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Nigel H

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Profile Summary
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Completed Orders 626
Revisions/Order 0.11
Repeat Clients 52%
Last Login 9/29/2016
Location Ann Arbor, MI
Education Masters Degree
Status Available
Endorsements
Blog Post4
Technical Article1
Bio/Pharm1
High Tech1
Manufacturing1
Industry
Asset Type
Expertise
Experience
Summary of Experience
Some people act on advice as soon as it’s given, but it took Nigel some thirty years to decide that perhaps his High School English teacher had been right all along: writing, not calculus, was his true passion. So, after a long and moderately successful career in industry Nigel decided to venture out as a professional writer. But what to write?

Aspiring wordsmiths are always told, “Write what you know,” so his first task was to find out what that was.

Twenty years in the automotive industry, and a love of all things car-related provided part of the answer. A career spanning car dealerships to car assembly, component manufacturing to research and development, meant a huge well of experience to draw from. Throw in a car restoration hobby and it was obvious. So today Nigel concentrates on automotive topics that range from “How To” maintenance and buying guides to car reviews. Most of these are in the 400 – 600 word range, though he goes longer, (much longer, if allowed,) and also as short as the auto trivia questions currently running in a major newspaper.

But that wasn’t the whole answer. One hallmark of an engineer is being able to research and quickly assimilate information, and Nigel had a knack for not only doing that, but for communicating complex technical and scientific topics to the non-technical layperson. As a result, he also writes on a variety of science, technology and management topics, ranging from ocean acidification to effective project management, by way of centrifugal casting and robotics.

A side benefit of his career was the many travel opportunities that arose. Not everyone relishes seeing new places, but Nigel loved the insights these trips provided into distant lands and on his return would write reviews of the what he’d seen, eaten and done. So today Nigel also writes the occasional travel piece, typically hotel reviews, but covers restaurants and museums too. So if you need travel articles, consider him for those.

“Write what you know,” and “Follow your passion.” Two pieces of advice that Nigel has taken to heart and seem to be serving him well.
Specialties
Car reviews
Automotive “How-to” guides (How to change a wheel, How to buy a used car, - that kind of thing.)
Manufacturing processes and technologies
Physical sciences
Management, especially project management
Interests
All things automotive, from how cars and trucks are designed and built to what they are like to drive and how to keep them running.

Travel, especially food, restaurants, museums and hotels.

Public speaking with Toastmasters.
Education
Eastern Michigan University Engineering Management, Masters

This program is about managing technology and technology specialists. There was a strong focus on formal project management training plus classes in Law, Intellectual Property management and finance.


University of Birmingham Engineering, Bachelors

Nigel studied engineering with a concentration in manufacturing.


Association Memberships
Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) The foremost professional association in the UK for engineers working in the manufacturing and electrical/electronics engineering fields.

Chartered Engineer A UK designation similar to Professional Engineer (PE) in the US, this is granted by the Engineering Council in recognition of formal technical education combined with work experience and career success.

Certificates
Certified Vision Professional (CVP) - Advanced Automated Imaging Association
Knowledgeable in all aspects of machine vision and imaging technology.

Projects by Industry
Auto

Drawing on his extensive automotive experience, Nigel spans many subject areas: new car reviews, guides to classic cars, maintenance tips and "how-to" articles, and advice on buying new and used cars. Many of his articles appear in dealership newsletters, encouraging owners to bring their vehicle in for service or to look at new models.

Career

Nigel writes on development of presentation and speaking skills and project management. For the former he draws on his experience with the Toastmasters organization while the latter uses both formal project management training and hands-on experience.

Manufacturing

Nigel has written several articles and a few white papers on various aspects of manufacturing, based on his many years in manufacturing industry and encyclopedic knowledge of manufacturing processes. He's also knowledgeable about lean manufacturing and advanced manufacturing technologies (things like rapid prototyping, vision systems, laser technology and so on.)

Travel

Nigel enjoys travel and loves writing about it. Having grown up in the UK, he knows quite a bit about the country and its history, so tends to concentrate on that part of the world but has also written about various places within North America.

Science

Thanks to his engineering background, Nigel finds it easy to explain complex scientific ideas in simple terms. Recent articles include discussions of the processes behind ocean acidification, the manufacture of plastics and how helium is distilled.

Projects by Asset Type
Article

Nigel concentrates on short articles suitable as content for web sites. Typically these will be 400 to 600 words, although he is happy to write longer pieces when the subject warrants.

White Paper

Nigel has written a number of white papers. These tend to be on niche aspects of manufacturing technology and are generally written for a highly technical audience.

Blog Post

A well-written blog posts lets a company promote products and expertise without selling overtly, providing it's easy to read. Nigel maximizes readability with short paragraphs, subheadings and bullet points, and has written many 300 -- 400 word posts for a variety of clients.

Projects by Writing Style
Authoritative

Nigel tends to write as an authority on a particular subject, generally those in the science and technology fields.

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