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MIT Technology Review Reveals Annual Innovators Under 35 List

Cambridge, MA—August 19, 2014: Today, MIT Technology Review releases its annual list of Innovators Under 35 ( Since 1999, the global media company has annually recognized exceptionally talented young technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world.

“Over the years, we’ve had success in choosing young innovators whose work has been profoundly influential on the direction of human affairs,” says Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher. “Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple; and David Karp, the creator of Tumblr. We’re proud of our selections and the variety of achievements they celebrate.”

The 2014 List:

Biotechnology and Medicine
1 Emily Balskus Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
2 Duygu Kuzum Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University
3 Megan McCain Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
4 Maria Nunes Pereira Head of Adhesive Technologies, Gecko Biomedical
5 Maryam Shanechi Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California
6 Kay Tye Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT
7 Jonathan Viventi Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering
8 Kathryn Whitehead Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
9 Rumi Chunara Instructor, Harvard Medical School
10 Manu Prakash Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University

Computer and Electronics Hardware
1 Ayah Bdeir Founder and CEO, littleBits
2 Palmer Luckey Founder, Oculus VR
3 Fadel Adib Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT CSAIL
4 David He Cofounder and Chief Scientific Officer, Quanttus
5 Jinha Lee Senior Software Engineer and Head of Interactive Visualization Lab, Samsung Electronics
6 Julie Shah Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Leader, CSAIL Interactive Robotics Group, MIT

1 Miles Barr Cofounder and CEO, Ubiquitous Energy Inc.
2 George Ban-Weiss Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California
3 Tanuja Ganu Technical Staff Member, IBM - India Research Laboratory
4 Hui Wu Associate Professor, Tsinghua University School of Materials Science & Engineering
5 Sarah Kearney Executive Director, PRIME Coalition

Internet and Web
1 Aaron Levie Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Box
2 Alex Ljung Founder, CEO and Managing Director, Soundcloud
3 Bret Taylor Founder and CEO, Quip
4 Kuang Chen Founder and CEO, Captricity
5 Santiago Villegas Giraldo CEO, AliadosWeb/Online Safety Project
6 Severin Hacker Cofounder and CTO, Duolingo

Nanotechnology and Materials
1 Emily Cole Cofounder and Chief Science Officer, Liquid Light
2 Tak Sing Wong Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
3 Guihua Yu Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

1 Rand Hindi Founder and CEO, Snips
2 Michael Schmidt Founder and CEO, Nutonian Inc.
3 Shyam Gollakota Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering; Leader, Networks and Wireless Group, University of Washington
4 Quoc Le Research Scientist, Google Brain

1 Kurtis Heimerl Founder and CEO, Endaga

This year’s honorees will be featured online at starting today, and in the September/October print magazine, which hits newsstands worldwide on Sept. 2. They will also appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference, to be held from Sept. 23–25 in Cambridge, Mass. (

About MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review leads the global conversation about technologies that matter. An independent media company owned by MIT, it produces publications read by millions of business leaders, innovators, and thought leaders around the globe, in six languages and on a variety of platforms. The company publishes MIT Technology Review magazine, the most respected technology magazine; daily news features, analysis, and opinion; and Business Reports, which explain how technologies are transforming industries. It produces live events such as the annual EmTech MIT, international EmTech conferences, Summits, and Salons. The company’s entrepreneurial community organization, MIT Enterprise Forum, informs, connects, and coaches early-stage technology entrepreneurs so they may succeed faster.


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