Prof. Andy Hopper
About Prof. Andy Hopper Andy Hopper CBE, FIET, FREng, FRS, and the new President of the IET. He co-founded Olivetti Research Laboratory in Cambridge, England 1986. This laboratory was internationally recognised as a centre for excellence, undertaking advanced research into communications, multimedia and mobile technologies. He founded Virata Corporation in 1993 which was a major contributor to the "Cambridge Phenomenon" or Silicon Fen high-tech cluster. Virata provided highly-integrated semiconductors and communications software to Internet access equipment suppliers targeting DSL and broadband wireless devices. He currently heads up the Computer Laboratory at Cambridge University. One of its major initiatives is the innovative Raspberry Pi Foundation that promotes the study of computer science and electronics at school level. 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 graduates from Cambridge University’s Computer Laboratory and both winners of two Queen’s Awards for Innovation and International Trade.