For our 13th annual celebration of people who are driving the next generation of technological breakthroughs, we’re presenting the stories in a new way. We’ve grouped them by categories that reflect the variety of approaches that people can take to big problems. Pioneers are exploring the science that will lead to new technologies.
John Dabiri, 33
How is a wind farm like a school of fish? (+video)
Leslie Dewan, 28
What if we could build a nuclear reactor that costs half as much, consumes nuclear waste, and will never melt down?
Roozbeh Ghaffari, 33
Inspired by the courage of his younger brother, MC10’s cofounder is finding ways to create novel electronic devices that improve human health.
Kuniharu Takei, 32
A novel fabrication step for nanomaterials could lead to fast, energy-efficient flexible electronics.
Feng Zhang, 31
Genomic research may finally help dispel the ignorance shrouding many types of mental illness.
Liangfang Zhang, 33
A nanoengineering scheme to make drugs more effective by fooling the immune system.
Bowen Zhao, 21
What do your genes say about how smart you are?
Xiaolin Zheng, 34
An ingenious solar sticker made with techniques drawn from nanotechnology could turn almost any surface into a source of power.