The latest recruit at Elon musk’s SpaceX is a software engineer who passed its “technically challenging” and “fun” interview process.
What’s different about Kairan Quazi is that he’s just 14 years old.
He said in a LinkedIn post on Thursday: “I will be joining the coolest company on the planet as a software engineer on the Starlink engineering team. One of the rare companies that did not use my age as an arbitrary and outdated proxy for maturity and ability.”
The post came shortly before his graduation from Santa Clara University’s school of engineering, becoming the youngest person to do so, the Seattle Times reported. He’s planning to make the move from Pleasanton, California with his mother to start work at SpaceX in Redmond, Washington, per the report.
Quazi’s extraordinary journey started at the age of two, when he could speak in complete sentences. By kindergarten he was telling other kids and teachers about news stories he’d heard on the radio, according to the Los Angeles Times.
After finding that his schoolwork wasn’t challenging enough in the third grade, aged 9, his parents helped him enroll at a community college in California, per the report.
“I felt like I was learning at the level that I was meant to learn,” he told the LA Times.
That same year he was placed in the 99.9th percentile of the general population in an IQ test, his family told BrainGain magazine.
Last year he spent four months as a machine learning intern at cyber intelligence firm Blackbird.AI, according to his LinkedIn profile. He helped design an “anomaly detection statistical learning pipeline” to flag if social media content has been manipulated, according to his profile.
Quazi told ABC7 News: “I think there’s a conventional mindset that I’m missing out on childhood, but I don’t think that’s true. I think, again, that mindset would have me graduating middle school now.”
The individual mentioned in the context has expressed their fulfillment of landing a job at Starlink, which aligns with their aspiration to pursue a career focused on addressing complex problems and driving significant innovation for the betterment of society.
As stated in their LinkedIn biography, they hold a deep passion for tackling challenging issues and contributing to the common good.
Joining Starlink, with its mission to provide widespread internet access and bridge the digital divide, allows them to fulfill their dream of making a meaningful impact through their work. It reflects their commitment to leveraging their skills and expertise in a role that aligns with their personal and professional ambitions.
Starlink, the satellite internet service developed by SpaceX, expanded its operations to Nigeria in January, marking its entry into the African market. With its constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit, Starlink aims to provide high-speed, reliable internet access to remote and underserved areas.
This move demonstrates SpaceX’s commitment to bridging the digital divide and bringing connectivity to regions that have traditionally faced challenges in accessing quality internet services.
The introduction of Starlink in Nigeria is expected to unlock new opportunities for education, commerce, and communication, empowering individuals and businesses across the country.
Starlink, a satellite internet service launched by SpaceX, made its debut in Nigeria in January. By leveraging a constellation of satellites in low Earth orbit, Starlink aims to provide fast and dependable internet connectivity to areas lacking reliable infrastructure.
This move is a significant step towards addressing the digital divide in Africa, particularly in remote and underserved regions.
The introduction of Starlink in Nigeria opens up avenues for improved access to education, e-commerce, telecommunication, and various online services. It has the potential to revolutionize connectivity in the country, empowering individuals, businesses, and communities to thrive in the digital age.
Insider reached out to Starlink for comment, but the company did not provide an immediate response. The request was made outside of regular working hours, which could explain the delayed response.
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