The FINANCIAL -- Alumnus and
benefactor, Sir Robin Saxby visited the University to judge the
Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Competition, take a tour
of improvements in Electrical Engineering and Electronics and meet the
beneficiary of the Fang-Saxby Scholarship.
According to the University of Liverpool, Sir Robin, who graduated with a BEng Electronics in 1968 before being awarded an Hon DEng in 2000, went on to head ARM Holdings, the world’s leading semiconductor intellectual property company, supplying processors to more than 90% of the planet’s mobile phones.
Now living in High Wycombe, Sir Robin retains a Liverpool apartment and a real soft spot for his former home. He said: “I love being back and just walking through the city; the fresh air, the sea birds. I’m also a Liverpool FC supporter. Some people buy houses in the south of France, we’ve got a flat in Liverpool.”
The former IET President was sitting on the panel of the organisation’s Entrepreneurship Competition, a contest that sees engineers and scientists working together to develop business ideas.He said: “To be successful as an engineer or a scientist you need to be very vertical, to get very deep into a subject. But business tends to be very horizontal and the advantage of this competition is in getting people to be more horizontal. What is impressive to me is the way students in both teams are working together across disciplines and remaining positive with each other, which is what they are going to have to do in the real world.”
Sir Robin’s commercial success was won in an industry that has undergone exponential growth in the last 30 years, and as the next generation of smartphones become ubiquitous, it shows little signs of slowing.