Really good test engineers are hard to find and are at least as valuable as good design engineers. I always say that "a reproducable bug is half fixed", so getting reproducable bugs from testing cuts my work in half. Testing is a totally different mindset: design engineers try to make things work, while good test engineers try to do the opposite.
I once worked with a great test engineer named Bob. He was a really nice guy, except that he was positively sadistic when it came to making products fail after they had been "blessed" by design engineering. Then he would come by with a little smile and say "Betajet, I found something Interesting." "Interesting" of course meant more work for design engineers, but he had done the hard part.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.