Azureen Saiful Bahri, a former MRSM student is making great strides in technological advancements.
In part 1, she shares about her experience working in Elon Musks’s SpaceX. Now, she tells the story of her endevour in Amazon Kuiper, an aerospace company owned by Jeff Bezos.
After being a part of the growth stage in SpaceX, Azureen moved to Amazon to be in the pioneer team of the sattelite venture.
This is how it all began.
From INTEC to Michigan State University
After successfully graduating from MRSM, Azureen was awarded the MARA scholarship and furthered her studies at INTEC Education College, a UiTM affiliate institution. At INTEC, she completed one year of foundation in American Degree Transfer Programme (ADTP).
INTEC, is a premiere institution offering pre-university courses to pursue studies in Japan, Korea, Germany, the United States, United Kingdom and more. It also offers professional qualifications such as ACCA and ICAEW.
“Most of the time, we prepared to do two main exams; SAT and TOEFL.”
Apart from academics, she learned a lot about American culture like Halloween and Christmas in INTEC. She explained that it has helped her feel more accustomed to life abroad.
She then went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in supply chain management at Michigan State University.
Owing to her dad’s advice in choosing a relevant and practical degree, Azureen explained that there were many branches that she could dive into with her chosen course.
“There’s procurement, logistics, warehousing, and a variety of areas I could go into.”
Azureen also stated that supply chain jobs suit her best as they usually require a mix of critical logical thinking and people management.
Pioneering the aerospace venture at Project Kuiper, Amazon
Project Kuiper is a relatively new initiative to launch a constellation of satellites that will provide broadband connectivity to unserved and underserved communities around the world.
She highlighted that Amazon Kuiper does not have any satellites in space yet whereas SpaceX has already launched thousands of them.
“I’ve seen the growth part of it, where there are a lot of opportunities, but I also want to be part of the pioneering stage. I want to be in a startup kind of phase where things are still being decided and going to change fast.”
At Amazon, Azureen landed the role of business process manager in the digital operations team. She said that her job is to help consultants to launch systems together with her teammates.
She also manages and maintains training materials for the contracting team and business stakeholders.
Highlighting Amazon’s customer-centric culture, she mentioned that Jeff Bezos, former CEO of Amazon, has built his own philosophy – customer obsession, which is still widely practised among Amazon workers including Azureen herself.
“Whenever you’re designing a product or solving a problem, you have to start with thinking about the customer by either understanding the customer problem or what customer experience you’re trying to create.”
Azureen’s dedication and capacity to drive forward her passion for Amazon is truly inspiring. Follow GetThere for the final part of Azureen’s story where she talks about the differences she observed between the SpaceX and Amazon, process of applying to tech companies and her endgame.
Azureen reveals how to get into SpaceX and Amazon Kuiper in part 3, coming up next.