Effective communication is a vital skill for today’s increasingly technological, globalized, and digital world. Housed in the Center for Leadership Education, the Technical Communication Lab serves as a resource for all JHU undergraduate and graduate students seeking to improve their technical writing, oral communication, and data visualization capability. Please read the descriptions of our services below—online and in-person consultations are now available!
Technical Writing Consultations
TCL consultants are eager to provide feedback on technical, scientific, and job-oriented writing at any stage of the drafting process, from planning to proofreading. Bring what you have, and leave with ideas for how to move the project forward.
If you are a non-native speaker of English and would like help with grammar, speaking skills, pronunciation, or idiomatic phrases, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our consultants.
Presentation Practice Sessions
Deliberate practice is the best way to ease anxiety about public speaking. TCL consultants are ready to help you prepare however you need: brainstorm an audience-friendly takeaway, craft a memorable narrative, rehearse your delivery, review slide design—and more!
Data Visualization and Design Consultations
Data can’t speak for themselves—they need visual strategies to communicate with impact. Our consultants are ready to help you design clear, memorable visualizations and develop a compelling story with which to present your data’s meaning. Appointments can also focus on revising a symposium poster design or any other visual representation of your research.
Meet the Consultants
Jenna Frye: Data Visualization and Design Consultations
Jenna Frye has been a leader in art and design education for nearly 20 years. Her creative work and ideas about education have been showcased nationally and at several annual conferences including the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, The Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, and The College Art Association. Frye holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology as well as an MA in Digital Art and an MFA in Sculpture.
Suzy Kopf: Technical Writing Consultations
Suzy Kopf is an artist, writer and educator. She has written stories for BmoreArt, Baltimore Magazine and Johns Hopkins Magazine, among others. A college professor, Suzy teaches water media painting, museum studies and professional development for artists at MICA and Johns Hopkins University.
Prabhu Akhil Minumula: Presentation Practice Consultations
Prabhu Akhil Minumula is a Product Strategist at Ideanomics and the President of the Johns Hopkins Graduate Consulting Club (JHGCC). At JHU, he is currently pursuing an MS in Engineering Management and is expected to graduate in December 2022.
Denise Link-Farajali: English as a Second Language Consultations
With a Master’s Degree in Foreign Language Instruction from SUNY Buffalo and an undergraduate education in French and International Relations, Denise Link-Farajali has spent the last 20 years lecturing and consulting at JHU. She has devoted 40 years of her professional life to teaching and managing programs at several area universities and to helping students from all over the world reach their goals.
Pinkrah Boafo: Presentation Practice Consultations
Pinkrah has a passion for storytelling, public speaking, and poetry. He is a spoken word poet and enjoys writing and music. He is currently pursuing a master’s in engineering management and holds an MSc in Engineering Mechanics from Hohai University in China. He was once a member of a music band and speaks fluent Mandarin.
Ken Crittendon: Presentation Practice Consultations
Ken received his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from JHU and is now pursuing a Masters of Engineering Management. As the oldest sibling of 5 boys, he has spent a large portion of his life teaching, mentoring, and sharing stories with his younger brothers. Ken’s professional interests sit at the intersection of healthcare, management, and innovation but he is most passionate about connecting with and helping people.