Ian Bryson
03 May 2011



Ian Bryson




Ian Bryson BA, BA1 Hons
Head of Strategic Development
UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
Blackford Hill

Tel: +44 (0)131 668 8238


  • 1981: First Class Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College Dublin
  • Formal Graduate Engineering training at GEC Turbine Generators Rugby, Warwickshire followed by 8 years at GEC Ferranti Avionics, working on the design of cockpit avionics including cameras, displays and Head-up Displays, finishing as Project Leader on the Mid Life Update for Tornado Head-up display.
  • Moved to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh as Project Manager/Technical Lead (and some Mechanical Design) of Michelle, a mid-IR imager spectrometer for UKIRT and Gemini
  • Promoted to Programme Manager role in 2000 responsible for oversight of all Project Managers, resource Allocation across projects, creation and implementation of a range of project management procedures. This has included trouble shooting on SCUBA 2, supporting JWST MIRI and other Phase A's including HRNIRS and WFMOS studies for Gemini.
  • Took up current role in 2005 responsible for formulating the strategic development of the UK ATC, assessment of future projects and technology.
  • Also responsible for overseeing the staff effort allocation process for current and future projects and responsible for production of the annual UK ATC Operating Plan and Report.