Sir Christopher Snowden (FRS FREng FIET FIEEE FCGI) is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton and an engineer with wide experience of the international microwave and semiconductor industry. He was Knighted in the 2012 New Year’s Honours for services to engineering and higher education.
He is the Chair of the international judging Panel for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (the ‘Nobel Prize’ of Engineering). He was a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory Council for Science and Technology from 2011-2016. Until August 2013 he was Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and was President of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (2009-10).
Sir Christopher was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey until September 2015 and led its transition to a top 10 UK university during the period 2005-15. He was President of Universities UK (2013-2015) and sat on the governing body of InnovateUK, the UK government’s funding body for innovation. Sir Christopher was a Member of the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council from 2006-12.
He has previous experience as a Non-Executive Director of several technology companies and has acted as a consultant to several major international microwave companies. Prior to his appointment at Surrey in 2005, Sir Christopher was Chief Executive Officer of Filtronic ICS. He joined Filtronic plc in 1998 as Director of Technology before being promoted to Joint Chief Executive Officer in 1999.
Sir Christopher is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the IET and a Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute. He was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal in 2004 for his “outstanding contributions to the UK microwave semiconductor industry”. He was awarded the 1999 Microwave Prize of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques. In 2009 he was awarded the IEEE Distinguished Educator Award of the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. He received the 2012 Outstanding Career Award from the European Microwave Association. He has published 8 books and over 340 technical papers.