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Engineering for Success – The role of the chartered engineer in IT

The Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Computer Society published in 2004 a report on The Challenges of Complex IT Projects. The report concluded that an engineering approach can add significant advantage to the task of developing IT systems. It was also concluded that there would be great value in promoting the Chartered Engineer qualification (CEng), and in developing the Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and Chartered Scientist (CSci) qualifications, to provide evidence of the professional knowledge and experience that allows IT specialists to tackle complex projects successfully.

In the light of this report on Complex IT Projects, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The British Computer Society and the Institution of Engineering and Technology have set up a working group to explore in detail the advantages that an engineering approach can bring when applied to IT projects; the value of an engineering background for particular roles in the IT industry; and the value that Chartered status can bring to IT professionals and the projects that they work on. The group is particularly interested in the relevance of engineering skills and methods to safety-critical and high-consequence IT systems, such as used in the avionics and financial services sectors.

Working Group Members

Dr Allan Fox FREng FBCS FIET (Chair)
formerly Nortel Networks
Dr Melissa Bailey FBCS
Prof Dave Cliff FBCS
University of Bristol
Sir Tony Hoare FREng FRS FBCS
Microsoft Research
Mr Max Fordham OBE FREng
Max Fordham Consulting Engineers
Mr Nick Masterson-Jones
Prof John McDermid FREng FBCS FIET FRAeS
University of York
Ms Michelle Richmond FIET
Dr Mike Rodd FBCS FIET
Dr Martyn Thomas CBE FREng FBCS FIET
Martyn Thomas Associates Ltd

Secretary to the Group
Dr Natasha McCarthy
The Royal Academy of Engineering

Contributors to the working group:
Mr Mike Glover FREng
Mr John Suffolk
Cabinet Office


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