When I was 18-years-old, I didn't even know how to take out a student loan without my mom's help.
Rifath Shaarook, on the other hand, built the world's smallest and lightest satellite.
Oh yeah, and he earned respect from NASA, along with accolades in first place in a competition the agency co-sponsored called Cubes in Space.
His invention is now set for a sub-orbital, four-hour mission in outer space.
"We designed it completely from scratch. It will have a new kind of on-board computer and eight indigenous built-in sensors to measure acceleration, rotation and the magnetosphere of the earth," he told Business Standard.
Kalam spearheaded many initiatives and paved the way for the country's aeronautical scientists to make great advancements in space exploration for India.
The program encourages and promotes young children and teenagers in India to study science and education.
Again, I'd like to point out that at 18, I was just learning what an oil change does for a car's engine. Color me impressed with this kid.