Innovators Under 352014
All 35 of these people are doing exciting work that could shape their fields for decades. But they’re solving problems in remarkably different ways. We consider some of them to be primarily Inventors; they’re immersed in building new technologies. Others we call Visionaries, because they’re showing how technologies could be put to new or better uses. Humanitarians are using technology to expand opportunities or inform public policy. Pioneers are doing fundamental work that will spawn future innovations; such breakthroughs will be taken up by tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs, people who are building new tech businesses.Everyone on the list was nominated either by the public or by MIT Technology Review’s editors. Some got our attention when they were picked by our international publishing partners as Innovators Under 35 for their regions. After our editors pared the roughly 500 nominees to 80 finalists, outside judges rated the originality and impact, or potential impact, of their work; those scores guided the editors as they crafted the list.Get StartedDavid Berry, Partner, Flagship Ventures; Edward Boyden, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab and McGovern Institute; Yet-Ming Chiang, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, MIT; James Collins, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University; John Dabiri, Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, Caltech; Jennifer Elisseeff, Professor of Biomedical; Engineering, Johns Hopkins; Javier García-Martínez, Director of Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory, University of Alicante, Spain; Julia Greer, Professor of Materials Science and Mechanics, Caltech; Eric Horvitz, Managing Director, Microsoft Research; Hao Li, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California; Cherry Murray, Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University; Kristala Jones Prather, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT; Carmichael Roberts, Entrepreneur and General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners; John Rogers, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science Engineering, University of Illinois; Umar Saif, Vice Chancellor, Information Technology University, Punjab; Laura Schewel, Cofounder and CEO, StreetLight Data; Rachel Sheinbein, Managing Director, Balfour Asset Management; Sophie Vandebroek, CTO, Xerox; Ben Zhao, Professor of Computer Science, UC Santa Barbara
Can we cheaply convert carbon dioxide into something useful?
Simple devices allow consumers to cheaply and easily monitor India’s rickety power grid.
An expert on wireless technology figures out how to power devices without batteries.
This watch could finally get your blood pressure under control.
Finding more powerful ways to manipulate and interact with digital data.
Maria Nunes Pereira
Patching holes in the hearts of sick infants.
Carnivorous plant inspires solution to “sticky” problems.
Here’s how you can use Wi-Fi to track people moving around in other rooms.
The CEO of a solar startup hopes you never see his product.
Electronic blocks that link with one another also connect art and engineering.
Guiding your life using the power of big data.
The founder of Box wants to reconfigure the way we work.
SoundCloud is changing how music gets made.
If you can make virtual reality affordable for consumers, things fall into place.
There aren’t enough data scientists to go around—unless you automate them.
The former CTO of Facebook is reimagining the word processor.
Crucial information about disease outbreaks can be gleaned earlier.
A novel approach to learning languages is making the Web more accessible.
A financial innovator is crafting a way for foundations to invest in clean energy.
Frustration with waiting for computers to learn things inspired a better approach.
Imaginative inventions liberate science from the ivory tower.
This MIT engineering professor is turning robots into ideal colleagues for humans.
A USC professor who studies climate and pollution influences policy in California.
A novel way to get data off paper records and into the digital age.
Inexpensive boxes could help bring mobile coverage to the billion people who lack it.
An online reporting system encourages crime victims and witnesses to speak up.
More precise knowledge of the bacteria in our guts could lead to better-targeted treatments for chronic conditions.
Brain-inspired chips could mean better computer processing and neural implants.
Heart on a chip paves the way for personalized cardiac medicines.
Using control theory to build better interfaces to the brain.
Identifying how the connections between regions of the brain contribute to anxiety.
A high-resolution interface reveals the brain storms of people suffering seizures.
A systematic search discovered nanoparticles that could improve drug delivery.
Cheaper and more powerful batteries could help reduce China’s deadly air pollution.
Electronic gels could lead to sensors and batteries that are more like biological tissue.