LONDON Professor Christopher M Snowden, FREng, CEng, FIEE, FIEEE will become the University of Surrey’s Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive in July next year and succeed Professor Patrick J Dowling, CBE, DL, FREng, FRS, who retires at the end of June 2005.
Prior to the move, Professor Snowden will resign as a director of Filtronic plc and from the post of Chief Executive Officer, Filtronic ICS, at the beginning of April.
Snowden is also Professor of Microwave Engineering at the University of Leeds and a Visiting Professor in Physics at the University of Durham He has held a personal Chair of Microwave Engineering at the University of Leeds since 1992 and during the period 1995-98 he was Head of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
He was the founder and first Director of the Institute of Microwaves and Photonics located in the school and during his time at Leeds he has supervised 49 successful PhD candidates and is still actively involved in research at Leeds.
Professor Snowden is a non-executive director of Intense Photonics, which manufactures integrated optoelectronic products and a non-executive director of CENAMPS, which is involved in microsystems and nanotechnology.
He is a member of the UK's National Advisory Committee on Electronic Materials and Devices and has advised on two of the Office of Science and Technology/DTI Foresight Programmes. He also advises Regional Development Agencies on technical and industrial investment strategies.
Professor Snowden is Deputy Chairman of the European Microwave Association and is a member of the IEEE's Compound Semiconductor Device Technology Committee. He is also an active member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society serving on several of their committees.