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Carlos Evia

Carlos Evia, Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Initiatives, Chief Technology Officer, and Professor of Communication

Carlos Evia
Carlos Evia

School of Communication and Office of the Dean
212 Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Building
200 Stanger Street (0426)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-2373 |

Carlos Evia is the Associate Dean for Transdisciplinary Initiatives, Chief Technology Officer, and a professor in the School of Communication located in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

  • Technical and Professional Communication
  • User Assistance
  • Structured Authoring
  • Content Strategy
  • Workplace Safety Communication
  • PhD, Texas Tech University
  • MSC, Universidad LaSalle, Mexico City
  • LCC, Instituto de Ciencias Sociales de Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
  • Lightweight DITA Subcommittee
  • Darwin Information Typing Architecture Technical Committee
  • Society for Technical Communication
  • Virginia Tech Center for Human-Computer Interaction
  • Virginia Tech Hispanic/Latino Faculty and Staff Caucus
  • 2020 Principles of Community Award for Individual Contribution — Long-Term Award, Virginia Tech, 2020
  • Frank R. Smith Award for Distinguished Article in the Journal Technical Communication, May 2017
  • Outstanding Faculty Outreach. Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, May, 2011


Creating Intelligent Content with Lightweight DITA. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2018.

Edited Books

Thatcher B, Evia C (eds.). Outsourcing Technical Communication. Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2008.

Journal Articles

“Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders and Innovators in Technical Communication.” Intercom: The Magazine of the Society for Technical Communication. 2018. (coauthored with Rebekka Andersen)

“Structured authoring without XML: Evaluating Lightweight DITA for technical documentation.” Technical Communication. 2016; in press. (co-authored with Michael Priestley)

“Teaching structured authoring and DITA through rhetorical and computational thinking.” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 2016. (coauthored with Matthew Sharp and Manuel Perez–Quiñones)

“Beyond compliance: participatory translation of safety communication for Latino construction workers.” Journal of Business and Technical Communication. 2012; 26(3): 340-367. (coauthored with Ashley Patriarca)

“Localizing and designing computer-based safety training solutions for Hispanic construction workers.” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management. 2011; 137(6): 452-459. 

  • “Science and Engineering Short Course for Technical Writing.” Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). Amount awarded: $53,079. Responsibility: 100%. 2015.
  • “Developing a Mobile User Assistance and Training Solution for Hispanic Workers.” Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment. Amount awarded: $10,000. 2014-2015
  • Co-Principal Investigator, with Joseph Grzywacz, Thomas Arcury, and Sara Quandt (Wake Forest); Thomas Mills (Virginia Tech Building Construction); and Manuel Perez-Quiñones (University of North Carolina at Charlotte). “Micro-processes of Latino Construction Workers' Health: Feasibility of CATS." National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Amount awarded: $250,000. Responsibility: 40% of the Virginia Tech contract. 2009-2012.