Dr. Mariel Borowitz

Mariel Borowitz is an Associate Professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and head of the Nunn School Program on International Affairs, Science, and Technology. Her research deals with international space policy issues, focusing particularly on global developments related to remote sensing satellites and challenges to space security and sustainability. Her book, “Open Space: The Global Effort for Open Access to Environmental Satellite Data,” published by MIT Press, examines trends in the development of data sharing policies governing Earth observing satellites, as well as interactions with the growing commercail remote sensing sector. Her work has been published in Science, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Space Policy, Astropolitics, and New Space. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Dr. Borowitz completed a detail as a policy analyst for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC from 2016 to 2018. In 2022, she testified to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics in a hearing titled, “Space Situational Awareness: Guiding the Transition to a Civil Capability.”

Dr. Borowitz earned a PhD in Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a Masters degree in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Education:

  • PhD, University of Maryland, School of Public Policy
  • MA, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Space Policy Institute
  • SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Minor in Applied International Studies

Awards and Distinctions:

  • Georgia Tech Teaching Fellowship Mentor Award, GTRC Strategic Grant, 2017
  • Research Honorarium, Program on Strategic Stability Evaluation (POSSE), 2016
  • European Commission Travel Grant to attend “The Climate Symposium 2014” in Darmstadt, Germany, 2014
  • Yamamoto Fund, University of Maryland Center for International Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), 2013