- geoscientist, engineering generalist, angel investor
- expertise in remote sensing (patents pending) & embedded vision
- solved the century-old problem of auroral discrimination based on physical driving mechanism
- technology rights and geoscience outreach
- in the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- award-winning STEM educator
How Dr. Hirsch might help your efforts through SciVision, Inc.
- bringing RF systems and remote sensing (radar, optical) expertise to your biomedical, transportation, humanitarian-tech or civil project
- accelerating pathways from appropriately-scoped forward model to fielded system: for geospace and geoscience research, and for corporate/startups/government
- bringing software engineering and data analysis best principles in a practical manner to enhance your workflow speed and accuracy
- participating as an outside expert for design review, expert witness or pre-money planning and prototyping (whether research grants or startups)
As a governmental example, Dr. Hirsch works with public safety and transportation entities on their wireless infrastructure, whether in modeling upgrades, solving coverage problems or helping write RFPs and reviewing responses. As an independent voice of experience, Dr. Hirsch helps police, fire, EMS, transit and other public agencies as they maintain and transition from legacy analog radio and data systems to broadband digital networks, including FirstNet. Recalling life experiences growing up on the farm nurturing sheep and cattle by hand, Dr. Hirsch also reaches out to agricultural operations from farmers to companies working with and for agricultural advancement as we struggle to feed more with less.
PhD in Electrical Engineering
advised by Joshua Semeter with the Boston University Center for Space Physics, where Michael developed novel ionospheric remote sensing system techniques via optical tomography, radar, and radio instruments. The kickoff to Michael’s PhD research was an AFOSR-funded study on multiscale (temporal and spatial) features in the aurora. The lessons learned from this system built confidence in the field deployment of a two-camera auroral tomography system to the Poker Flat Research Range near Fairbanks, Alaska. The next generation three-station system with ancillary receivers is nearing deployment, built by the Boston University Science Instrumentation Facility team including Glenn Thayer and Heitor Mourato.
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
from Boston University in the Space Physics: Remote Sensing & Instrumentation Track.
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (High Honors)
- developed harmonic radar and antennas half the size and 85% less cost v. US Patent # 7,145,453
- designed and demonstrated the first coffee-can radar for $35
- President of the Eta Kappa Nu (Electrical Engineering Honors Society) Gamma Zeta chapter
- Communications Chair of the Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honors Society) MI Alpha chapter
- President of the MSU Amateur Radio Club
- Dean’s List with 3.95 final graduation GPA
- top 1% commendations from his research advisers
Michael reaches out on multiple social platforms on life lessons learned from bootstrapping from childhood poverty to becoming an investor and philanthropist before age 25. No matter what age or location, each individual has sparks of individuality and talent that can inspire others, elevate oneself and build for the betterment of the world. Individuals with grave and profound disabilities have been featured in major films, created podcasts broadcast on actual radio networks, and given TED talks. In almost every situation, there are definable steps and a pathway to make dramatic improvements in one’s realization of their potential. In some cases, yes this could lead over a decade to a dramatic change in fortune. In other cases, it may mean better relationships and better sense of self worth and potential realization.
It all starts with empathy and reaching out to give a hand up to others. Michael has been giving back his whole life, mentoring since elementary school in programming/software engineering, mathematics, and electronics. From childhood in the Midwest, Michael refurbished and resold discarded/unwanted electronics, giving the base revenue stream to become an early investor in rural wireless internet. In his teens, added to his mentoring repertoire were electrical and RF engineering, and systems engineering. From a successful exit in his early twenties and as an SEC-accredited investor, Michael went back to college, earning a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Michael invests in humanitarian efforts, whether via traditional startup investments, mentoring, consulting, or by sponsoring (financial & time) research efforts in medicine and geoscience.
Early Prototyping Philosophy
Whether in a consultant, scientist or due diligence role, it is very important to make an early representative prototype to discover problems the forward model misses. This system may lack in performance, but the experienced experimentalist will intuitively understand these limits and charge ahead to the early result that pivot as early as possible in the process. These rough and ready prototypes will be displayed with pride when you invite Series B potentials or program managers to your office.
I have applied these techniques numerous times to:
- help companies pivot away from a completely unworkable design vs. their chosen immutable parameters
- for early pivots, leapfrog valuation because the biggest issues were discovered and hammered out (or at least quantified) pre-money.
Whether you’re pitching to the National Science Foundation or the sharks, you want the confidence and ability to sail confidently through technical due diligence / grant review because you did early and many sanity checks, with model/hardware in the loop. You will have a more accurate technical development schedule and resource allocation forecast. You will avoid having your employees / Ph.D. students going 18 months down a dead-end route because “Matlab said it would work”.