Re: "Engineer"

Subject: Re: "Engineer"
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- CYBERPASS -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 10:22:57 -0700

>Few of the founding fathers of software engineering were engineers.

Depends on what you mean by engineer.

Somewhere over the years my copy of the proceedings of the Garmisch
conference of Oct 68 have disappeared, but I still have the report of the
1969 Rome conference. It lists 68 participants with their affiliations.
Twelve are from IBM. Eight are from computer science departments. Six are
from math departments or math laboratories. Three are from Bell Labs.
affiliations include GE, Siemens, Boeing, ICL, Control Data, UNIVAC, and

The seven chapters of the report are

1. Theory and practice
2. Software specification
3. Software quality (correctness; performance measurement and
4. Software flexibility (portability; adaptability)
5. Large systems (case histories; sources of problems; software
6. Software engineering education
7. Working papers
Aron: Estimating resources for large systems
Brown: Software portability
Dijkstra: Structured programming
Falkoff: Criteria for a system design language
Gotlieb & McEwen: System evaluation tools
Hopkins: Computer aided software design
Lang: Languages for writing system programs
McGowan: UNIVAC 1108 instrumentation
Needham: Software engineering techniques & OS design and
Needham & Aron: Software engineering and computer science
Schorr: Compiler writing techniques and problems
Schwartz: Analyzing large scale system development
Teitelman: Toward a programming laboratory
Ulrich: Design of highly reliable continuous operation systems

Whatever these participants titles and affiliations may have been, they
clearly working on engineering problems. ...RM

Richard Mateosian <srm -at- cyberpass -dot- net>
Review Editor, IEEE Micro Berkeley, CA

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