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Meet Elon Musk’s prodigy twins from the northeast

Attending Northeastern together as identical twins allowed Jake and Jared Covell to support each other even as they competed against each other — a dynamic that seems paradoxical but makes perfect sense to them.

Following their recent graduation, a new chapter begins this summer.

Jared works with You’re herewhich is driving the electric vehicle market, and Jake will soon be with SpaceXwhich develops and manufactures private spacecraft.

Both are Elon Musk companies.

“Is your title also ‘structure designer’?” Jake asks his brother, even though he already knows the answer. “Mine at SpaceX is called the Structural Design Group,” Jake continues. “And similarly, Jared’s group at Tesla is also under the structural design umbrella. It’s a funny parallel.

Both Jake Covell and his twin achieved grade point averages of 4.0 in the dual bachelor’s and master’s degree program in mechanical engineering. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

The Covells have heard stories about the spiritual bonds that would exist between identical twins. But they insist there is nothing mystical about them – that their coincidences are built on practical realities.

They showed remarkable chemistry as midfielders on Northeastern’s football team, but that’s mostly a result of them playing together for so long, they say.

While growing up in Rhode Island, each was drawn to mechanical engineering, which to some extent dates back to their father’s engineering career.

“Maybe it was a subconscious influence,” Jake says.

Both graduated from a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering last month, and did so with grade point averages of 4.0.

“I can pretty much attribute that accomplishment to having a twin,” Jared says of their straight transcripts. “We would compare answers on homework, not on tests. We studied together and asked questions all the time.

“We’re very compatible,” adds Jake. “So it’s easy to be pushed by your counterpart because not only do you have an example of someone doing their best – and that’s a really good role model – you’re also saying, ‘I can’t let this go. guys win. Like, ‘I have to step it up.’

Jared Covell poses for a portrait

Jared Covell decided to enroll at Northeastern unaware that his brother had made the same decision. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

When they explored colleges, their goal was to do so independently. It turns out that they each applied to the same dozen schools.

“We had the same acceptances and rejections from the same schools,” Jared says.

For both, it came down to a choice between Lehigh University and Northeastern.

“During that last part of senior year of high school, we stopped talking to each other about college because we didn’t want to influence each other’s decision,” Jared says. “I didn’t want to know where Jake was going to school and feel like I had to follow him or, conversely, know where he was going and feel like I had to do my own thing instead. And so we just stopped talking about college for two months together.

Jake made his decision first. But he refused to tell Jared where he was going and their parents were sworn to secrecy.

“The clock was ticking and it was weird to know that his fate was decided and not mine,” Jared said. “About a week later, I sent in my deposit. I said, ‘I’m going to the North East.’ He said, ‘Same.’ »

Both had co-ops which became their new full-time jobs.

Portrait of Molly White

Jared is part of a team that designs and builds motor hardware at Tesla. Jake’s team at SpaceX designs the hardware for his prototype, Spatialshipwhich ultimately aims to reach the Moon, Mars and other planets.

Here’s the thing: Jake will be based near Los Angeles while Jared is in the San Francisco Bay Area, six hours apart.

Is it a problem? At Northeastern, they had chosen to live apart in freshman year, but ended up getting together for the rest of their college careers. They even went together for two months Dialogue of Civilizations trip to New Zealand.

“Trying to convince someone that we’re independent people is pretty hard to do,” Jared acknowledges.

But they believe they are. And now they will find out.

“It’s a breath of fresh air to take your own step in life,” says Jared. “And it’s kind of comforting that we’re close enough to visit. It’s exciting, it’s kind of nerve-wracking, but I think it’ll be okay.

I’m going it’s okay,” Jared adds jokingly. “I don’t know about Jake.”

Jake insists he will thrive too. As brothers, neither can lose.

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