Two decades and change ago, DAVID CARROLL walked away from a good job in a world-renowned department at the university where he’d earned three degrees to become the first full-time employee of a startup he co-founded.
Regrets? Not a one.
“It has been all of wonderful, difficult, exhilarating, challenging, stimulating, frustrating, joyous, agonizing and provided me with 23 years of relatively stable work,” he says.
Carroll, who still serves as an informal co-advisor for UI aerospace engineering students, heads up CU Aerospace, a north Champaign-based LLC that identifies and develops new aerospace technologies.
The recipient of the 2021 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Plasmadynamics and Lasers Award took time out to to answer a few questions from Editor Jeff D’Alessio in the 71st installment of our weekly speed read spotlighting leaders of organizations big and small.
Full Interview can be found here.