Our Team

We at TerraRad Tech come from a wide range of backgrounds but all share a common goal for our business and society alike, one centered around sustainability 

Dr. Derek Houtz - CEO

With his PhD in Aerospace engineering, specializing in microwave remote sensing, Derek has been engaged in environmental monitoring for over a decade. Derek built the first TerraRad Tech prototypes in his lab at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).

Robert Sedin - COO

With his education and background in International Business, Robert oversees much of the daily operations. In leading the corporate development efforts, he is inspired by the market potential that our technology exhbits and the profound benefit it can have for our natural world.

Simon Bourguigne

Lead Electrical Design Engineer

Simon Bourguigne is an Electrical Engineer with almost a decade of experience in the hardware design industry. He brings the practical skill needed to turn a conceptual design into manufacturable product and be able to scale production. At Terrarad, he will be overseeing design, testing and manufacturing

Lars Horvath

Lead Product Engineer

Lars Horvath is currently completing his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at ETH. He has experience working as a Radio Frequency Design Engineer for the ARIS rocket sudent project and coordinates our collaborations with the ETH Deperatment of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (DITET).

Simon Steffen

Sustainability & marketing manager

Simon Steffen has a MSc. in Climate Science with an emphasis in economics from the Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research at the University of Bern. At TerraRad, Simon is involved on multiple fronts and works to ensure that the focus of the endeavor is never lost, we are working to create a company that is of benefit to the natural world and its finite resources. 

Strategic Advisors 

Shaen Bernhardt

Counsel and Business Development

Mr. Bernhardt holds a Bachelor of the Arts in International Relations with a concentration in Security Studies from Boston University, a Juris Doctor with concentrations in National Security Law and Securities Law from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Mr. Bernhardt has also studied International Law at the University of Florence, and International Business at the University of St. Gallen’s HSG.

Mr. Bernhardt is a founder or principal of several start-up ventures.

Hansjürg Valentin

Board Member

Hansjürg Valentin has extensive experience in company leadership, having served as the CEO and President of Valentin Pontresina AG for over 40 years. Hansjürg maintains a large network of potential investors in the Engadin valley of Graubünden, Switzerland..

Dr. Mike Schwank

Chief Scientific Advisor

Chief Scientific Advisor