The IET launches new Information & Communications Sector
Chi Onwurah: multidisciplinary knowledge is essential for tackling the big challenges that societies now face.
The IET has launched its new Information and Communications Sector to become the Institution’s principle focal point for technology professionals involved in the field.
The I&C Sector aims to provide up-to-date news and information for both IET members and non-members, and to track the defining issues driving this dynamic and influential profession. It will also champion professional interests to governments, policy formers, and the wider public. It is one of a portfolio of new Sectors that the IET has introduced to cover the full range of its membership and activities. The sector teams include leading industry and academic figures, working in collaboration with senior IET experts.
“One of the Sectors’ key objectives is to partner with strategically-aligned trade associations and industry bodies, and identify key hot topics and activities to ensure that the IET deploys its established expertise where we believe it will have the greatest impact,” says Simon Yarwood, I&C Sector Head. “Areas such as data centres, superfast broadband delivery, and green ICT, are having a profound impact on the way the world is run, and yet in many cases they have emerged so quickly that our understanding of how best to manage them is still catching up. The I&C Sector’s mission is to close the gap between professional understanding and business reality, and to establish a focal point for taking forward professional knowledge and attainments.”
Other areas within the I&C Sector’s scope include smart grids and metering, wireless applications and spectrum management, large-scale software project management, and security. Full details can be found in a summary document that can be downloaded from http://kn.theiet.org/sectors/information-communications/index.cfm.
Speaking at the launch event, shadow minister for science Chi Onwurah said that multidisciplinary knowledge is essential for tackling the big challenges that global societies now face. “Markets now are very rarely single engineering-skill based. [Engineering and technology] graduates have to be absolutely clear about this,” she said. “They cannot pursue their profession in an engineering silo – no matter how beautifully engineered that silo is.”
Multidisciplinary skills are also crucial, Onwurah added, to respond to the challenge of climate change – “because rising temperatures affect all disciplines as well as all humanity”.
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