Dr. Joel Hurowitz Advisory Board

Dr. Hurowitz is a geochemist and planetary scientist working at the forefront of the exploration of Mars and the Solar System. Specializing in understanding the processes of sedimentary rock formation and evolution, Dr. Hurowitz has worked extensively on the ongoing Mars Exploration Rover mission, launched in 2003, and the more recent Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover mission, which was launched in 2012. Dr. Hurowitz has played a variety of key roles on these missions from scientist, to rover instrument design and operations specialist, to science and engineering operations team leader.

Dr. Hurowitz is the Deputy Principal Investigator of one of the 7 instruments recently selected for the science payload of the Mars 2020 Rover mission (out of nearly 60 submitted proposals), which is expected to operate on Mars at least through the year 2023. This instrument, called “PIXL”, for “Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry”, is a micro-focus X-ray fluorescence instrument that will produce high-fidelity maps of the distribution and abundance of chemical elements within rocks and soils at the Mars 2020 rover landing site.

Dr. Hurowitz has held positions at such prestigious institutions as the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL, 2007-2013), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech, 2006-2007), and most recently, the Department of Geosciences at Stony Brook University where he has joined the faculty as an assistant professor (tenure-track). Dr. Hurowitz continues to work extensively with JPL on the MSL and PIXL projects. Over the course of his ~10 year Ph.D. and post-graduate career, Dr. Hurowitz has authored or co-authored 50 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, including papers in such high profile journals as Science, Nature, and Nature-Geosciences.