Elon Musk’s SpaceX has made an intriguing new hire: a 14-year-old Bangladeshi-American child who recently graduated from Santa Clara University as the youngest student ever.
Kairan Quazi proclaimed his new position on LinkedIn last week, stating that he would shortly be joining “the coolest company.”
“A huge thank you to my team at SpaceX for the most transparent, technically challenging, and fun interview process,” Quazi wrote in a Thursday LinkedIn post, according to Fortune. “I am packing my rain boots and ready for July!”
Next month, he will join SpaceX’s Starlink team in Washington state as a software engineer.
Quazi was scheduled to receive a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from SCU on Saturday.
This makes him the school’s youngest graduate and one of the few students in the United States to graduate college at the age of 14.
According to the Mercury News, Quazi attended Las Positas Community College before transferring to SCU. At the age of 10, he was granted an apprenticeship as an AI research co-op fellow at Intel Labs.
In an interview with Mercury News, Quazi stated that before applying to SpaceX, he was rejected by 95 companies and only received three full-time job offers.
He thanked SpaceX for not rejecting him because of his age, which he told Fortune is “an arbitrary and outdated proxy for maturity and ability.”
Meanwhile, LinkedIn has expunged his profile because Quazi does not satisfy the platform’s minimum age requirement.
“We’re excited by your enthusiasm, energy and focus. We can’t wait to see what you do in the world,” LinkedIn said in an Instagram post shared by Quazi.
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“Because you currently do not meet the age eligibility criteria to join, we have restricted your account. You are welcome back on the platform once you turn 16 or older,” the message read. CONTINUE READING…