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Dr Venkata Satyanarayana Murthy Renduchintala in his honorary graduate robes and hat.

Propelling the University into space - Dr Venkata ‘Murthy’ Renduchintala
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This blog showcases the generosity of alumnus and Honorary Award Recipient Dr Venkata ‘Murthy’ Renduchintala who made a multi-million pound gift to propel Bradford into the future through the creation of the Bradford-Renduchintala Centre for Space AI.

Dr Venkata ‘Murthy’ Renduchintala was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Technology by the University in recognition of his highly successful and inspirational career within the technology industry.

Murthy is a proud alumnus of the University and credits Bradford for the role it has played in kick-starting his career, having completed three degrees at the University:

  • BEng in Electrical Engineering, 1987;
  • PhD degree in Digital Communication, 1990;
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration, 1991.

Murthy has deep expertise in digital technologies and has spent a substantial part of his career in the system-on-chip, mobile and IoT areas.

His career and drive for success took Murthy to Silicon Valley, known as the global centre of technological innovation, where he has held a variety of technical and senior management positions at large global companies, including Intel Corporation, Qualcomm and Skyworks Solutions. Murthy currently sits on the Board of Directors at Accenture.

Working with Murthy has been an absolute pleasure. As an alumnus and Honorary Graduate of the University, he shares our passion and ambition to establish the University, and region, to the forefront of space and satellite technology. We are incredibly grateful for Murthy’s generous donation in helping to make this happen and look forward working with him on other exciting projects in the future.”

Eleanor Clyde-Evans, Associate Director (Engagement, Development and Communications)

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Upon receiving his Honorary Degree and filled with nostalgia from his visit back to campus, Murthy quickly expressed his warmth towards the University and his interest in giving something back to the place that helped kickstart his career.

Given his affinity to the University and capacity to give thanks to his highly successful career in Silicon Valley, the University soon secured a £2m gift from Murthy.

Professor Shirley Congdon and Dr Murthy Renduchintala

This donation was used towards the launch of the University’s new Bradford-Renduchintala Centre for Space AI, putting Bradford on the world stage for space research and innovation.

Given his passion for technological innovation and development, and eagerness to support an area of strategic importance to the University, this provided a mutually beneficial opportunity for both parties and is something the University will be forever grateful for.

In addition to his philanthropic giving, Murthy has also volunteered his time in support of the University and the Space AI Centre, having been a keynote speaker at the 'Let’s Launch: Space AI in Bradford’ event and as a member of the Innovation and Skills Advisory Board.

Murthy also represented the University as a keynote speaker at the ICSSC (International Communications Satellite Systems Conference) in October which was hosted in Bradford, and the UK, for the first time.

I've reached a point in my life where I’d like to return in kind what Bradford has given me, which is a foundation on which I built my career. . . This is about giving Bradford something unique to exploit on a national and global forum but also to exploit the talents of the academic and student pool that exists here.

Murthy’ Renduchintala, Doctor of the University

Watch the the Bradford-Renduchintala Centre for Space AI Official Opening and read about Honorary Graduation for more information on Honorary Award Recipients.

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