14-year-old Kairan Quazi becomes the youngest engineer at Elon Musk's SpaceX

Quazi said that SpaceX was one of the rare companies that did not use his age as an "arbitrary and outdated proxy for maturity and ability".
Sejal Sharma
Kairan Quazi.
Kairan Quazi.

Kairan Quazi/Instagram 

At 14, Kairan Quazi is the youngest employee at SpaceX. He will soon be joining the Starlink engineering team as a software engineer, announced the teenager in a LinkedIn post.

“I will be joining the coolest company on the planet…,” said the post. “One of the rare companies that did not use my age as an arbitrary and outdated proxy for maturity and ability.”

Quazi will soon be graduating from Santa Clara University and making a move from California to Washington state in July to join SpaceX’s Starlink team in Redmond, according to the Seattle Times.

His LinkedIn profile reads: "It is my dream to have a career tackling challenging issues and effecting radical innovation in service of the common good. In addition to being fluent in multiple programming languages and frameworks, I am an avid reader and current affairs junkie."

The 14-year-old prodigy was enrolled in a Mathematics degree when he was nine

Quazi was speaking full sentences when he was just two years old. His genius was recognized when he turned nine and found his schoolwork to be too easy. He mentions in his post that Las Positas College, a local community college in Livermore, California, enrolled him in a full time Associate of Science (Mathematics) degree at the age of nine.

In his journey to attain early access to transformational leadership, as Quazi calls it, he landed an internship with Intel Labs, a technology research organization. With a focus on generative artificial intelligence (AI), Quazi said that the internship changed his career trajectory.

“Lama [Intel Labs] recognized that outlier circumstances demanded outlier access to influential mentors and challenging opportunities. In a sea of so many "no's" by Silicon Valley's most vaunted companies, that ONE leader saying "yes"...one door opening...changed everything,” he wrote in the post.

In an Instagram post dated April 19, Quazi posted a photo mentioning that he was preparing for a ‘major job interview.’ A follow up post was uploaded on May 9 announcing that he got the SpaceX job, attaching a screenshot of an email he got from the Elon Musk-led company.

In an email response to the Los Angeles Times, Quazi joked that we would “show up in head to toe SpaceX merch” on his first day at work. “I’ll be a walking commercial! Joking aside, I’ll probably wear jeans and a t-shirt so I can be taken seriously as an engineer,” he added.

Starlink, a subsidiary of SpaceX, is a satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit to deliver broadband internet.

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