Perspectives on Spectrum 2011: Mary Elise (Mel) Dedicke

The Spectrum conference is a gem in Central NY. What a treat to have STC officers as well as experts in the tech comm field come to Rochester for networking and education. As an Albany, NY resident who can never travel to the national Summit, this conference is not an opportunity I believe I can afford to miss; it pays great career dividends. The STC Rochester council runs an impressive and well-organized program, and I appreciate how welcoming they are to out-of-towners like me. I loved coming back home with so much new information to reflect in, follow up on, and immediately apply to my current work.

~ Mary Elise (Mel) Dedicke


Mary Elise has been a technical writer in the Capital District (Albany/Schenectady/Troy) since 1993. After obtaining an M.S. in Technical Communication at RPI, she began her career at GE Plastics and GE Power, then moved to financial services at KeyBank and Bank of America. Since 2006, she has been working at Pitney Bowes MapInfo creating software documentation and video tutorials. A Senior Member of STC, she has been a member of the Tech Valley chapter of STC and served as its Vice President and Treasurer.

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Perspectives on Spectrum provides insights by individual conference attendees on their experiences at STC Rochester’s Spectrum 2011 regional technical communications conference. If you’d like to provide your thoughts on the conference, please drop a note to or provide your comment on this post. Please note that comments posted to the STC Rochester website are moderated and  are published at the discretion of STC Rochester.