Shawn Carroll is a graduate student at the University of Colorado at Boulder in Aerospace Engineering Sciences. Shawn grew up in Longmont, Colorado and has always had a passion for space and building things. Not sure exactly what he wanted to do with life, although it should have been obvious, Shawn completed two years of school at a community college in general education classes. In 2006 Shawn transferred to CU and began pursuing his education in aerospace engineering. During his first semester at CU, Shawn was enrolled in Chris Koehler’s Gateway to Space class, which introduced him to high altitude balloon payloads and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. In the spring, Shawn took leadership of a high altitude balloon payload testing hardware for Space Grant’s CubeSat, Hermes. The program was rather successful, and Shawn moved on to manage a sounding rocket program at Space Grant. After one semester as the Project Manager of RocketSat, Shawn was offered the unique position to orchestrate and manage COSGC’s first hands-on sounding rocket workshop, RockOn. The first year was a phenomenal success and lead to the development of the RockSat-C program to offer students low-cost access to space via sounding rockets at Wallops Flight Facility. Under Shawn’s management in 2009 and 2010, the RockOn and RockSat-C program continued to flourish, and Shawn is currently managing COSGCs newest endeavor to put student hardware in space, RockSat-X.