Since co-founding the project in 2012, which became the company in 2014, with Pekka Laurila, Rafal Modrzewski is responsible for overseeing the organization’s growth and implementing ICEYE’s overall vision. Modrzewski brings with him deep domain expertise in engineering through his years as a researcher.
Prior to co-founding ICEYE, Modrzewski researched innovative products at VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) in the RFID and wireless sensing group. He attended Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, where he studied Electrical Engineering and co-founded the Multimedia Technologies Science Group. Modrzewski continued his studies in Radio Science and Engineering at Aalto University where he led the on-board data handling team working on Aalto-1, Finland’s flagship satellite project.
As CSO, Laurila has been instrumental in establishing and directing the company’s strategy, and previously as CFO, raising the initial $20M funds for ICEYE. Laurila joined forces with ICEYE Co-founder Rafal Modrzewski to create synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) microsatellites to solve various large scale issues the world faces, including those related to the melting ice caps, ice monitoring, agricultural issues, and analytics focused on Earth observation.
Prior to co-founding ICEYE, Laurila played an instrumental role in Finland’s Aalto University Nanosatellite Program Aalto-1, where he studied as a student of the Engineering and Geoinformation Systems program.
As the CEO of ICEYE US, Jerry Welsh leads a team focused on deploying capital to scale operations and serve the needs of US customers. Welsh is planning to expand teams on the East and West Coasts, create US production facilities and develop a US satellite operations center.
Jerry Welsh is an operations and technology expert with more than 25 years of experience in the finance and technology sectors who specializes in scale-up strategy and serves as an advisor on artificial intelligence for venture capital firms. Prior to becoming the ICEYE US CEO, Jerry Welsh has been working as COO/CFO at ICEYE since 2017, and recently oversaw the completion of ICEYE’s $87 million Series C financing.
ICEYE has more than 20 of the world's best small satellite engineering and satellite data business advisors involved in decision-making. Their expertise is always highly valued at ICEYE, where it meets dynamic in-house team capabilities to drive success.