UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics

Prof Michael Emes

Prof Michael Emes

Professor of Technology Management

Dept of Space & Climate Physics

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2002

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. 


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow | 2018
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2000
University of Oxford
Other higher degree, Master of Engineering (Honours) | 1997


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.