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.
INNOVATORS UNDER 35: MIT COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Shelley Ackerman ’13
She co-invented a novel immunotherapy for difficult-to-treat cancers.
Jacob Becraft PhD ’19
He runs a company that’s figuring out the next steps for messenger RNA.
Sriram Chandrasekaran (former postdoc)
University of Michigan
His AI systems identify better treatments for tuberculosis.
Leah Ellis (current postdoc)
A new, climate-friendly way to make cement.
Anna Goldie ’11, MEng ’11
Google Brain/Stanford University
She uses AI to design microchips much more quickly than humans can.
Jonathan Gootenberg ’13 (research scientist)
MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Expanding the capabilities of gene editing.
Nicholas Harris PhD ’17 (former postdoc)
Shining light through optical chips might be the fastest way for neural networks to make decisions.
David Rolnick ’12, PhD ’18
He’s employing artificial intelligence in the fight against climate change.
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.
Yichen Shen PhD ’16 (former postdoc)
Optical chips that can make calculations for neural networks are poised to become big business.
Max Shulaker (faculty)
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
His work with carbon nanotubes could lead to the next generation of computers.
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.