How I became a software engineer

Solutions: innovative software and systems are being designed at Atkins Photo: PeopleImages By Chris Moss 10:46AM GMT 23 Dec 2015 Engineering – like everything else – is increasingly digital, both in terms of the things that engineers design and in terms of how they go about it. If Meccano and ‘deconstructing’ toys once served as the young engineer’s informal apprenticeship, now programming or playing video games can be useful preparation. David Forster, 28, joined Atkins in September 2010 after specialising in information engineering and control theory during his master’s degree course at Cambridge University. “At school I found maths and scientific theory fascinating, but I chose engineering over theoretical science because I have always been most satisfied when producing something,” he says. “As a child I fancied myself as an inventor.”…

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