An MIT Alumni Association Publication

MIT Technology Review released its annual “35 Innovators Under 35” list earlier this month—featuring a dozen alumni, staff, and current or former postdocs from the MIT community.

For more than two decades, Tech Review has compiled the list as a “yearly opportunity to take a look at not just where technology is now, but where it’s going and who’s taking it there.” The magazine’s editors whittle 500-plus nominations down to the final 35, aided by a panel of judges with expertise in a range of technologies and industries.

Learn more below about the members of the MIT community chosen for inclusion.

To further explore the connection between the Institute and Tech Review’s “Innovators Under 35,” find out who from MIT made the list in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2010.


  • headshot: Shelley Ackerman

    Shelley Ackerman ’13

    Bolt Biotherapeutics

    She co-invented a novel immunotherapy for difficult-to-treat cancers.

  • Headshot: Jacob Becraft

    Jacob Becraft PhD ’19

    Strand Therapeutics

    He runs a company that’s figuring out the next steps for messenger RNA.

  • Headshot: Sriram Chandrasekaran

    Sriram Chandrasekaran (former postdoc)

    University of Michigan

    His AI systems identify better treatments for tuberculosis.

  • Headshot: Leah Ellis

    Leah Ellis (current postdoc)

    Sublime Systems

    A new, climate-friendly way to make cement.

  • Headshot: Anna Goldie

    Anna Goldie ’11, MEng ’11

    Google Brain/Stanford University

    She uses AI to design microchips much more quickly than humans can.

  • Headshot: Jonathan Gootenberg

    Jonathan Gootenberg ’13 (research scientist)

    MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research

    Expanding the capabilities of gene editing.

  • Headshot: Nicholas Harris

    Nicholas Harris PhD ’17 (former postdoc)


    Shining light through optical chips might be the fastest way for neural networks to make decisions.

  • Headshot: David Rolnick

    David Rolnick ’12, PhD ’18

    McGill University

    He’s employing artificial intelligence in the fight against climate change.

  • Headshot: Kaitlyn Sadtler

    Kaitlyn Sadtler (former postdoc)

    National Institutes of Health

    Her test was among the first to determine how many people had been infected with Covid-19.

  • Headshot: Yichen Shen

    Yichen Shen PhD ’16 (former postdoc)


    Optical chips that can make calculations for neural networks are poised to become big business.

  • Headshot: Max Shulaker

    Max Shulaker (faculty)

    MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    His work with carbon nanotubes could lead to the next generation of computers.

  • Headshot: Shriya Srinivasan

    Shriya Srinivasan PhD ’20 (former postdoc, research affiliate)

    MIT Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

    Her surgical techniques provide a sense of touch to people with prosthetic limbs.