The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Carlos Evia, an associate professor of English and director of the professional and technical writing program, for his research into technology-based solutions for workplace communication problems, particularly in situations involving multicultural audiences.
These technology-based solutions frequently include technical content structured in a workflow following the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), an XML data model for authoring and publishing.
Evia, also a researcher in the Center for Occupational Safety and Health Research and the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, is interested in technical communication, user documentation, structured authoring, and workplace safety. With grants from the Virginia Tech Center for Innovation in Construction Safety and Health Research, he has conducted participatory design with Hispanic construction workers.
He is a member of an interdisciplinary group of faculty members focusing on social informatics – the exploration of information and communication tools in interpersonal, cultural, or institutional contexts.
Evia earned his Ph.D. in technical communication and rhetoric from Texas Tech University. He also holds a master’s in computer systems from Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, and a B.A. in communication from the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales de Mérida (ICSMAC), in Yucatan, Mexico.