In college, all electronic students hear about is the basics of circuit design and how components work. There is hardly (if any) mention of the variables in place such as cost and availability of components. Likewise, there is hardly any mention of government standards that one must abide by in order to sell or market a product. How has engineering for 'compliance' affected you in your career? What pros and cons do you see to the issue?
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Counter example to your idea Margaret Thatcher was a scientist. I know what you mean about policy wonks. My last contract was scheduled for extension but the end client had not decided requirements or policies after three months discussion.