Shannon Schmoll is the director of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University. She has a joint PhD in astronomy and science education from the University of Michigan. She completed a certificate in Museum Studies which included a 3-month internship at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago where she worked on exhibit content development, exhibit design, and creating materials for educators. She also worked for a year as a STEM education specialist at the Field Museum in Chicago. She is currently the research lead for the Big Astronomy Project and education chair for the International Planetarium Society.