Society Awards

Neil Perlin Attains Rank of Associate Fellow

By Christine Jacobs

Neil Perlin  

The Nominating Committee of the Boston Chapter is proud to announce that Neil Perlin has been awarded the rank of Associate Fellow by the Society for Technical Communication. Neil's efforts and dedication to the Society and the technical communication profession are an example and inspiration to Society members.

Professional Background

Neil holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Boston University and an MBA in Accounting and Operations Management, also from Boston University. He is the owner and principal consultant of Hyper/Word Services and is now an internationally recognized expert in online help, online documentation design and development, and tools including WinHelp, HTML Help, CE Help, JavaHelp, XML, WML, RoboHelp, and some now known only in legend. He has worked for numerous clients in several industries, such as Banking and Finance, High Technology, Insurance, and Manufacturing. You can see his company Web site at this URL:

Neil's career has taken several twists, as described in this list.

Contributions to the Advancement of Technical Communication

Neil has had a stellar career in the technical communication field. He has made countless invaluable contributions, including the following ones:

Service to the Society

Neil has demonstrated exemplary service to the STC on the chapter, regional, and international levels. His contributions have enriched the Society at each level. Neil was presented with a Distinguished Chapter Service Award in 2000.

Chapter Level

On the chapter level, Neil:

Regional Level

On the regional level, Neil:

International Level

On the international level, Neil:

Invaluable Contributions

Neil's focus has been on technologies and applications at the leading edge and on the integration of the technology with the business and process aspects. He thrives on sharing his excitement and knowledge of the newest technologies with his fellow technical communicators, which he does in a clear, witty, informative, and generous way.

All parts of the Society require contributions from the various disciplines within the technical communication field. Neil is an outstanding contributor from the independent consultant world. The Boston Chapter, and STC itself, are enhanced beyond measure by the energy, dedication, intelligence, professionalism, friendliness, and unselfish devotion of Neil Perlin. It is clear that we in the Boston Chapter are not the only ones that have recognized Neil's invaluable contributions and his vision for our field.

Christine Jacobs is the member of the Boston Chapter Nominating Committee who prepares the Association Fellow nominations. She is a senior member of STC and a principal technical writer at Oracle Corporation.