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Prof Michael Emes
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  • Professor of Technology Management
  • Dept of Space & Climate Physics
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Michael is Director of UCL Centre for Systems Engineering and Head of the Technology Management Group at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL). He completed his first degree (MEng) in Engineering, Economics and Management at St John’s College, Oxford, and a PhD at MSSL in spacecraft cryogenic systems. He worked as a strategy consultant for Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman) on projects in retail, energy and transport, including a project advising the Department for Transport on how to address the problems of the rail sector in the last days of Railtrack plc. He now conducts teaching and research at UCL in the areas of systems engineering and technology management in domains including transport, health, defence and aerospace, and is Programme Manager and a lead trainer for the European Space Agency’s Project Manager Training Course. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of APM, INCOSE and the IET.

Research Summary

Research interests include management of technology and systems engineering in various sectors including space, transport and health. A particular focus is using systems approaches to improve decision-making processes, deriving effective and efficient solutions that deliver value to a system’s stakeholders.

Teaching Summary

MSc Teaching at UCL

Programme Leader for the following MSc programmes:

  • MSc Management of Complex Projects
  • MSc Technology Management
  • MSc Systems Engineering Master's Degree Apprenticeship
  • MSc Transformation Leadership Master's Degree Apprenticeship
Module Leader for the following MSc modules:

  • Technology Strategy
  • The Business Environment
  • Managing Risk in Dynamic Environments
  • Leadership
  • Transformational Design
  • Technology Driven Transformation
  • Transformation Trends and Emerging Technology Review
  • Technology Management / Systems Engineering / Project Management Project Concept
  • Technology Management / Systems Engineering / Project Management Research Project 

Industrial Training

Programme Manager for the following programmes:

  • PA Consulting Systems Thinking and Engineering Academy
  • European Space Agency Project Manager Training Course

Since 2005, Michael has designed and delivered training courses to many industrial customers including PA Consulting, European Space Agency, General Dynamics UK, Leonardo, BAE Systems, General Electric, QinetiQ, Airbus, Ultra Electronics, National Air Traffic Services, Mahindra, Marshall, L3 Communications. 

16-AUG-2017 Director UCL Centre for Systems Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
09-SEP-2011 Head, Technology Management Group Mullard Space Science Laboratory UCL, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2009 – 16-AUG-2017 Deputy Director UCL Centre for Systems Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
2000   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1997   Master of Engineering (Honours) University of Oxford
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