Carol Zanmiller, P.E., Chair
CEO, Cosmic Advanced Engineered Solutions
Carol Zanmiller is co-founder & CEO of Cosmic Advanced Engineered Solutions, Inc. (Cosmic AES) starting the business in 2001. Cosmic AES specializes in rapid prototyping with a unique ability to get systems to the field giving warfighters the capabilities they need. We started Cosmic AES to take what we learned from careers in large aerospace companies and use our signals and space expertise to build innovative solutions with the engineering discipline standards of large businesses, but faster.
A self-described geek, Carol is a small business owner and engineer who is committed to injecting innovation and speed into delivering new mission capability. She has spent the last 20 years growing a talent pool of engineers and veterans with operational experience that solve mission problems, She is currently most passionate about advocating for how a coalition of small businesses together can give the Space Force community new ways to think about innovation and system acquisition.
Prior to founding Cosmic AES, Carol gained engineering experience in the Space Industry working for large aerospace companies (Hughes Space & Communications, Lockheed, Booz Allen & Hamilton) working defense, intelligence, commercial and international space projects. She has worked all phases of system life cycle management. From her 10+ years in operations, she saw the operator’s frustration in getting the wrong solutions after long waits. She has used this experience to try and shape future system delivery and the importance of including operational stakeholders in the acquisition.
Carol has a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Science, Electrical Engineering / Telecommunications from University of Colorado, Boulder. She also has a Master of Science in Business from Boston University.