04 Apr '13, 3pm

Were the winners of the #QEPrize actually engineers? We'd like to know your opinion.

'The decision to award the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering to internet pioneers Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Kahn, Vinton Cerf, Louis Pouzin and Marc Andreessen has raised some interesting questions. The fact is that the choice to award the so-called 'Nobel Prize for Engineering' to these men has served to open up one of the great fault lines within the profession: namely, how to define an engineer. Certainly, the news was greeted with bemusement by some engineers of my acquaintance, who expressed disappointment that the Prize had not gone to those who might more readily be identified as engineers in a traditional sense. And while this may seem unfair (after all, most of these men do hold engineering qualifications or posts), I attended an event some time ago where a panel of engineers was asked to name a living British engineering hero. Rightly or wrongly, no-one men...

Full article: http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-blogs/when-is...

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