• Question: you seem to be a talanted engineer, but what makes you stand out from the others

    Asked by charizard to Andy, Bill, Grant, Kayleigh, Rain on 16 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Bill Price

      Bill Price answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Hi charizard, Im not sure you can establish talent from my profile and responses but we are all a little bit different in our attributes and capability. Id like to think that I do stand out in some aspects of engineering but really I need all sorts of (equally or more) talented engineers with complimentary skills around me. So perhaps we stand out as a team?

    • Photo: Rain Irshad

      Rain Irshad answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      If we all stood shoulder to shoulder, I think I’d stand lower than everyone else. But only physically.

    • Photo: Andrew Hearn

      Andrew Hearn answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      I think in my field, we have to be good at learning quickly about the other fields to be able to develop the software for. I.e. for the automatic controller box for trains, I had to understand at an higher level how signal engineering worked, and what needs to be done, what cannot be done, and so on.

      For radars, I had to get up to speed about radar and microwave engineering, and what radars can and cannot do, such as electromagnetic interference from the movement of the radar – so in software we had to make the microchips “smarter” to separate actual signals from noise (false signals). Similarly for flights – we had to simulate a lot of things while obeying the laws of physics, so that we get realistic planes into the virtual environment.

      So like for any engineering fields, the engineer would need to be good at what s/he does, but for software, one, has to on top of that, need to be able to understand similar amounts of information from other fields in a shorter amount of time.

      However as this “I’m an Engineer, get me out of here” has progressed, the less and less comfortable I feel about the idea of deciding which engineer is the best as we all have so much to give and share.

      I think my answer here applies too!: http://bit.ly/z68HQ9

      Luckily for us, we don’t get to choose – you do! (As I think I would have a really hard time trying to work out which engineer is the best one!) 🙂

    • Photo: Kayleigh Messer

      Kayleigh Messer answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      oo I don’t know, I think we are pretty interesting people!

    • Photo: Grant Cairnie

      Grant Cairnie answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Being the slowest to respond to all the questions makes me stand out from the others…