Eight from MIT honored in 2019 Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35

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Earlier this summer, MIT Technology Review released its annual list of 35 Innovators Under 35, and the 2019 roster has a strong MIT presence. At least eight MIT alumni and current or former postdocs were named to this year’s group.

According to MIT Technology Review, “35 Innovators Under 35,” now in its 19th year, is a list of the most promising young innovators around the world whose accomplishments are poised to have a dramatic impact on the world. The list is split into five categories: Inventors, Entrepreneurs, Visionaries, Humanitarians, and Pioneers.

Postdocs and alumni honored for 2019 are:

Anurag Bajpayee SM ’08, PhD ’12 (Entrepreneurs) The founder of Gradient, Bajpayee’s approaches can treat dirty wastewater and can make desalination more efficient.

Cesar de la Fuente Nunez, 2015 postdoc (Pioneer) An assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, De la Fuente Nunez developed algorithms that follow Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to create optimized artificial antibiotics.

Grace X. Gu SM ’14, PhD ’18 (Pioneers) Now at the University of California at Berkeley, Gu is using artificial intelligence to help dream up a new generation of lighter, stronger materials.

Qichao Hu ’07, 2012 postdoc (Entrepreneur) Hu, founder and CEO of SolidEnergy Systems, is on the cusp of one of the most highly anticipated developments in industry: the next battery revolution.

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Raluca Ada Popa ’10, MEng ’10, PhD ’14 (Visionaries) Now at the University of California at Berkeley, Popa’s computer security method could protect data, even when attackers break in. 

Ritu Raman, postdoc (Inventor) A researcher at MIT’s Koch Institute, Raman has developed inchworm-size robots made partly of biological tissue and muscle. 

Brandon Sorbom PhD ’17 (Inventor) Chief scientist at Commonwealth Fusion Systems, Sorbom’s high-temperature superconductors could make fusion reactors much cheaper to build. 

Archana Venkataraman ’07, MEng ’07, PhD ’12 (Inventor) We still don’t know much about neurological disorders. Venkataraman, now at the Johns Hopkins University, is using artificial intelligence to change that.

For more on the connection between the Institute and MIT Technology Review’s Innovators Under 35, see Slice of MIT’s lists from 2018201720162015201420132012, and 2010.

A version of this article originally appeared on the Slice of MIT blog.



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