Carolyn holds a B. S. in Human Factors from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. After graduation, Carolyn worked as a training consultant at Quantum Improvements Consulting, LLC. She also completed an internship at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego, as a human factors engineer/user-centered designer. During her time as an undergrad she collaborated with 2 teams of students, serving as an executive officer on 2 rotations of student expeditions to the Mars Desert Research Station. Carolyn also observed mission operations and communication delays during a NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) rotation in Fall 2014. She has presented at several regional and national conferences, including the annual meetings of the Southeastern Psychological Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the International Space Station Research and Development Conference. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to Foo Fighters, hula-hooping, and is an avid participant in food-eating contests. At UND, she is working with Dr. Pablo de Leon and Dr. Vadim Rygalov to study human performance in extreme environments. She is very excited to be in the Space Studies program.