Christopher Snowden

Christopher Snowden


c/o Amanda Goodacre, Head of ECS Office, Electronics and Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences; University of Southampton; Highfield Campus; University Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom


  • 1999, Microwave Prize, Past Awardees**
  • 2009, Distinguished Educator Award, Past Awardees**
  • dml, TC-2 DESIGN AUTOMATION, Technical Committees**
  • Member, TC-2 DESIGN AUTOMATION, Technical Committees**


Professor Sir Christopher Snowden is an engineer with wide experience of the international microwave and semiconductor industry. He was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton (20015-19) and previously the University of Surrey (2005-15). He was Knighted by the Queen 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 UK 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).

He was President of Universities UK (2013-2015) and sat on the governing body of Innovate UK, 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 companies and acts as a consultant to several major international microwave and technology companies. He is currently Chair of the ERA Foundation.  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 1999 Microwave Prize of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques society.  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 was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal in 2004 for his “outstanding contributions to the UK microwave semiconductor industry”.  He has published 8 books and over 340 technical papers. He has been awarded Honorary Degrees from the universities of Leeds, Strathclyde, Surrey and City University of London.


Terahertz Technology Fact or Fiction

The interest in exploring the spectrum above 100 GHz and below 10 THz is limited by the availability of suitable solid-state technologies. This presentation addresses the present state-of-the-art for active devices and integrating technologies in the range 100 GHZ to 2 THz.

Physical Models for Microwave and Millimeter- Wave CAD

State-of-the-art modeling techniques for microwave and millimeter-wave transistors are presented together with an outline of their application in process-oriented CAD. The presentation will consider MESFET, HBT, and pHEMT devices in the frequency range 900 MHz to 140 GHz.

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