Shannon McConnell: NASA Rocket Scientist
Shannon works for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and served as the Deep Space Network Public Engagement Manager.
Shannon has been introducing students to the excitement of space exploration since 1998. She has led the Galileo Outreach Team, the Cassini Formal Education Team, and the Deep Space Network Education and Public Outreach Office.
Before her work in outreach and education, Shannon worked mission planning and design for the Cassini Spacecraft, Sequence design and execution for the Galileo Mission, and Data Analysis for the Magellan Mission. Shannon also spent 1993-1994 working payload operations for 2 Space Shuttle Flights managed by JPL.
Shannon holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Astronomy and Environmental Engineering (University of Southern California) as well as being a Committee Chair for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Her professional affiliations include membership in the National Association of Interpretation, National Science Teachers Association, and National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics. Shannon is also a current member of the Board of Trustees for Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, California.
Shannon has travelled to 50 countries on all 7 continents and is always on the lookout for a new adventure. Shannon lives in Altadena, California.