Karolyn Evans was born in Illinois and went to school in Minnesota (Bethany Lutheran College), Arizona (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) and Colorado (Denver University). She received her Aerospace Engineering Degree (BS) in December of 2001 and started working at a major aerospace corporation in Marietta, Georgia the following spring. She worked in the Structural Loads and Criteria organization on the next generation stealth fighter. In the winter of 2003, she moved with her husband to Denver, Colorado and worked on various proposal projects for Earth orbiting communication satellites. She was also given the opportunity to once again to work on another international stealth fighter.
Karolyn attended Denver University and received a degree in Mechatronics/System Engineering (MS) in August 2010.
Karolyn is currently working on the new Mars program, MAVEN, which will launch in 2013 and the OSIRIS-REx mission that will launch in 2016 to a near Earth asteroid. The MAVEN program will explore the Mars atmosphere and find answers to the age old question â€œwhat happen to it and can it happen to Earth?â€
Outside of work she enjoys engaging in outreach programs local-area high schools. In her free time, she enjoys the company of her husband, their Labrador retriever and her martial arts.