Emma Sparks

Head of the Centre for Systems Engineering
Cranfield University

Dr Emma Sparks is the Head of the Centre for Systems Engineering at Cranfield Defence and Security, Shrivenham. Responsible for strategic direction and management of a team of people conducting delivery of the Systems Engineering portfolio across teaching, research and consultancy for Cranfield Defence and Security.

Emma is a Systems Engineer specialising in human systems. She has a doctorate and masters in Systems Engineering for Defence and a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science from Chichester. Before joining Cranfield University at Shrivenham, Emma worked for five years as a research scientist within the Defence Clothing and Textiles Agency and latterly as Technical Lead for future soldier systems at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

In September 2005 Emma Joined Cranfield University as a lecturer providing education for post graduate students from industry, government and overseas, along with support to a number of military courses which run at the Shrivenham site and bespoke short courses for overseas organisations and government, specialising in systems thinking, enterprise architecture and more recently Human Factors Integration. She gained her Post Graduate Certificate in Learning, Teaching and Assessment for Higher Education, which underpins her additional role as the Course Director for the SEDC MSc applying educational best practice to continue to shape the course for the future.

Emma is internationally published and has worked extensively with overseas organisations, most notably the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Adelaide. She is a member of INCOSE and the IET, for which she is applying for chartership.