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

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Biography

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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  • 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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  • Nima, San Jose, CA asked Zahra Khan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Added Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Zahra, I am an international graduate student, majoring construction engineering at SJSU. I will be graduated in May 2016. I have been in US since Jan. 2015. I came to US for my masters degree in Civil Engineering, but since Oct. 2015 I am interested in Aerospace Engineering, and Space Exploration/Colonization in particular. I am spending most of my time on reading books and articles related to the recent development and technologies in this filed. I think I made my decision to devote my ...
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