The West of England region has one of the strongest technology clusters in the world, not just in the UK. It is the biggest technology cluster outside of London, and has a larger number of high tech designers than the capital. In a world where technology is a dominant force, the Rise of the Engineer Issue 5 factsheet looks at the engineers in the region who are at the forefront of leading edge developments for current and next generation technology.
Global companies such as Intel, HP, Infineon and Toshiba all employ world class engineers that are researching and designing the latest tech right here in the West of England. Some are working on the next generation of wireless technology, designing the silicon chips for 5G mobile and ultra high speed fixed wireless links. Others are working on some of the most complex chips on the planet, with ten, twenty or even 100 microprocessor cores for the next generation of cloud computing and supercomputers. Yet more engineers are working on the technologies that will create the Internet of things, connecting up cities, homes and individuals to reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of life for people all around the world.
World class universities in the West of England also host some of the most inspiring researchers looking forward to the next ten years with mind-blowing ideas that will become the technology of tomorrow with the help of the region’s engineers and technologists.
All of this needs good designers of hardware, from silicon to sensors to printed circuit boards, and software, from the embedded operating systems to the applications that make the technology usable. The technology industry is global and hardware and software engineers are in high demand across the UK, Europe, the US and China. A career in technology can start in one of the hottest tech regions in the world and move to California or Shanghai, working with large, global companies or fast moving startups that aim to take over the world.