Stephen Crosher

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Internet & Software
Job title: Strategic Programs Director
Subject of study: Mechanical Engineering
Year of graduation: 1995
Type/Level of study: Post graduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Synopsys Inc.

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

1991-1995 – Exeter University, Electrical and Electronic Engineering M.Eng 1995-2001 – Joined Nokia Telecommunications as a graduate electronics engineer. 1998-2001 – Joined Tandberg Television as a senior electronics engineer. 2001-2005 – Joined Zarlink Semiconductor as a senior IC designer. 2005-Present – Founder and CEO of Moortec Semiconductor (acquired by Synopsys Inc.)

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Interest in circuit design and technology. Have enjoyed the progression of my career from design to senior management of a successful company based in the South-West of UK that had global influence in semiconductor design, working with many Silicon Valley technology companies.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Rag Society Student Representative (Engineering Faculty) for University Council.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

Field trips to technology companies. Presentations given by local technology companies. Achieving final year project objectives.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Supportive teaching staff. Great campus.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Course content matched my interests well.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Over coming challenges. Working on ground breaking technologies. Working with and motivating others.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Ask questions. Seek mentors and role models. Be proactive. Keep learning.

What are your plans for the future?

After the success of my company, Moortec Semiconductor, seek to bring further new semiconductor based technologies to society.


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