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Prof. Alan Smith
Professor Alan Smith

In 1990 Alan joined University College London’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory following 8 years at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands. He is founding Director of UCL’s Centre for Systems Engineering (since 1998), instigator of the Centre's education and training programme and Director of MSSL. Alan’s background is in space science technology and project management and he has worked with all of the major space agencies.

Dr. Michael Emes
Dr. Michael Emes

Michael is Head of the Technology Management Group at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering. His research interests include technology decision making, risk management and the causes of project failure. Before joining UCL, Michael was a strategy consultant working on projects in retail, e-commerce and transport. Michael is a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Association for Project Management (APM).

Dr. Ady James
Dr. Adrian James

Ady has worked at UCL for over twenty years on various space programmes, in various roles from detector scientist to project manager. This experience enabled him to help develop and deliver the MSc in Systems Engineering Management, most recently as Programme Director between 2009 and 2012. In 2012 Ady moved to Australia to start up the Adelaide office of MSSL and in 2013 Ady was appointed as Academic Director of UCL Australia. Ady remains a member of UCLse and is active in research and teaching of systems engineering and project management.

Dr. Raúl Leal
Dr. Raúl Leal

Raúl is the Business Development Manager for the Technology Management Group at the Department of Space and Climate Physics in UCL. He is interested in systems thinking, systems modelling, systems design, project management and the professional development in these areas in industry. His involvement in education and training extends to over 20 years and several countries. Before joining UCL Dr. Leal was systems design authority in the development of a nuclear imaging (PET) instrument.

Simon Jackson
Simon Jackson

Simon is Programme Director for the MSc in Systems Engineering Management and the MSc in Technology Management. He has significant practical experience of project management and has been lecturing in the subject for 15 years. He spent 20 years working in the defence industry at Rolls-Royce and British Aerospace on several aircraft development programmes. He has also managed several change projects including the development of new resource management systems. He is a Chartered Engineer, a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and of the Association for Project Management.

Benoit Pigneur
Benoit Pigneur

Benoit is a tutor in the Centre for Systems Engineering in Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL) at University College London. He is involved with teaching at MSc level as well as delivering industrial training. Some of his research interests include space systems, space mission design, systems architecting, system-of-systems, concurrent design, design management and design thinking. Before joining UCL, he worked in the space industry and also in academia in UK, Europe and USA. Through his career, Benoit has been involved with several space projects as well as teaching engineering courses at university. He holds a MSc in Space Mission Analysis and Design from the University of Glasgow and a MSc in Systems Engineering and Control from Purdue University. Benoit is a member of the International Council of Systems Engineering (INCOSE).

Ian Raper
Ian Raper

Ian is a tutor in the Technology Management Group. Prior to joining MSSL he had 22 years of industrial experience working on all aspects of the systems design lifecycle from user requirements through to integration, acceptance and deployment. Part of Ian’s career was in the defence sector, within Vickers Shipbuilding and BAE SYSTEMS. Following this, he worked in the space sector covering mission and system level activities at EADS Astrium. Ian is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering. He holds an MSc in Systems Engineering from UCL and in 2015 gained his PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher and Professional Education.

Matt Whyndham
Matthew Whyndham

Matthew is a practising project manager and research scientist in UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL). Most of his work has been in the instrumentation field (radiation detectors and data handling systems). He is the Course Organiser for the Department's MSc programmes, in Systems Engineering Management and in Space Science/Space Technology. He teaches topics in space technology, technology management and project management within these programmes, and is a lead tutor in UCL's APM accredited project management course.

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