SpaceX has welcomed its youngest employee to date.
Kairan Quazi, a 14-year-old software engineering prodigy, announced on LinkedIn that he would be joining SpaceX's Starlink engineering team.
Quazi's achievement is even more impressive considering that he successfully passed the company's "technically challenging" and "fun" interview process, proving his exceptional skills and talent.
Sharing his excitement, Quazi wrote, "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 One of the rare companies that did not use my age as an arbitrary and outdated proxy for maturity and ability."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 announcement came shortly before his graduation from Santa Clara University's school of engineering.
Quazi's journey towards this achievement began at an early age. By the time he was two years old, he could speak in complete sentences, and in kindergarten, he amazed his peers and teachers with his knowledge of current news stories. Seeking greater academic challenges, Quazi's parents helped him enroll in a California community college when he was just nine years old, where he felt he could learn at his true potential.
At age 11, Kwasi transferred to Santa Clara University to study computer science and engineering. His outstanding abilities led him to internships at prestigious organizations such as Intel Labs and the cyberintelligence company Blackbird.AI.
Despite his extraordinary accomplishments, Quazi remains grounded and dismisses the notion of missing out on childhood experiences. He believes he is fulfilling his potential and challenging himself intellectually. He wrote on his LinkedIn:
It is my dream to have a career tackling challenging issues and effecting radical innovation in service of the common good.