Zahra Khan
Zahra Khan
Assistant Project Engineer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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I'm an aerospace engineer with a Bachelors degree from Carleton University in Canada and a Masters degree from MIT. My areas of interest are space system engineering, sustainable space exploration and atmospheric flight mechanics. After graduate school, I worked for several years in air traffic control research. Currently, I work at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research as an Assistant Project Engineer where I'm working on a space telescope that will search for exoplanets.

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  • Sarah LeClair asked Zahra Khan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Added Monday, February 6, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    I adore science and research, and I aspire to be a top engineer in astrophysics/aerospace. I am quite worried about the college process though, and I would love to get advice from such a successful engineer! I hope to go to a great university that fits my needs, such as MIT or Brown, to study astrophysics. But if I am not accepted, or cannot afford the tuition, would going to a less well known/non-ivy league college hurt my chances of becoming an engineer? Are students from those colleges more ...
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    Zahra Khan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Answered Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 2:55 PM
    Hi Sarah,
    My apologies for the late response. I'm just seeing this now. 
    The short answer is you'll be able to get a job as an aerospace engineer with degrees from various schools. So I wouldn't worry too much. Just try to your best to go to a school ...
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  • Ann, St. Augustine, Florida asked Zahra Khan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Added Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12:43 AM

    Hi! I'm a 12 grade senior in high school and living on Florida's space coast all my life has me in love with NASA. I love the whole idea about space or anything that flies. It's just unreal that people are building and designing machines that fly through the air! Anyways, I'm wanting to be an Aerospace Engineer, but all the people I talk to say that I'm not smart enough or that since I'm a girl I can't do it. I'm not that great in science but I love my science classes and my math classes. I ...
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    Zahra Khan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Answered Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12:43 AM
    Hi Ann,
    Awesome to hear you're interested in becoming an aerospace engineer.
    As for me, I was like you in that I knew I wanted to be an aerospace engineer so I focused my energy on making that happen. I grew up in a different country where people ...
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  • Meryll, Philippines asked Zahra Khan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Added Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Hi good day! First of all, I'm thankful that I discovered this org/website because I badly need an advice (THIS IS A LONG MESSAGE PLEASE BARE WITH ME) So here it is, I'm a girl and 2nd year college (well I'm supposed to be a 3rd year college student if I didn't failed my college algebra in my first school year) with a course of Computer Engineering. In my first school year (2014 when I started my college year), my previous school is a tri-semester so I didn't catch up the lessons that fast. I ...
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