Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 21:27:07 +0100
From: Steve Taylor
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Subject: Re: Advantages of IEE
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Kevin Aylward wrote:
> The issue here is what is the *demonstrated* correlation between certain
> pieces of paper and competence. You won't convince me that someone with
> a PhD in EE knows much about analogue design.
The IEE interviews all candidates for membership, there is an assesment
of training, experience and responsibilty beyond the degree certificate.
An academic record is only the start. Which is perhaps as well, because
mine is crap to be frank.
>>Its funny, in the UK, you can be a "self-taught" engineer, but not a
>>"self-taught" doctor. Lets here it for "self-taught" structural
>>engineers "self-taught" nuclear engineers, "self-taught" civil
>>engineers, "self-taught" brain surgeon. No ?
> Non of these compare to what a typically EE does. Probably, only a few %
> of them are involved in products where failure is injury or life
Perhaps so, but that percentage is getting bigger, and who would you
want to see making these products ? The "self-taught" ? I think there
are increasing numbers of products that will be safety critical, as we
get drive by wire cars and more drive by wire planes for example. As a
philosophical point, rather than as a chance to start a war, who should
design them, who should pass them as safe ?