IX. About the Author

Read Aerospace Engineering at the University of Manchester (MEng), a Diploma in Management (DipMan) and has submitted for an Engineering Doctorate, both at UMIST, Manchester and sponsored by BAE SYSTEMS.  His research interests include the application of novel concepts in practical commercial settings.  This has ranged from automatic flight simulation testing schemes for Sonda Aviation [78] and flow separation detection using neural networks [75] through to the understanding and design of commercial emergent organisations.  He has published five scientific papers and several articles promoting his area of research interests.  In 2005 the author was asked to co-chair an as yet unformed IEEE committee to explore “Emergence and Complexity in Industrial Informatics”.

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  • Mark Lynch January 1, 2011, 11:03 pm

    Jonathan
    A really powerful piece that is making me seriously reconsider my future career options – with the EngD looming large as a central part of my plans!

    The EngD really does seem like the perfect post grad qualification providing you have strong academic and industrial support.

    To say something of my own background, I currently hold a 2:1 obtained through a 4 yr placement engineering degree. I also have an MSc, undertaken whilst based at an engineering SME, as part of the Teaching Company Scheme (now Knowledge Transfer Partnership). The MSc scheme has many similarities to its structure as the EngD. Since then I’ve achieved CEng Status and work for a good scientific and technology employer. To complement the technical skills, I’ve undertaken the Chartered Management Institute’s Diploma in Management & Leadership, (in conjunction with the IMechE), as well as achieving Chartered Manager (CMgr) status.

    Having said all this, based on the research I’ve undertaken, together with reports like this, the EngD strikes me as something special. A unique qualification, sitting at the pinnacle of academic achievement for an engineer. From what I understand the blend of technical and business/management subjects makes this the most relevant post grad qualification around. I work with many scientists of differing disciplines, many with PhDs. Both qualifications are sufficiently deep and challenging, but personally I rate the EngD more, as for me it comes down in large part to relevance and employability.

    I have one question though – could a very small technical consultancy start-up provide sufficient industrial support to run an EngD scheme? Initial thoughts would be the EngD scheme would be used to development a suit of consultancy products, based on technical research. In terms of academic support I believe I’m covered. It is just the question about the industrial support for which I would appreciate a second opinion.

    Any thoughts or comments are welcome.

    Kind Regards

    M. Lynch

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