(Or Software Engineer / Systems Developer if you prefer...)
For many years I've been a coder (eg Perl, C, PHP, *ML, OO given half a chance, plus others), security and Linux (RedHat (CentOS, Fedora), SuSE SLES) evangilist.
I'm fascinated by the potential of Linux when placed at the heart of systems. What systems? Since university I've been interested in medical sensors and vehicle control systems. In more recent times I've been interested in using Linux devices on the Web (or at least communication over the Internet). Examples of things that've peaked my interest range from smart devices in the home, across to web applications running on "normal" workstations/servers.
Something else worth mentioning is that I really am a geek; I love things that beep & have flashing lights. Whether this is high level light bulb poking or low level chip tickling, it's all good :)
I graduated from Bradford University(Department of Electrical Engineering) with a honours degree in Electronic, Telecommunication and Computer Engineering. The degree covered electronic engineering (analogue, digital), communications systems (from transmission line through to mobile telephony and satellite communications), real-time systems, DSP design and lots and lots (and lots) of mathematics. There was more of course, but I won't bore you here.
GPT (which became Marconi and is now Ericsson) sponsored me through the 4 years. I went to work for them in my third year, joining the team dealing with digital telephony. I spent the first half of my time there testing software for release to BT ("System Proving") and the remaining time in the System Design department, where I developed a call feature interaction testing. I also began learning what Unix could do during this time.
I've been around a little over the years. In 1997-'98 I was a Degree Sponsored Student Trainee at GPT. Then after graduation I've been....
A software engineer working on projects in the digital television sector. Here I found a home working on projects that had vision of the entire project's system and I seemed to take to this far more easily than narrow-field subsystems.
A part time sales chap at Miletts (outdoor clothing shops) - I did this after the company above laid off its Cambridge staff, and I was looking into a part time MSc
A telecoms software house in London
A small software/technology startup with a very big outlook
Cambridge University as a programmer - designing systems using off the shelf hardware and mixtures of released software and code I developed.
My main skills lay in programming (C, GNU tools, Web programming (LAMP), Databases), systems design and development, Linux & Windows administration. Any programming these days ends up with _someone_ administering the systems used, and - apart from my first job when I knew next to nothing about anything much - I've always been the one tinkering. It's scary how much you learn over time, isn't it?
We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
I am a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and have been since 1995 (until 2006 they were the Institution of Electrical Engineers or the IEE). Since 2004 I have held a place on the IET Cambridge branch (or Local Network) - and am on the Main Committee. In the past (when I was young enough... sigh...) I've been the IET Cambridge Younger Members Hon. Secretary. Whilst a YM I successfully organised the IET's presence at the Cambridge Science Festival when at the Guild Hall.
I am also a Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and am a member of the IEEE Computer Society.
CPD is important in many industries. I am registered with the IET on their CPD programme. I am also registered with the Engineering Council (level 1) to eventually get my C.Eng (Chartered Engineer) qualificaion.