Kairan Quazi, a 14-year-old prodigy who graduated from college at 11, has landed a job as a software engineer at SpaceX.
He will be working on the Starlink project, which aims to provide high-speed, low-latency internet access to remote and rural areas around the world using a constellation of thousands of satellites in low Earth orbit.
Quazi impressed SpaceX with his technical skills and enthusiasm during the interview process, which he described as “technically challenging” and “fun”. He is the youngest person ever to join SpaceX, one of the most innovative and ambitious aerospace companies in the world.
“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 One of the rare companies that did not use my age as an arbitrary and outdated proxy for maturity and ability,” he wrote on LinkedIn.
Quazi, who lives in Pleasanton, California, will be moving to Redmond, Washington with his mother to start his new role at SpaceX. He has been passionate about computer science and engineering since he was 11 years old, when he enrolled at Santa Clara University and earned his degree in computer science and engineering this month.
Quazi’s remarkable journey started when he was two years old and could speak in complete sentences. By kindergarten, he was telling his friends and teachers about news stories he had heard on the radio. He is excited to use his talents to help SpaceX achieve its vision of sending humans to Mars.