Bangladeshi youth makes history by manufacturing F-35 jet fighter

Global Today News Desk

It is a matter of pride and joy for us to have got a Bangladeshi youth Asim Rahman to be manufacturing engineer of F-35 fighter, the most advanced warfare aircraft of the world. Today he works as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed Martin, one of the largest companies in the aerospace technology industry

The Lockheed Martin F-35 is the most advanced fighter jet in the world. It is considered the most lethal and survivable fighter aircraft of its kind. How exciting would it be to become a part of the program to build it? Most aerospace enthusiasts would consider it a dream job. And for Asim Rahman, this dream became a reality in early 2019.

Brought up in Dhaka’s Dhanmondi and later in Uttara, Asim attended Sunbeams from playgroup to A-Levels. Upon completing his A-Levels in 2010, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia the same year, to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. His hard work and perseverance paid off when he was selected at the Georgia Institute of Technology, which is ranked the Number #2 school in the US for aerospace engineering.

Although he joined a start-up as a software engineer after graduating, his passion was to work for the US defence sector. But there was one major drawback: US citizenship is necessary for employment in such sectors. He wanted to be a part of something grand that would leave a mark in history. Asim did not waste time and immediately applied in the aerospace industry as soon as he got his citizenship.

“A very good friend of mine from Georgia Tech told me about an opportunity at Lockheed Martin and I immediately applied. After several rounds of interviews, I was given an offer and signed on as a Manufacturing Engineer for the F-35 program. This was the beginning of my exciting journey in the aerospace industry,” Asim told The Business Standard.

One of the most exciting things for Asim was to see the F-35 in action at an air show in Houston a few months ago. “There was a great sense of pride in seeing the grace and agility of the warfighter I work so closely with. Even cooler was meeting the fighter pilots afterwards.”

He likes travelling and cricket. He has already travelled to 32 countries. He flew to England to support Bangladesh team last year. He met the players and was even featured on TV with -sized Bengal Tiger!

He is also a huge fan of the Bangladesh cricket team. “One of my favourite ways to unwind is to watch cricket”. Last year, he even flew to England to support the team. “I was fortunate enough to meet the players and was even featured on TV with my life-sized Bengal Tiger!” he said with a hint of pride.

Asim’s hobbies do not end here. He also likes to stay busy and occasionally tutor high school and college students. As a self-proclaimed foodie, he loves to try out new restaurants in and around the city and when he travels. “I am known to have no trouble driving over an hour for some good food!” Based in America, Lockheed Martin is one of the largest companies in the aerospace technology industry. But what exactly does Asim do?

“As a manufacturing engineer, I focus on the design and operation of production. I assist in all phases of the manufacturing process, develop new methods and tools to improve the build process. It is unique in that you get to be very hands-on with your work,” he expounded. It has been a little more than a decade since he left his motherland for the US. Over the course of time, he has studied at one of the best institutions and is now working at a highly reputable multinational company.

For a person born and raised in a developing country like Bangladesh, it is quite a success. What was the secret behind this achievement? “To be candid, I was never an overly-ambitious student. In fact, a common complaint from all my teachers was that I did not work to my truest potential,” he chuckled. “I only realised the importance of such advice later on in my journey – though thankfully it was early enough for me to study hard for my degree!”

Although he admits that there is no so-called secret mantra, for him it was hard work and doing the right thing at the right moment. “I believe in taking advantage of your youth so you can reap the benefits later.”

Growing up in a tightly knit family with parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins, he feels grateful for the support his family provided him. He especially mentioned his grandfather’s role as his biggest role model and motivator. He also considered himself fortunate to have caring and selfless parents.

In LinkedIn profile, Asim I. Rahman, F-35 Manufacturing Engineer at Lockheed Martin, Georgia Tech Alumni, Aircraft Enthusiast, said “There is nothing more exhilarating than high performance fighter-jets, and to me what matters most is being a part of a team that transforms years of research into reality. Working in the Defense Aerospace Industry gives me the unique ability to employ my research experience, engineering education, and technical ambition to help manufacture F-35 fighter jets that are used globally by the military.”

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