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Hat-trick of honours for ECS alumnus Max Toti

Published: 17 April 2015

ECS Alumnus and Visiting Professor Max Toti has this year seen his company Captec recognized for its success in three notable business listings.

Max set up Captec in 1985. The company designs and manufactures ruggedised computer systems that can be deployed anywhere, regardless of operating environment. Captec's expertise is to design and manufacture computers that will operate reliably, over a long life, in any environment, engineering protection for any one of many stress factors such as temperature extremes, shock, vibration, dust, and fluids. The company is increasingly developing computing platforms at the edge of technology in Mobile Computing, the Internet of Things and Wearable computing applications, with embedded software and cloud connectivity. Captec's Headquarters and operations are based in Fareham with operations in Canada and the USA.

Over recent months Captec has won a place in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 league table of 100 most profitable companies in the UK; it has been included in the London Stock Exchange list of 1000 companies to inspire Britain, and it has won one of the South's Most Ambitious Companies Awards.

Max commented: “As an ECS alumnus I am proud to attribute part of my career and company’s successes to the excellent degree that ECS gave me, and the self-confidence that it inspired. ECS has created, and continues to create a huge pool of highly talented engineers and computer scientists who are changing the world. The combined successes of ECS alumni around the world is an inspiration to all others following our footsteps, reinforcing the message that if we can do it, so can you. ECS continues to pioneer the nurturing of future talent and provide support and encouragement to its alumni to spark the new generations of entrepreneurs.”

Max has provided mentorship to ECS students in recent years and has also addressed graduating students in recent years, passing on some of the lessons that he has learned in his business career. He is a member of the ECS Alumni Board and will be one of the 'Dragons' in our 'Dragons Den' competition taking place on Saturday 2 May.

"We are delighted to see Max and Captec achieving this national and international success and recognition," said Professor Neil White, Head of Electronics and Computer Science. "Our students are able to experience the highest quality of education and gain excellent jobs in industry. Max's success helps provide inspiration to them by demonstrating that it's also possible to set up an innovative company, providing new opportunities for others in a highly competitive field, achieving great success and benefiting UK business. We look forward to more success in the future, from Max and other ECS graduates!"

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