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Shawn Quinn
Vehicle Integration and Launch Integrated Product Team Manager
Ground Systems Development and Operations Program


Shawn Quinn is the vehicle integration and launch integrated product team (VIL IPT) manager at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (GSDO). The VIL IPT is responsible for the operations and development of systems at Kennedy's Launch Complex 39, including the launch pads, mobile launcher, crawler transporter and Vehicle Assembly Building. As manager of the IPT, Quinn oversees the overall planning and implementation of modifications of Launch Complex 39 systems to support the processing and launch of the Space Launch System and Orion spacecraft.

Prior to his assignment in GSDO, Quinn was chief of the Lunar Systems Division in Kennedy's Constellation Project Office. He was responsible for development of operations concepts and systems to support ground processing and launch of NASA's lunar spacecraft including landers and surface systems planned for future human and robotic missions. In this capacity, he had oversight for lunar-phase architecture planning for Kennedy in support of the Lunar Capability Concept Review. Prior to his assignment in the Constellation Project Office, he was the requirements and operations manager in the Kennedy Exploration Office.

Early in his career, Quinn designed computer hardware and developed real-time command, control and simulation systems in support of space shuttle launch operations. Over the next few years, he led several shuttle launch processing system upgrade projects. He was selected as shuttle processing chief for the Ground, Command and Data Systems Branch in 1999, where he was responsible for command and control systems in the shuttle Launch Control Center and at Launch Complex 39. In 2002, he served as a project manager in the Biological Sciences Office where he contributed to the development of strategic plans in the area of bio-regenerative life support systems. In 2003, he was selected as the deputy manager of the Orbital Space Plane Operations and Integration Office at Kennedy.

Quinn first joined NASA in 1985 in the Engineering Cooperative Education Program at Kennedy while studying for his degree in electrical engineering. As an undergraduate, he also assisted in the development of computer vision systems at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1990 from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a master's in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. In 2006, he was selected for the NASA Massachusetts Institute of Technology Accelerated Leadership Fellowship and entered the MIT System Design and Management Program. He completed the program in 2008 with a master's degree in engineering and management.

Quinn has received several awards during his NASA career, including the Kennedy Space Center Strategic Leadership Award, NASA Silver Snoopy Award, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, and Spaceflight Awareness Award for Technical Leadership. He is also the recipient of several Group Achievement Awards for contributions to the Space Shuttle Program, development of technology for Integrated Vehicle Health Management Systems, Lunar Architecture Studies and Lunar Lander Studies.

March 2012

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