About the Founders
It would be difficult to separate Carol Zanmiller and John Hutchens's individual professional journeys, having worked together for more than 20 years to design some of the world’s most innovative space communications solutions. They’ve worked for both the military and private corporations, stateside and abroad, to cultivate the expertise that is now Cosmic AES.
Their careers began by building and launching commercial satellites for Hughes Space & Communications, highlighted by launching a satellite from the space shuttle in the mid-80s. John built two satellites — Westar 6 and Palapa — that were lost when launched off the satellite. Hughes employed the space shuttle crew to retrieve the lost satellites. They were successful and the crew had a little fun with the now famous “Satellites For Sale” photos. Carol’s first satellite was for Morelos, Mexico. The satellite was successfully launched from the space shuttle in the mid-1980s.
Carol and John have performed on-orbit health and safety payload analysis, supported ground processing, and worked with operational communities to engineer communications solutions. They also worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the world’s leading management and technology consulting firms in business development, contracts, and finance.
Their time at Hughes Space & Communications and Lockheed gave them engineering discipline and a thorough understanding of space and signals. Booz Allen Hamilton gave them deep business skills. However, neither place allowed them to work closely with the operational user and deliver innovative solutions to solve their mission needs. This is why they chose to launch Cosmic AES in 2001 — a business built around a team of experts that can respond quickly and efficiently to customers’ unique needs.
Carol Zanmiller, Chief Executive Officer, has a degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, a master's in Business Management from Boston University, and a master's in Electrical Engineering from Colorado University Boulder.
John Hutchens, President and Chief Technology Officer, has a degree in Electrical Engineering from DeVry and a master's in Business Management from Boston University.