Dr Iain Scott
VP Capabilities and CTO, Leonardo
Chair of the organising committee for Radar, Iain is an internationally recognised expert in the field of airborne radar. Over the past 20 years, he has played a prominent role in the development of numerous airborne radars, including systems for the Tornado, Gripen and Typhoon fighter aircraft.
Leonardo sponsored Iain’s PhD in space time adaptive processing 23 years ago, and he has been with the company ever since. In his current role as VP of Capability and Chief Technology Officer, Radar and Advanced Targeting, his main responsibility is to lead on the company’s strategic direction and its major investments in sensor technologies and products.
Iain has always had an interest in STEM subjects, enjoying maths, physics and computing at school. Those interests guided Iain towards a degree in electrical and electronic engineering at Heriot-Watt University, before undertaking his PhD at Edinburgh University. Going full circle, Iain now has the honour of sponsoring other PhD students at Leonardo.
We spoke to Iain in the run up to Radar 2022 to get his thoughts on the radar industry today and the future challenges we may face: What’s on the radar for the radar sector?