An MIT Alumni Association Publication

MIT Technology Review recently released its annual list of Innovators Under 35, a roster of the 35 most promising young people working in technology today. The list includes seven MIT alumni, two faculty members, and a former postdoc. 

The work of these innovators spans the burgeoning fields of AI, biotech, materials, computing, and the fight against climate change—providing insight into where technology is headed in the near future.

To further explore the connection between the Institute and Tech Review’s Innovators Under 35, find out who from MIT made the list in 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017


  • Headshot: Alex Abramson

    Alex Abramson PhD ’19

    Georgia Tech

    His innovation is a pill that falls to the bottom of the stomach and reorients itself, inserting the medicine directly into the stomach tissue.

  • Headshot: Samagya Banskota

    Samagya Banskota (former postdoc)

    Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

    She co-invented a more efficient delivery system for gene therapy.


  • Headshot: Sean Hunt

    Sean Hunt SM ’13, PhD ’16


    He cofounded Solugen, a company that uses enzymes and metal catalysts to turn sugar into industrial chemicals with a much lower carbon footprint.

  • Headshot: Xin Jin

    Xin Jin ’10

    Scripps Research

    She invented a method that allows simultaneous analysis of many genes in living organs.

  • Headshot: Gauri Joshi

    Gauri Joshi SM ’12, PhD ’16

    Carnegie Mellon University

    She is designing distributed computing algorithms that make it possible for machine learning models to be trained using a network of devices such as cell phones or sensors.

  • Headshot: Yoonho Kim

    Yoonho Kim SM ’18, PhD ’22 (current postdoc)


    He developed a teleoperated robotic system that can wind its way through the brain’s vascular network.

  • Headshot: Hyunwoo Yuk

    Hyunwoo Yuk SM ’16, PhD ’21


    Taking cues from barnacles, spiderwebs, and other sticky things found in nature, he developed bioadhesives that allow for near-instant repair of tissues and organs.

  • Headshot: Xu Zhang

    Xu Zhang SM ’12, PhD ’17 (former postdoc)

    Carnegie Mellon University

    He is developing a kind of two-dimensional semiconductor that’s just atoms thick.


  • Headshot: Stefanie Mueller

    Stefanie Mueller

    Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and of Mechanical Engineering

    She is developing a way to reprogram the appearance of objects using photochromic dyes with fine control over each color channel.

  • Headshot: Carlos Portella

    Carlos Portela

    Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

    He developed a process that allows him to create 3D nanomaterials you can hold in your hand. Such materials have properties no existing material could ever attain.