Jeff D. has an extensive technical background, starting with degrees in Physics and Materials Science from Princeton and Stanford Universities. His career began with engineering roles in the semiconductor industry, but that veered toward marketing when the sales teams discovered a technical person with an ability to write! He was called on to write and edit proposals and reports for government-funded R&D programs, and he quickly became the “go-to” writer and editor for papers, marketing materials, website content, press releases, and even SEC filings.
A turning point in Jeff’s career came when he worked for the technical trade press as a senior technical editor and then editor-in-chief of publications covering the electronics industry. Here he honed his writing, editing, and story development skills at the highest professional levels, culminating in a National Gold Medal from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. In his current role, he serves as a technology management consultant, and the main task there is ghost-writing papers and presentations for government R&D program managers. He feels fortunate to be able to exercise his writing and communication skills at the very leading edge of technology.
Outside of his day jobs, Jeff has been a free-lance writer and editor of critical documents such as resumes, cover letters, and college application essays. A specialty he has developed is working with people for whom English is a second language. This has been particularly helpful in technical fields such as electronics that are highly international. Two recent highlights on the free-lance front were contributing an article to The Economist’s website and developing a speech for the commencement speaker at the 2015 Wells College graduation.
Jeff is seeking opportunities to continue exercising his combination of a broad and deep technical background with extensive experience tailoring messages for specific audiences.