I have always been fascinated by the job roles distinguished engineer and research fellows. To me it seems these role transcend research and industry. A distinguished engineer is a title applied to someone who is thought (by those conferring this title) to have achieved noteworthy technical, professional accomplishments while working as an engineer. A research fellow is an academic research position at a university or research institution that is usually held by academic staff or faculty members.
I came across a slide show on behaviours and qualities of an IBM Distinguished Engineer. An interesting quote is on the diagram "I want to be distinguished from the rest; to tell the truth, a friend to all mankind is not a friend for me"
Distinguished Engineer IBM Fellows are world famous inventors and theorists. A Distinguished Engineer has a unique and fascinating job that transcends many boundaries. A few of the attributes they mention:
- Eminence takes responsibility
- Be learned, erudite
- Integrity and trust in all things
- Learn from your mistakes
- Apply common sense
- Make decisions
- Have a point of view
- Provide hope
- Inspire others
- Be collaborative
- Be optimistic and cheerful
- Adapt proactively
- Be curious and fearless
- Build a track record and keep notes!
- Know yourself and be true to you
- Enhance your communication skills and image
- Listen actively
- Be a mentor and coach
- Lead diverse teams
- Be a member of a professional body
The route to becoming one is not clear other than be erudite, be a blue sky thinker, learn a lot, work on projects that excite and with people you like and respect. A great set of principles for any career path.