13 MIT Young Alums Named Among World’s Top Innovators

by Jay London on January 8, 2014 · 2 comments

in Alumni Life, In the News, Public Service, Research

30_Under_30_newForbes magazine’s annual 30 Under 30 lists aim to highlight the world’s brightest minds who are less than 30 years old. Not surprisingly, MIT alumni are interspersed throughout the lists, which feature 450 under-30s in 15 different categories.

The list-makers—who Forbes calls “founders, funders, brand builders, and do-gooders”—includes 13 MIT10 alums who were recognized in five categories: Education, Energy and Industry, Social Entrepreneurs, Science and Healthcare, and Technology.

Miles_Barr_2Miles Barr SM ’08, PhD ’12 (Energy and Industry)
Cofounder, Ubiquitous Energy

“Barr’s invention allows any surface to become an energy producer without impacting the way it looks.”

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Clara_Brenner_newClara Brenner MBA ’12 (Social Entrepreneurs)
Cofounder, Tumml

“Brenner cofounded Tumml, an accelerator that works with early stage startups focused on urban innovation.”

Related:Shaking Things Up For Urban Startups

David_Cohen-Tanugi_newDavid Cohen-Tanugi SM ’ 12  (Energy and Industry)
Doctoral candidate, MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

“Cohen-Tanugi works to improve water filtration and desalination. Another project aims to reduce the energy consumption of buildings.”

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collisonPatrick Collison 10 (Technology)
Cofounder, Stripe

“Collison built Stripe, an online payments company that processes billions of dollars a year for thousands of companies in 11 countries.”

Sayamindu_Dasgupta_newSayamindu Dasgupta SM ’12 (Education)
Doctoral candidate, MIT Media Lab

“(Dasgupta) worked with One Laptop Per Child, where he architected a project that allowed kids to read eBooks in their own languages.”

Jacob_DeWitte_newJacob DeWitte SM ’11 (Energy and Industry)
Founder, UPower

“DeWitte’s startup, UPower, is aiming to end that wastefulness by developing a portable nuclear generator. It could, in theory, provide 12 years of energy without needing refueling.”

Mitchell_Guttman_newMitchell Guttman PHD ’12 (Science and Healthcare)
Assistant professor, California Institute of Technology

“Guttman co-discovered a new type of gene,” Forbes says, that makes, “long-non-coding RNA (lncRNA), which seems to play a key role in organizing which genes work.”

Solomon_Hsiang_newSolomon Hsiang ’06 (Law and Policy)
Assistant professor, University of California, Berkeley

“Lead author on the first study to show that global climate likely to have causal effect on global rates of civil conflict.”

Ben_Lamothe_on_right_newBen Lamothe ’06 (Social Entrepreneurs)
Cofounder, Amicus

“Amicus turns volunteers into fundraisers…Organizations have used Amicus to win marriage equality, protect public education, and to fight for economic justice.”

Sophie_Ni_newSophie Ni G (Energy and Industry)
Cofounder, Takachar

“Takachar aims to take organic waste discarded in some of the world’s poorest cities, and transform it into valuable charcoal to be used in home cooking.”

David_Sengeh_newDavid Moinina Sengeh SM ’12 (Technology)
Biomechatronics researcher, MIT Media Lab

“Sengeh has taken on the challenge to design the perfect fit for every prosthetic socket. He’s also the founder of Innovate Salone, a group aiming to inspire innovation in his country.”

Related:Through Research and Innovation, Alum Gives Back to Sierra Leone

Andrew_Sutherland_newAndrew Sutherland ’12 (Education)
Founder, Quizlet

“Founded in 2005 by then 15-year-old Sutherland to study for a French final, Quizlet provides study tools and games to more than 12 million students each month.”

Related:Quizlet—Sophomore Invented Self-Testing Tool

David_Weinberg_newDavid Weinberg PhD ’13 (Science and Healthcare)
Faculty fellow, University of California, San Francisco

“(Weinberg) runs a research lab focused on how cells decide how much of a protein to make.”

Are there any other under-30 alumni that you feel should be nominated? Let us know if comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

View the entire list of under-30 innovators, which also includes Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard postdoctoral fellow Aleksandar Kostic, at Forbes.com.

All photos via Forbes.

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Margaux January 8, 2014 at 10:32 am

Are you sure this is a portrait of Patrick Collison? I can’t recognize his face at all of that picture.

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Jay London January 8, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Hi Marguex,

We originally posted a picture of his brother, John, who was also named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30. We’ve made the correction!

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