Reformed Rocket Scientist, World Traveler, STEM Program Consultant
Shannon has been introducing students to the excitement of space exploration since 1998. Working with NASA, 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 NASA 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.
In addition to exploring space, Shannon is a passionate traveler. She has visited over 60 countries, 10 sovereign territories, and all 50 US States. Her travels have taken her to all 7 continents, across both the Arctic and Antarctic Circles, through the African Serengeti, and across Europe, among other places. She loves sharing her passion for travel through her blog and website Corners of the Globe.
Aside from her travel writing, Shannon has penned numerous technical articles for NASA along with current event opinion pieces, STEM education articles, and even a full-length novel.
Shannon holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Astronomy and Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California as well as being a Committee Chair for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for Don Bosco Technical Institute, a Project-based STEM focused high school in Rosemead, California.