Published: 10 March 2016

My science hero: Robert Noyce

Dr Radu Sporea describes why American engineer Robert Noyce, nicknamed ‘the Mayor of Silicon Valley’, sparked his interest in a career in electronic engineering.

To mark British Science Week, Surrey academics describe the person who inspired them to pursue a career in science and engineering.

Watch the video to hear Dr Radu Sporea, RAEng Academic Research Fellow, explain why Robert Noyce is his science hero.

Robert Noyce is the person who made the most impact on the silicon revolution. He went on to start Intel and supervised the team which created the first microprocessor.

Dr Radu Sporea

Become your hero

Whether you’re interested in engineering, biosciences, maths or physics, the University of Surrey offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees to help you pursue your passion for a career in science or engineering.

Find out who Jim Al-Khalili, Professor of Physics, picked as his physics hero and discover why playing with K'Nex as a child inspired Ben Elphick to study for a MEng in Civil Engineering.

Careers in electronic engineering

A career in electronic engineering offers variety, challenge and stimulation. 

Graduate electronic engineers are in demand, not only in research and development but also in the City, in technical sales, management, and government and public services.

Surrey electronic engineering graduates work in companies across the electronics, information technology and communications industries. Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as electronic hardware engineer at BAE Systems Avionics Ltd and energy engineer at Cable and Wireless.

Explore our Electrical and Electronic Engineering degrees, read about engineering scholarships and find out about student life at Surrey.

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