Shaun O'Brien

Editor, Research & Special Projects
University Staff
Research Advancement Administrator Sr.
University Staff


Shaun OBrien is the Editor, Research and Special Projects for the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation. He works alongside faculty at Edson College on writing and editing grant proposals and publications. He acts as a liaison between project Principal Investigators, departments, colleges, and the ASU Office for Research and Sponsored Projects Administration (ORSPA).

Prior to joining Edson College, Shaun worked as a Research Advancement Administrator, Sr. for the Biodesign Research Opportunity Advancement and Development (ROAD) Team; and previously as the Research Advancement Administrator for Edson College.  

Before coming to Arizona State University (ASU), Shaun worked as a Technical/Proposal writer for several companies within environmental and engineering industries. He also worked as a Reporting Coordinator for a Department of Defense contractor. Shaun has been responsible for proposal development, marketing campaigns, reporting, and project management for several large-scale industry projects. He received his BS and MS in Technical Communication from ASU.


2017 - MS, Technical Communication, Arizona State University
           Thesis: Interpretations of Data in Ethical vs. Unethical Data Visualizations
           Committee: Claire Lauer (Chair), Eva Brumberger, and Barbara DAngelo

2014 - B.S., Technical Communication, Arizona State University
           Minor, Media Analysis
           Magna Cum Laude honors
           Academic Deans List Certificate 2012 - 2014

Research Interests

  • Design of Communication
  • User Experience
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Cultural Rhetoric
  • Professional Writing
  • Technical Communication
  • Digital Rhetoric
  • Visual Literacy


2017 - ACM-SIGDOC Student Research Competition Graduate Finalist ($500)

Professional Associations

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Special Interest Group on the Design of Communication (SIGDOC)
Society of Technical Communicators (STC)
National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)
Arizona State University Alumni
ASU Graduate & Professional Student Association


2014-2015 - Editor, Sourced Media Books 

Industry Positions

2014-2015 - Proposal Writer, STARA Technologies, Gilbert, AZ

2012-2014 - TechnicalWriter/Proposal Coordinator, Vertex Resource Group, Ltd, Scottsdale, AZ

2007-2012 - Engineering Technician/Reporting Coordinator, Trax International Corporation, Yuma, AZ