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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 Technology Management
  • MSc Transformation Leadership (Level 7 Senior Leader Apprenticeship)

Module Leader for the following MSc modules:

  • Delivering Complex Projects
  • Managing Risk in Dynamic Environments
  • Transformation for Sustainability
  • Project Simulation
  • Transformation Leadership Project Concept
  • Transformation Leadership Research Project 

Industrial Training

Programme Manager for the following programme:

  • European Space Agency Project Manager Training Course

Since 2005, Michael has designed and deliveredtraining courses to many industrial customers including PA Consulting, European Space Agency, General Dynamics UK, Leonardo, BAESystems, General Electric, QinetiQ, Airbus, Ultra Electronics, National Air Traffic Services, Mahindra, Marshall, L3Communications. 

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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