Richard J. Lippincott

For providing a bridge between hardware and software documentation, for service to STC Boston and STC New England communities, and for evangelizing that technical communication is “We explain things.”

Richard J. Lippincott originally worked in broadcast journalism, but job dissatisfaction lead him to pursue technical communication as a career. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, earning his MS in technical writing in 1984.

His first technical communication job was with Lockheed in Marietta, GA, testing documentation for C-5 Galaxy transport aircraft. The position involved hands-on aircraft systems work directly with users, giving him an ongoing appreciation for seeing procedures from the customer’s point of view.

He relocated to Massachusetts in 1990. He has spent the past 22 years writing documentation for software and, as he calls it, “heavy metal hardware.” The latter includes jet engines (GE Aircraft Engines), ion implantation devices for the semiconductor industry (Axcelis Technologies), telephony products (Comverse Network Systems), and core network switches (Alcatel-Lucent).

Since 2007, Rick has been a technical writer at American Science & Engineering. His responsibilities include documenting 80,000 rail-mounted x-ray systems operating at levels of over six million electron volts. He also provides narration for the company’s electronic learning system products.

Rick has been a member of STC since 1992 and involved in chapter leadership since 2003. He was deeply involved with the chapter merger that created STC New England, serving as the first president of that chapter and the last of STC Boston. He currently serves on STC’s Community Affairs Committee.

In his spare time, Rick builds scale aircraft models. He holds a second-degree black belt in kempo karate and is the author of the Squadron/Signal publication C-5 Galaxy in Action.