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Tackling the Verification Skills challenge in the UK

Conference: Verification Futures 2022 (click here to see full programme)
Speaker: Stewart Edmondson
Presentation Title: Tackling the Verification Skills challenge in the UK
Abstract: There is a fundamental problem for the UK. Our participation in and leadership of technological advances is being limited by a chronic skills shortage in Electronic Engineering. Over a number of years, too few students have been studying Electrical & Electronic Engineering and this means that there are insufficient graduate engineers to drive forward innovation and progress. This shortage is particularly acute in the sphere of Design Verification (DV), where the situation is compounded be a lack of awareness among students.
Speaker Bio: Stewart Edmondson has been the CEO of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation since 2015. He has a degree in Electronics and a wide range of engineering management experience in both the public and private sectors. He has been a Chartered Engineer for over 20 years and is a Fellow of the IET. As a volunteer, he chairs their Professional Development Advisory Committee. He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Employability, Professionalism and Ethics at Aston University.
Key Points: We know that competition to attract undergraduates’ attention and interest is fierce. Therefore, unless proactive action is taken now to encourage more undergraduates to focus on DV, the current shortfall will only worsen in the future. Key points:
  • Raise awareness of careers in DV among current students.
  • Promote closer engagement between universities and employers.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their interest in DV.
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