Hello! My name is Kenny Roffo, and I am a Software Engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I am currently working on activity modeling for the InSight Mars Lander, set to Launch on May 5, 2017. Before coming to JPL, I earned a Bachelors of Science at SUNY Oswego completing three majors: Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science. Some of the notable things I did during my college career include:

  • Astrophysics research of RR Lyrae variable stars at Delhi University in India (Summer 2014)
  • Software Engineering internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Summer 2015)
  • Asteroseismology research of the red giant branch bump at Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Summer 2016) Poster
  • Mathematics research on Rubik’s Cube and other twisty puzzles, including inventing my own puzzle, pictured on the right above. This was for my Honors Thesis at SUNY Oswego. (Fall 2015 - Fall 2016)

When I’m not at work, I spend time with my lovely girlfriend, Nina, and work towards achieving a set of personal goals for myself. Some of these goals include:

  • Improve my skills at playing guitar
  • Learn how to record and master music
  • Work on personal coding projects, including a video game I’m working on called Wilson

Since graduating college, I have tried to be organized about my goals, and I am making sure to work towards reaching them every day. However, I still need some time to relax, so I have some hobbies for fun as well! As you may have gathered, I enjoy playing guitar. I also like to play video games with friends or by myself; However the most interesting hobby of mine is collecting and solving Rubik’s cubes! I have around 100 Rubik’s cube-like puzzles, including one which I personally invented and 3D printed for a research project in college. The Roffo Cube is pictured below.