Ben Woelk

Biography

Ben Woelk is an Associate Fellow and the most recent recipient of the STC President’s Award. He’s served as guest editor twice for Intercom, most recently for the February 2017, “Personality, Temperament, and Technical Communication” issue. Ben presents frequently at regional and international conferences and has been recognized with numerous Society and local awards.

Ben has been a Technical Communicator for more than 20 years. He’s helped manage a technical communications firm, consulted in communications and training to Fortune 500 companies, and is currently full-time staff and adjunct faculty in higher education. Ben has developed SW and HW documentation, documented processes for ISO 9001, developed and delivered instructor-led and web-based training, managed end user communications, designed processes, and written policies and procedures.

Ben has served as the Program Manager in the Information Security Office at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) since 2004, where he created a Digital Self Defense security awareness program that is respected across higher education and manages policy development and adoption. Ben is an adjunct professor, teaching Computing Security and Technical Communication courses. Ben is mentoring Introverted Leaders within and outside of STC and speaks on Introverted Leadership regularly.

Ben is a former co-chair and current member of the EDUCAUSE Higher Education Information Security Council Awareness and Training Working Group.

Ben has served his local chapter, STC Rochester, in many positions, including president and is the current vice-president and Spectrum Conference co-chair. Ben also built STC Rochester’s student mentoring program and served as webmaster for many years.

Ben’s Society-level service includes a term (2013-15) as Director and Chair of the Community Affairs Committee. Prior to his Board service, Ben developed a team to serve STC community leaders in his role as Outreach Lead of the Community Affairs Committee. Ben is currently the STC Scholarship Committee Chair.

A Florida native, Ben began his studies at the University of Florida and did graduate work at Trinity International University, the University of Rochester, and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ben holds an Advanced Certificate in Technical Information Design. He’s also a Certified Professional Technical Communicator (Foundation), an Approved Trainer for the CPTC, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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