14-year old Bangladeshi-American boy joins SpaceX as youngest employee

  • June 12, 2023

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Source: The Daily Star

Kairan Quazi, a 14-year-old software developer of Bangladeshi-American origin, has joined Elon Musk’s SpaceX as the company’s youngest employee.

Quazi shared his achievement on LinkedIn, exuding excitement at the idea of joining the Starlink engineering team, which he proudly referred to as the “coolest company on the planet.” SpaceX’s cutting-edge satellite internet service is represented by Starlink.

“I am overjoyed to embark on this journey as a software engineer with the revered Starlink engineering team at the world’s coolest company,” Quazi wrote on LinkedIn. Unlike many others, SpaceX’s refusal to evaluate my merit based on my age is absolutely astounding.

Kairan Quazi, the son of Bangladeshi parents Mustahid and Julia Quazi, stunned people around him at the age of two by speaking in whole sentences—an early indication of his high intellect, according to the Los Angeles Times.

When Quazi was nine years old, he apparently found the conventional school curriculum to be a “lackluster challenge” for his advanced ability. Only a few months later, he landed an internship at Intel Labs as an AI research co-op fellow. Quazi began formal studies in computer science and engineering at the age of 11.

Quazi’s skills were put to work in 2022 during a four-month internship as a machine learning intern with the cyber intelligence startup Blackbird.AI. According to his LinkedIn profile, one of his accomplishments was the creation of a “anomaly detection statistical learning pipeline” to detect instances of social media content manipulation. Quazi is preparing to become Santa Clara University’s youngest-ever graduate as he prepares to graduate from the School of Engineering.

Earlier this year, the 14-year-old documented his preparations for a big job interview on Instagram. He enthusiastically tweeted a screenshot of the job acceptance letter he received from SpaceX a few weeks later.