be Home security systems. These security systems can save not only your life but the lives of the one you love. Maybe one day you aren’t paying attention and you don’t realize that your baby crawled out the front door. The home security system can set an alarm for when someone enters and exits your home. This will alert you if any harm is actually intact. Many people in today’s society have confirmed that home security saved their lives.

Although, IoT is a fascinating invention, it also has its issues. One of them being the security of it. We can come to an agreement to say that IoT devices are extremely smart. Therefore, there is no limit to what you can keep private around your personal IoT devices. For example, if you have a home security camera, it’s difficult to have home privacy. The reason being that if something goes wrong your camera can be alerted to police and it’ll show the images. The camera can hold videos and photos you might not wish anyone to see from your private home.

Announcement: Last Class Reminder and Extension on Individual Assignments

Please remember that we’re going to reserve the first hour of tomorrow evening’s class for team studio time. You may use the time to prepare for your presentation, finalize your documents, and submit your team’s post on our OpenLab course site. Remember to double check that your links work after publishing your post. If you need additional time, there might be time at the end of class following team presentations.

I have had several students ask for extensions for completing individual assignments, revising previously submitted assignments, or submitting the deliverables for the team project. Due to demand, I’m offering an extension to everyone in the class up to midnight on December 24, 2019. No work will be accepted after that date as I have to have time to grade your work and submit grades in CUNYfirst.

In the interest of time, please email any individual late or revised work directly to Prof. Ellis (jellis at I will reply with a receipt so that you know that I received it. If you don’t hear back from me, follow up with another email (double checking, of course, my email address correctly formatted).

For your team project post on our OpenLab site, you have until the new deadline to publish it. Of course, publishing it earlier gives you more time in case something goes wrong, but you have the deadline extension if you need it. Designate one person on your team *at least* to verify that all links work after publishing. If something is broken, edit your post (the link to edit will be at the bottom of the post).

Opportunities: Literary Arts Festival

The 39th Annual City Tech Literary Arts Festival Writing Competition Submissions are now open for the 2020 City Tech Literary Arts Festival Writing Competition! 

The deadline for the writing competition will be March 1st, 2020.  Submission Guidelines and Instructions are available on the Literary Arts Festival’s OpenLab site:

Please also save the date for the 39th Annual City Tech Literary Arts Festival on April 2nd, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:30 at the New Academic Complex Theater at 285 Jay Street!