About discussion on the Dr and Eng title, note that in france, "Ecole d'Ingénieurs" are very respected, especially in the industry.
It can be translated as MSc (master of science) for average engineering school, but for the few A-Class schools (Polytechnique, Centrale Paris, Supélec, Suptélécom...) it is preferred to PhD level.
I know an industrialist who is proud to write "Docteur Ingénieur" because he did a PhD thesis after an engineering grade in a top school, and because depending in which circle you gravitate, PhD or Engineer is the most respected title.
There is a fight in France between engineering school and universities, because the Universities feel that engineering school diploma are more appreciated than PhD and they disagree.
It seems the Italian system is not far... maybe less extreme than in France.
If you want to judge who is the most brillant in France between a PhD and an engineer, read his CV.