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Malaysian landing Tesla job as robotics instructor

Fakhirah Khairuddin, an alumni of MARA Junior Science College (MRSM) who went to study at a prestigious university in the US before landing a job at Tesla.

Recently, Fakhirah’s success was celebrated by netizens after her journey was made known to the public on Facebook.

In a post published on 6 August, netizen Dr Zulkifli Hussain highlighted her success, sharing that Fakhirah has a humble beginning at MRSM Ulul Albab, located in Kota Putra, Terengganu.

Upon her graduation, it is learnt that she received a scholarship from Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) to study at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering before getting another scholarship from the university to pursue a Master’s Degree.

Dr Zulkifli’s post eventually garnered MARA’s attention. The government agency lauded and congratulated Fakhirah for her achievements.

She is now living in Fremont, California, and working as a technical training robotics engineering instructor at Tesla.

According to tech enthusiast Richard Ker — who is also the vice president at Aerodyne Group in Malaysia — Fakhirah is said to have extensive technical experience that helped her land a job at the electronic car company, voted as the most attractive employer for US engineering students.

Here are some of Fakhirah’s credentials as shared by Ker:
– 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 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.
– She was a team lead and spearheaded the research and development of a Hexacopter Project with UCSD.
– She designed a quadcopter, sensor casing, and landing gear on Solidworks; demonstrated new concepts through 3D print testing, and improved the designs through iterations.


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