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Short biographies of the members of the group

Email addresses for the group and links to IRIS profiles can be found here (people details)

 

Dr. Michael Emes
 

Dr. Michael Emes

Michael is Associate Professor of Technology Management, Head of the Technology Management Group at UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory and 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 Chartered Engineer, a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Association for Project Management (APM), where he is Co-chair of the Systems Thinking Specific Interest Group. He is Programme Director for the MSc in Management of Complex Projects and the MSc in Technology Management.

 

Dr. Adrian 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.

 

Professor 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.

 

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).

 

Professor Doug Cowper

Professor Doug Cowper

Doug is a UCL Visiting Professor in Systems Engineering and has over 20 years of industrial experience working on various aspects of systems in the Defence, Aerospace and Rail sectors. Doug has a proven track record of delivering Systems Engineering, Technical Management and Governance and Technology Decision Making with a diverse range of organisations. Doug also has lead a number of working groups developing the definition and teaching of systems engineering core competencies in the UK. Doug is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the IET. He has been an active member of INCOSE and was President of INCOSE UK from Nov 08 to Nov 10. He is also Co-chair of the joint APM and INCOSE UK Systems Thinking SIG, an INCOSE Certification Application Reviewer (CAR) and Member of the INCOSE Certification Advisory Group (CAG). 

 

Giles Poulsom

Giles Poulsom

Giles is a Senior Teaching Fellow in UCL's department of Space and Climate Physics (MSSL). Since graduating with a master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering, Giles has gained broad experience within the aerospace, defence, marine and rail industries, and has held various senior technical and management roles. Giles is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

 

Helena Andres Hilarion

Trained as a Civil Engineer both in Spain and France, Helena has worked on the development of rail systems such as high speed, metro and tramway. Her professional responsibilities have spanned the design and construction phases; she has served in engineering design and technical management capacities. This was mainly in Europe and Latin America with SYSTRA, an international engineering and consulting group. Helena enjoys dealing with complex challenges and working in collaboration with multicultural teams. She has an MSc with the UCL Centre for Systems Engineering in Management of Complex Projects.

 

Ian Raper
 

Ian Raper

Ian is a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Technology Management Group. He is Programme Director for the MSc in Systems Engineering Management. 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.

 

Marta Stelmaszak Rosa

Marta Stelmaszak Rosa

Marta is a Teaching Fellow in the Technology Management Group involved with teaching and research in technology and information systems management. Marta is finishing her PhD in Management Information Systems and holds an MSc in this discipline from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously working on a number of entrepreneurial ventures, Marta now focuses on understanding how to manage technology, in particular big data, in increasingly complex organisations. She is a member of the British Computer Society and holds a PGCert in Higher Education. 

 

Matthew 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 Departmental Graduate Tutor responsible for MSc programmes in Systems Engineering Management and Space Science and Engineering. 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.

 

Dr. Raúl Leal

Dr. Raúl Leal

Raúl is a Senior Teaching Fellow, and 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.

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