BY: Michelle Liew
If there is a principle that Malaysians tend to live by, it is to never forget your humble beginnings. Fakhirah Khairuddin, an alumni of MARA Junior Science College (MRSM), recently had her success celebrated on social media as she landed a job at Tesla after pursuing her studies at a prestigious university in the United States.
Dr Zulkifli Hussain published a post on August 6, detailing Fakhirah’s success and her humble beginnings at MRSM Ulul Albab in Kota Putra Terengganu. There is no doubt that Fakhirah was a bright student as she received a scholarship from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) to further her studies at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).
FAKHIRAH KHAIRUDDIN BEKAS PELAJAR MRSM KOTA PUTRA (ULUL ALBAB) : JURUTERA DI TESLA USA
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Fakhirah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering before receiving yet another scholarship to pursue a Master’s Degree. Her outstanding achievements have drawn the attention of MARA to Dr Zulkifli’s post, applauding Fakhirah for her impeccable success.
Tech enthusiast Richard Ker, who is also the Vice President at the Aerodyne Group in Malaysia, lauded Fakhirah for her extensive technical experience and achievements, highlighting that she managed to land a job at Tesla. The famous electronic car company, with Elon Musk as its current CEO, is voted as the most attractive employer for US engineering students. As such, this is a major opportunity for Fakhirah.
Apart from her stellar academic credentials, Fakhirah has great work experience as well, according to Ker’s post. She worked as a Propulsion Development Engineer at the University of California, where she wrote Matlab codes to study heat conduction of a rocket engine. She also won first place in the Northrop Grumman System Engineering Challenge 2019, competing with 50 other teams. Her winning project was a robotic arm that she designed and programmed.
Fakhirah was a team lead and spearheaded the research and development of a Hexacopter Project with UCSD. Furthermore, she designed a quadcopter, sensor casing, and landing gear on Solidworks, demonstrating new concepts through 3D print testing, and improved the designs through iterations.
Ker’s post gained wide outreach and even caught the eye of Fakhirah herself. She thanked Ker for mentioning her success.
“Hi, Richard Ker. It is an absolute honor to be featured in your post. I appreciate you for going above and beyond,” she wrote.
Fakhirah’s achievements is an inspiration for fellow Malaysians to keep on working hard to achieve their dreams. Congratulations Fakhirah!