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Monday 28 June 2021

Distinguished Engineer and Research Fellows

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 

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