The IET welcomes its new President

1 October 2012
IET Communications team
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Professor Andy Hopper

Professor Andy Hopper

Professor Andy Hopper begins his term of office.

The IET gives a very warm welcome to its new President, Professor Andy Hopper, who begins his term of office today.

Andy is Professor of Computer Technology and heads up the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge. With a long history of turning innovative research and technology into commercial success, he has co-founded a dozen start-ups, three of which have floated on stock markets.

He is also Chairman of RealVNC and Ubisense, both born out of research by Cambridge University Graduates and both winners of two Queen’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade. This achievement reflects Andy’s unique ability to successfully bridge the gap between academia and industry.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, and in 2007 was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the computer industry.

His current research interests include computer networking, pervasive and sensor-driven computing and using computers to ensure the sustainability of the planet.

Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1953 and a UK citizen since 1964, Andy received a BSc degree from the University of Wales Swansea and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He enjoys flying and has 5,000+ hours' experience, including a solo round the world flight in a six-seater, single engine Cessna aircraft.

Andy will deliver his President’s Address, 'A perspective on innovation', at IET London: Savoy Place on Thursday, 4 October 2012. The event will be broadcast live on IET.tv.

An in-depth interview with Andy will also be featured in the next print edition of Member News magazine.