» MS ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING, '68
» PhD ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING, '71
Sachio Semmoto began his career as a serial entrepreneur at Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT), where he led the development of Japan’s first optical fiber system. He went on to co-found DDI Corporation, the first privately-held telephone company in Japan, and then founded eAccess Ltd., a mobile network operator. In 2005, Semmoto founded his fifth start-up company, eMobile.
With a propensity to create new systems for future generations, Semmoto is a founder of Eco-Power Co., Ltd., Japan’s first wind-power generating company, and has helped lead the movement for eco-friendly technology in Japan. Semmoto’s entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to co-found the Japan Academic Society of Ventures and Entrepreneurs so he could help others commercialize their inventions.
A distinguished alumnus, Semmoto generously supports the next generation of Gator engineers, particularly through the Dr. Sachio Semmoto Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has served as a member of the UF Foundation Board of Directors, UF Alumni Association, Engineering Dean's Advisory Board and as founding member of the Japan Gator Club.