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Caleb Anderson, the 12-Year-Old Genius Studying Aerospace Engineering, Wants To Work With Elon Musk

Caleb Anderson, the 12-Year-Old Genius Studying Aerospace Engineering, Wants To Work With Elon Musk

He also has plans to complete his Ph.D. from MIT and work with NASA.

Caleb Anderson, 12, the genius Black kid who is presently studying aeronautical engineering at the Chattahoochee Technical College in Georgia, feels at home with the older students. Following his sophomore year at Chattahoochee, Anderson will be heading to Georgetown University, one of the country's top-ranked colleges, to finish the rest of his course. And he has big plans of working with Elon Musk and NASA and complete his Ph.D. at MIT, Anderson told Newsweek. "At school, I was always different, but at college, the kids are really mature and know better, and they don't just see me like a super smart kid, they look at me as a little brother. I really appreciate that. I'm constantly learning things and the time goes really fast." Anderson's learning curve started extremely early. At just two-years-old, he could read the entire Constitution of the United States.

 



 

 



 

 

At three years, he qualified for the Mensa, which comprised of kids with the highest IQs in the world. He joined the organization at five-years-old and was the youngest African-American child to be accepted into it at that time, according to his parents. At the same time, he also mastered French, Spanish, and Mandarin. In college, he is presently studying calculus one, macroeconomics, US history. However, he has his favorites. "History and science have always been my two favorite subjects. There's so much about the past that people don't know about, and science is about our natural world and how everything works. I think it's pretty interesting to learn about how I live and how people who were alive before me have lived," said Anderson.

 



 

 

He also listed the inventor Nikola Tesla and astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson as his science heroes. "I'm inspired by the physicist and engineer, Nikola Tesla. Thomas Edison's company hired him in the late 1800s, however, Tesla ultimately resigned over issues about being paid. But Tesla didn't give up and decided to continue pioneering ideas that would change the world. Neil deGrasse Tyson inspires me, too. He's one of the most famous astrophysicists in the world and he's Black. It's pretty amazing to see someone so famous who is of my skin color that people look up to, especially in the US where racism is real." The boy said he was extremely excited at the prospect of going to Georgetown.

 



 

 

"Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the best schools for aerospace engineering in the US. I'm so lucky to have such an amazing school so close to home. They are always in the top three for any aerospace engineering program," he said. He has a chalked a razor-sharp course for himself and is determined to stay focused and achieve it. "Hopefully, I will graduate with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering at 14, and then I need to get my pilot's license, which I'll have to wait until I'm 17 to do. So after my bachelor's degree, I want to do my master's at Georgia Tech and then do an internship with Elon Musk. I'd like to get my Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and then go on to work at NASA or SpaceX," said Anderson.

 



 

At the rate he is going, we won't be surprised if Anderon is leading efforts for manned missions to Mars before he reaches 20. While Anderson realized college was an expensive prospect, help has come in the way of sponsorship from TV host, Steve Harvey. "Steve Harvey saw my story and asked who was paying for my college tuition. When my parents explained that they were, Steve then said that his organization would pay. College is expensive, and not only is he paying for my bachelor's degree, but he's also given me a computer and is paying for all my books, too. Honestly, it's crazy that he would do that for me and I'm really grateful. It's been a while since I've seen something so kindβ€”he's taking this financial burden from my family," he said.  

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