Here's a rundown of young innovators changing the world in the fields of medicine, computing, communications, electronics, nanotechnology, and more.
Danah Boyd SM ’02: Shaping the rules for social networks
David Bradwell MNG ’06: Cheap, reliable batteries to store renewable energy
Wesley Chan ’00, MNG ’01: Building new technology businesses
Nick Feamster ’00, MNG ’01, PhD ’06: Watching the suspicious behavior of spam
Rikin Gandhi SM ’05: Educating farmers through locally produced video
Jacob Hanna (Whitehead Institute fellow): Reprogramming cells to cure diseases
Amir Alexander Hasson SM ’02: Using cell phones to supply rural shop owners
Timothy Lu ’03, MNG ’03, PhD ’08: Engineering viruses to destroy biofilms
Conor Madigan SM ’02, PhD ’06: Bringing down the price of OLED displays
Celeste Nelson ’98: Reconstructing tissue architectures from scratch
Michelle Povinelli PhD ’04: Predicting better photonic devices
Chris Rivest ’05: Printing cheaper solar cells
Mikhail Shapiro PhD ’08: Commercializing neurotechnology
Richard Tibbetts ’03, MNG ’03: Reacting to large amounts of data in real time
The elite list was selected from more than 300 nominees by a panel of expert judges and the editorial staff of Technology Review. The winners will be featured in the September/October issue of the magazine and at the EmTech@MIT 2010 Conference, held Sept. 21–23, where they will present—in 90 seconds or less—the inspiring work that landed them the honor.