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   Kobie Boykins
   Staff Mechanical Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California
United States Of America
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High School: Omaha Northwest High School, Omaha,  NE
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Background Information
After graduation from High School in Nebraska, I moved to upstate New York to attend college. During my time at R.P.I. I was offered a Co-op at JPL. I took the position and the cast was set. I didn’t want to work anywhere else after graduation. I took a position in the Advanced Mechanical System section and began work on all things mechanical. I worked on missions from Mars to planet Earth. I have been at the lab for a combined 8 years, and my life has been great. I am a big sports fan I played college hockey and still try to play at least once a week. I also coach ice hockey.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I worked as the Cog-E of the Solar Array structures and Mechanisms. This really means I was responsible for the design, fabrication, and build of the Solar Arrays for the Rover. I moved from this position to ATLO (Assembly, Test, and Launch Operations) engineer responsible for working with the team to build Spirit and Opportunity at Cape Canaveral, Florida. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

Don’t ever give up on your dream, I wanted to build interstellar vehicles, and now I am as close to that as possible by building vehicles that go to other planets. [more personal reflections ...]