SenSat | Tim Budden

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Tim Budden

Chief Technology Officer

With a PhD in Physics from Oxford University, Tim joins SenSat as our CTO. He has a breadth of experience in the conception, design and delivery of complex software engineering projects.

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What is your job at SenSat?

The CTO.

 

What are you most looking forward to in your role?

Working with a growing team of talented, energetic and imaginative people to create new capabilities for connecting computation with the physical world.

 

Why did you join SenSat?
I started life as a physicist, and have always been fascinated by geometry. It's really a dream come true to be able to work for a company that is focused on capturing physical and geometric data with high precision and at huge scale. As well as providing a platform and the tools to make it easy for industries to apply this data to transform their work. It's especially exciting to join at a time where the company is growing fast.

 

What has been the proudest achievement in your career?

Playing a key role in the conception, design and delivery of a complex software engineering project involving a large group of dedicated people, to build a real-time settlement system with full netting at a post-trade banking company. 

If you could write a slogan for SenSat, it would read:

Connecting computation with the physical world.

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What country are you from?

The United Kingdom.


What book has had the most impact on your life? What did it teach you?

The Feynman Lectures on Physics. It taught me that there are lots of different ways of understanding the world and to think things through for yourself.

Tell us about a time where you “failed” that set you up for success later on. 

With the best intentions, I once (actually more than once) tried to be a hero and single-handedly architect a solution to a challenging engineering problem. This put me under a lot of pressure and ultimately led to a poor outcome. Since then, I’ve learned to love collaborating with other people on a problem and relish in creating new ideas with others. It’s one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of my job.

If you could have a billboard in London that thousands of people were going to see, what would you put on it and why?

Include squash in the Olympics! I’m a big believer in the benefits of making sport a part of life. Squash is a great game to play and has brought me so much pleasure over many years. I’d love more people to try it! I think including it the Olympics would help. Yes, it’s hard to believe: it’s not yet an Olympic sport!

 

What are some things that everyone should try at least once? 

Spending time in the mountains in the summer (as well as the winter). Living in a different country from where you grew up.

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If you could travel back to any one point in time, what would it be and why?

I'd go back to 1905 as that’s the year Einstein published a number of earth-shattering papers in physics. Amazing progress in physics was made over the next few decades: relativity and quantum theory.

If you could invite five people, dead or alive, to a dinner party, who would you choose?

Pythagoras, Descartes, Newton, Hume, and Einstein

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