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Kairan Quazi: A 14-year-old Boy Set to Join SpaceX as an Engineer

Quazi enrolled at SCU when he was 11 after beginning at Las Positas Community College

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Sadaf Hasan
Sadaf Hasan
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UNITED STATES: Kairan Quazi, a native of the Bay Area, is an exceptional 14-year-old who will graduate from Santa Clara University (SCU) as its youngest student in school history next week.

On June 17, Quazi will graduate from SCU with a degree in computer science and engineering. He won his first job as a software developer for SpaceX, starting next month.

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Quazi was born in Pleasanton, a city in California. His parents say that at the age of two, he was speaking in complete sentences.

Quazi said that it became quite clear to his teachers, parents, and paediatrician by the third grade that normal education wasn’t the best course for his rapid learning capacity

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Both his IQ and emotional intelligence were regarded as extraordinarily bright. Quazi enrolled at SCU when he was 11 after beginning at Las Positas Community College when he was nine years old. If you ask him, he’ll say his time in college was generally typical.

Quazi stated that there was nothing to compare it to in order to claim that it was different. As per the 14 year old, but he truly enjoyed it and he made a lot of good friends. He believes that after a few days, the novelty of him being there will wore off.

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Quazi was a stem tutor at Las Positas at one time and quickly rose to the top of the list of often-asked tutors. Higher education was fulfilling for the young mastermind.

Quazi remarked, “I went from being a third-grade mutineer to really feeling validated intellectually.”

He had already begun working at Intel Labs as the lone undergraduate intern on his team by the time he transferred to SCU. Quazi feels grateful that his leaders have given him a chance to see beyond his age.

According to Quazi, he believes there is a common belief that he is missing out on childhood, but he doesn’t believe that to be the case. He believes that this kind of thinking would result in him graduating middle school right away, and he does not believe that it is reasonable for someone who is able to take challenging graduate electives to work in a prestigious co-op.

“I am joining SpaceX as a software engineer. I don’t think it makes sense that I would be trapped or that anyone whose abilities are beyond that would be trapped,” said Quazi.

Quazi received praise from the Santa Clara City Council on Tuesday for both his previous and upcoming accomplishments.

Raj Chahal, a member of the city council, applauded Kairan and his family, who have allowed him to grow in this manner. Raj also praised companies like SpaceX and Intel, which essentially went above and beyond to ensure that this thing happened.

Currently, Quazi and his mother share a Santa Clara flat. In July, they will relocate to Washington State as he joins the Starlink team at SpaceX.

Speaking about his support in his journey, Quazi said that his journey would not have been possible without the help of prominent people and positions of power—again, going beyond his age, he would say his mother.

He went on to say that she’s been his rock during this entire experience, and he understands how difficult it’s been for her as well. He remarked that once more, she is uprooting her life to follow him to Washington. He also stated that he will be eternally grateful to his mother.

1,598 undergraduate students will graduate from SCU on Saturday, June 17. This event marks SCU’s 172nd graduation ceremony.

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