M Foysol Chowdhury BSc MSc PhD MIET, leads the commercialisation of valuable research and new technologies in the broad areas of MEMS sensing and flexible electronic textiles at Cambridge University.
Between 2017 to 2019, Foysol had a joint role as a Director of Innovations at BRAC (the largest NGO and number one in the world) and as Professor and Director of R&D at BRAC University. At BRAC he lead teams for social innovations entrepreneurship addressing some of the pressing challenges such as education, health, employments and poverty issues faced by developing countries.
Before joining BRAC, he was employed as a Director of R&D Projects at Cambridge CMOS Sensors (CCS). He lead early stage technology and business development phases at CCS by creating industrial collaboration and R&D funding opportunities. CCS has made a successful exit and was acquired by AMS AG in June 2016.
Prior to joining CCS, was employed as a Technical Lead, at another Cambridge University spin-off company (CamSemi), enabling industrial-style in-house chip design capabilities that lead to the company’s first revenues generation.
Overall, Foysol has more than 25+ years industrial experience in electronics and integrated circuits designs gained from Marconi Defence Systems, LSI Logic, Micron Technology Inc. He also held post-doctoral fellowships at University of Essex and University of Kent and a Senior Research Fellowship at Universities of Warwick, working on leading-edge sensing solutions.
Since 2004, he has been a visiting researcher and external consultant at Cambridge University. He grew up and attended schools in Colchester, Essex, UK. His research interests are in the broad field of the applications of nanotechnology for smart intelligent sensing leading to Internet of Things for sustainable energy-efficient solutions.
His role is to act as a Marketing Advisor by providing consultancy and other services related to science translation, commercialisation and early stage innovation in order to bring various stakeholders together to help drive Cambridge Innovation Forum visions forward.