+Intel hires 16-year-old prodigy
December 24, 2013
You might say that 16-year-old math and engineering whiz kid Joey Hudy’s warm-up act was for U.S. President Barack Obama.
There, at the White House Science Fair last year, Joey demo’d for Mr. Obama the air cannon he’d built. “Congratulations!” exclaimed the President, after Joey fired a marshmallow over the heads of the press corps and smooshed it into a White House wall. (The video is on YouTube.)
16-year-old Joey Hudy. Photo by Gregory Hayes/MAKE.
But when the high school sophomore met Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the Rome Maker Fairelast October, an impressed BK did the President one better.
BK hired Joey on the spot.
Joey is a champion “maker” whom the editors of Brilliant.org recently named “one of the 10 smartest kids in the world.” In addition to building that marshmallow cannon (kid stuff), Joey has been doing more serious tinkering with Arduino boards (the platform for our new Quark chips) and selling them online. He also built a solar-powered computer in another science competition.
So last week—after previously dropping a thank-you note to BK—Joey Hudy attended New Employee Orientation (NEO) at Intel in Arizona.
He is the youngest person Intel has ever hired through our Corporate Internship Program, which traditionally is meant for talented college-age students. “We hope to forge a lasting relationship with Joey, and all our interns, as we support their professional development,” says Vaadra Martinez, U.S. Intern Program Manager in HR.
Says Thomas Ajluni, HR's senior talent advisor for the New Devices Group, "we delivered the offer last week and were pleased to get his acceptance."
Unlike the 1,500 or so other interns we’ll hire in the U.S. this year, Joey does not yet have his driver’s license. His mom Julie drove him to NEO.
At the Intel campus in Chandler, Joey will be working in the New Devices Group’s Product Development organization—once school is out this summer. He’ll go back to high school in the autumn.
After he got home last week, Joey posted on his blog—lookwhatjoeysmaking.blogspot.com—his thoughts on becoming a new Intel employee.
“What a awesome place. It was so fun. I can't wait to start making cool stuff!!”