Chief Technology Officer and Founder, Orbital Micro Systems (OMS)

Michael Hurowitz serves as chief technology officer and vice president of engineering for Orbital Micro Systems (OMS). In this role, he is responsible for passive microwave instrument research and development as well as production programs in support of OMS’ Global Environmental Monitoring System (GEMS) fleet of passive microwave small satellites for weather and climate remote sensing. The first GEMS satellite was deployed on the IOD-1 GEMS mission on July 3rd, 2019 and has returned compelling first light data. In addition, Michael is the lead for the company’s Microwave Products Team, focused on working with multiple university partners, including CU Boulder, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Wisconsin to develop state of the art atmospheric physics models to improve remote sensing capabilities enabled by OMS’ GEMS satellite constellation. Hurowitz brings nearly twenty years of scientific, engineering, product development, entrepreneurial and operational experience to the OMS leadership team. Prior to co-founding OMS, he facilitated product development and optimization for leading technology and aerospace entities such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, and NASA as well as nearly a hundred startup companies. In addition, Hurowitz has co-founded four successful technology firms.

Hurowitz holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics and Public Affairs from the Colorado School of Mines and has previously taught a graduate level course on electronics manufacturing at the University of Colorado. He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys the Colorado mountains and works part time on a bison ranch.