What is Software Engineering


Software Engineering is a rather young field of engineering that still has a lot of room to grow. It can be defined as the study and application of engineering to design, development and maintenance of software. Software Engineering started in early 1940s and the name was coined in 1968. Terms used instead of Software engineering are Software development and Information technology.

Software Engineering Sub Disciplines

Software Engineering has been divided into a number of sub-disciplines which are as follows;

  • Software requirements
  • Software design
  • Software construction
  • Software testing
  • Software maintenance
  • Software configuration management
  • Software engineering management
  • Software engineering process
  • Software engineering tools and methods
  • Software quality

Top Software Engineering Universities

The top three ranked universities when it comes to Software Engineering are as follows;

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Stanford University
  3. Carnegie Mellon University

Software Engineering Associations

There are a myriad of associations pertaining to Software engineering but we shall list only three;

  • TCSE
  • ASP
  • ACM

Being a Software Engineer

Being a Software engineer requires you to be able to understand what the client wants and therefore, you need strong communication skills. The software engineer must be punctual and should be able to deliver on time. Software’s development is a hectic process and therefore, the software engineer should be capable of focusing on the job at hand for a longer span of time without getting frustrated. Since software engineering deals with computers, the software engineer should be able to spend time in front of a computer screen without getting distracted.

Software Engineer Salary

A Software Engineer’s average annual salary in USA is $92,000.

Top Software Engineering Companies

The top three companies pertaining to Software Engineering are;

  1. Juniper Networks
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Yahoo

Top Software Engineering Inventions

Check out the three top inventions (as per us) that are a result of Software Engineering.

  1. Windows
  2. Linux
  3. Macintosh