How can you sharpen your business thinking while connecting with MIT alumni entrepreneurs and leaders in the Institute’s innovation culture? Sign up for Entrepreneurship 101 and 102, the free massive open online courses (MOOCs) created at MIT for edX, the global online learning platform established by Harvard and MIT.

The courses are based on the legendary MIT course 15.390 New Enterprises, which is taught by Bill Aulet SM ’94, the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship. New Enterprises has been a cradle to hundreds of MIT startups, such as A123 Systems, Lark, and Okta among others.

Because the courses let you learn at your own pace, you can start as soon as you register—now through the end of March. A bonus: if you register for a verified certificate you can earn $1,000 in Amazon Web Services credit when you complete the course.

What will you learn?

MOOCs, free online courses, link students to MIT entrepreneurial culture.

MOOCs, free online courses, link students to MIT’s entrepreneurial culture.

According to Erdin Beshimov MBA ’11, who leads an MITx group creating these courses, the first class, Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer? teaches aspiring entrepreneurs how to find a customer for their idea. “Essentially, the course is about learning to look at the world through the eyes of the customer, an essential learning stage for every entrepreneur,” he says. “The course includes numerous case studies of MIT entrepreneurs from fields as diverse as power electronics, watchmaking, 3D printing, and mobile apps. For example, you’ll meet Hyungsoo Kim MBA ′12 of Eone—and be touched by his inspiring story of making watches, or timepieces as he calls them, for people who are visually impaired.”

In another module, students learn from Hanna Adeyema MBA ’13, who was born in Nigeria, raised in the former Soviet Union, and cofounded Tenacity Health after studying at the MIT Sloan School of Management. In a video interview, she describes challenges facing her startup and what she finds fulfilling.

Learn from Tenacity Health co-founder Hanna Adeyema MBA '13.

Learn from Tenacity Health co-founder Hanna Adeyema.

“Being an entrepreneur is very exciting because every day you are making decisions that impact the development of a new product that never existed and that maybe, in the distant future, is going to change someone’s life,” she says. “To know that you are directly responsible for this is pretty powerful.”

In the second course, Entrepreneurship 102: What can you do for your customer?, students use their knowledge of the customer to understand how they will solve the customer’s problem and, ultimately, what product or service they would build. Entrepreneurship 102 is also based on case studies of MIT entrepreneurs, such as Sandra Richter of Soofa and Max Faingezicht and Adam Blake of ThriveHive.

Alumni Connections

Beshimov says the two courses have already enrolled more than 120,000 students worldwide. And, he says, his group at MIT would welcome input from alumni on how to make the courses better. You can write to him at or tweet them at @erdinb or @mit15390x.

“What we are doing is making the entrepreneurial magic of MIT open to anyone in the world for the betterment of the world,” says Beshimov, “and we want MIT alumni to be involved in that process.”

Find out more about the impact of MIT’s entrepreneurial culture in a short video and explore other edX courses.


On a cold fall day, while waiting for the M2 shuttle back to the MIT campus, Livia Blackburne PhD ’13 passed a window display at the Harvard Coop. It was for a new series of young adult fiction about a girl and her vampire boyfriend.  MidnightThief-cov

“I picked it up, started reading, and got incredibly addicted. I got all four books and read them in three days. That just reminded me how much I loved reading and how I once wanted to be a young adult author,” she recalls.

After she finished her doctoral work in brain and cognitive science, Blackburne spent her nights returning to a craft she was first attracted to in high school. After graduating, she workshopped her first novel, found an agent for it, and sold it to Disney Hyperion books last year.

In this Alumni Books Podcast, Blackburne recounts the story behind Midnight Thief, her debut novel that has attracted widespread attention and enough encouragement to pursue writing full-time. Fans of the MIT Assassins Guild will appreciate Blackburne’s heroine’s journey in this tale, recruited at first by a group of assassins in a revolutionary plot before deciding to pursue her own course.

Asked whether any of her MIT education is at work in this novel of medieval mischief, Blackburne says: “What I found really helpful was the social psychology I learned while studying for my quals. I learned a lot about different cultures and world views. It was really useful to use that knowledge to build different societies.”

Having finished a book tour this fall, Blackburne, now living in Los Angeles, is at work on a sequel. For now, her career in academia is on hold.

Visit the MIT Alumni Association on Soundcloud and listen to past podcasts on architecture, gaming, health care, and oceanography.


Guest Post by Aaron Johnson from the Ask an Engineer series, published by MIT’s School of Engineering

Because bikers are tougher than meteorologists. Just kidding! Read on…

Phoro: Brent Moore

Photo: Brent Moore

Turn on the news when a hurricane makes landfall and there’s a good chance you’ll see a brave (or foolish) meteorologist reporting live from the scene of the storm. He or she is probably yelling into the microphone about how the wind’s so strong that he or she has to hold onto a tree, traffic sign, or telephone pole to keep from blowing away. But attention-seeking meteorologists are not the only people who have to hang on during very high winds—motorcyclists are, too, every day. They’re also fully exposed, but they can zoom along at very high speeds and not fly off the back of their motorcycles? Why not?

It all comes down to a force called drag, says Richard Perdichizzi, a technical instructor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics who operates the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.“Drag is the force a body produces as the air moves around it,” he explains. The amount of force is a function of two factors—the body’s cross-sectional area, and its shape. The cross-sectional area is simply the size of the object facing the wind. According to Perdichizzi, “the average person presents approximately eight square feet of blockage.” But that’s only if you’re standing perfectly upright. If you stand sideways and suck in your stomach, or if you roll up into a ball, your cross-sectional area decreases and you’ll experience less drag force. This is essentially what a lot of motorcyclists do when they’re zipping down the highway. They put their heads and shoulders down and pull their knees up, minimizing their cross-sectional area.

Motorcyclists need to be able to see and steer their bikes, so there’s a limit to how small they can make their cross-sectional areas. This is where the shape of the motorcycle becomes important. The fairing—the contoured piece of metal or plastic covering the front of the motorcycle—and the windshield are specially designed to be as aerodynamic as possible. They smoothly deflect the air instead of stopping it or creating turbulence like a flat, boxy surface would. Stopped and turbulent air lead to more drag. Read more

Visit the MIT School of Engineering’s Ask an Engineer site for answers to more of your questions.


Update: Watch the archived broadcast.

Noam Chomsky interview webcast MIT

MIT alumni can ask live questions during the Jan. 20 webcast.

On January 20, 2015, at noon EST, Institute Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky—the longtime political activist and founder the field of modern linguistics—discussed his career and took live questions from the MIT community in a Faculty Forum Online webcast. Chomsky also discussed the Chomsky Archive, an MIT Libraries project to preserve and digitize the lectures, personal papers, and materials he has donated to the Institute Archives and Special Collections.

Known as the “father of modern linguistics,” Chomsky shaped the linguistics field around the profound question, “What does language reveal about the nature of knowledge?” One of the world’s most-cited living scholars, he has authored more than 100 books and his political commentaries have sparked controversy and conversation for more than 50 years.

About Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky interview webcast MIT

Noam Chomsky

Known as the “father of modern linguistics,” Institute Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky shaped the linguistics field around the profound question, “What does language reveal about the nature of knowledge?” Chomsky joined the MIT faculty in 1955 and was appointed Institute Professor in 1976.

Chomsky has authored more than 100 books on language and politics and is one of the world’s most-cited living scholars.

His well-known political beliefs have made him a significant figure in public activism, particularly on issues like capitalism and foreign policy.

Chomsky in the Press

The Chomsky Videos, YouTube
Noam Chomsky Official Website
The Chomsky Archives, MIT Libraries
MIT Libraries receive papers of distinguished linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky,” MIT News
Unboxing the Chomsky Archive,” MIT News
Chomsky on Russia: ‘The worst-case scenario, of course, would be a nuclear war,’” Salon
Interview with Noam Chomsky on the Crisis in Central America and Mexico,” The Nation
@chomsky_quotes, a collection of Noam Chomsky quotes on Twitter


Guest blogger: Zach Church, MIT Sloan

The NHL last month named energy company Constellation the official preferred energy provider of the league, a deal that will find Constellation providing energy efficiency analysis for the league and offsetting the carbon footprint of its 2014-2015 season.

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich. Photo: Dave Sanford, Getty Images

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic in Ann Arbor, Mich. Photo: Dave Sanford, Getty Images

The Dec. 18 announcement was a big one for the hockey league, which since 2010 has been touting its NHL Green initiative and which in July released a massive sustainability report chronicling the environmental impact of its games, its arenas, its corporate partners, and even the travel of its fans.

The report is the work of Omar Mitchell MBA ’12, who joined the NHL in 2012 as director of sustainability. Add in accompanying projects like a push to introduce energy- and heat-saving LED lighting in hockey arenas, and Mitchell has had a busy three years.

The sustainability report—a “tome,” Mitchell only half-jokes—was never a given. Though all of North America’s major sports leagues have some type of sustainability initiative, none has taken on such a hefty task, especially one not required of them. By voluntarily reporting its carbon footprint, the NHL is putting a stake in the ground and publically challenging itself to improve, Mitchell said.

For a sport whose greatest players learned the game on frozen ponds, there is an existential element to the threat of climate change. The report notes that NHL fans are more likely to recycle, support environmental causes, and buy eco-friendly products than the average U.S. adult….

Producing such an extensive report and using it to identify and drive sustainability initiatives required significant buy-in and partnership not only at the league offices in New York City, but among its 30 teams. Mitchell gained that support with the help of only one full-time staffer and an intern. To develop the report, he worked with the National Resources Defense Council, a climate change advocacy group and NHL Green’s primary advisor….

“We think of the report as ‘This is where we are,’” Mitchell said. “And then, once we know where we are, both quantitatively and qualitatively, where do we want to go?”

Jason Jay, a senior lecturer and the director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, said corporate sustainability leaders like Mitchell must demonstrate the value of sustainability work to the business at large.

“The biggest challenge is one of translation of sustainability into the language, values, and goals of the people you need to engage,” Jay said. “People don’t understand terms like C02e or disability-adjusted life years, and they certainly haven’t been incentivized to improve them.”

Read the complete story for details.


Institute Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky, a prolific author, political activist, and philosopher, is one of MIT’s greatest scientists. He created the field of modern linguistics—the scientific study of language—and his political commentaries have sparked controversy and conversation for more than 50 years.

In the January 2015 Faculty Forum Online on Tuesday, January 20, Chomsky will shared insights on his career, took live questions, and discussed the Chomsky Archive, an MIT Libraries project to preserve and digitize the lectures, personal papers, and materials he has donated to MIT.

Watch the interview then share your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter using the hashtag #MITFaculty.

About Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

Known as the “father of modern linguistics,” Institute Professor Emeritus Noam Chomsky shaped the linguistics field around the profound question, “What does language reveal about the nature of knowledge?” Chomsky joined the MIT faculty in 1955 and was appointed Institute Professor in 1976.

Chomsky has authored more than 100 books on language and politics and is one of the world’s most-cited living scholars.

Chomsky in the Press
Noam Chomsky Official Website
The Chomsky Archives, MIT Libraries
MIT Libraries receive papers of distinguished linguist, philosopher and activist Noam Chomsky,” MIT News
Unboxing the Chomsky Archive,” MIT News
Chomsky on Russia: ‘The worst-case scenario, of course, would be a nuclear war,’” Salon
Interview with Noam Chomsky on the Crisis in Central America and Mexico,” The Nation
@chomsky_quotes, a collection of Noam Chomsky quotes on Twitter

About Faculty Forum Online

Up to eight times per academic year, the Faculty Forum Online presents interactive interviews with MIT faculty on timely and relevant topics, including nuclear weapons, neuroscience, digital privacy, climate policy, and climate research. Viewers watch and participate in live 30-minute interviews via interactive chat. Since its inception in 2011, archival editions on YouTube and MIT TechTV have been viewed nearly than 100,000 times.


Karen Kho MCP '95

Karen Kho MCP ’95

Over the past decade, Karen Kho MCP ’95 has helped make tens of thousands of homes in the San Francisco Bay Area more energy- and resource-efficient. And her green building programs and strategies are spreading across California.

In 2003, after trying policy-oriented work at federal agencies, Kho joined StopWaste, a public agency that develops and manages resource conservation programs for Alameda County and its 14 municipalities. She’s now a senior program manager, a role that suits her hands-on orientation and strategic goals.

“We’re a public agency, but we incubate projects like a nonprofit foundation,” explains Kho, who holds a bachelor’s degree in development studies from the University of California, Berkeley, in addition to her Institute master’s in city planning. “We look for strategic opportunities and develop tools and resources that can move stakeholders.”

Those stakeholders include architects, developers, contractors, city building officials, landlords, real estate agents, and residents—all of whom have different agendas. The fragmented economics of property development, ownership, and management mean that matters like energy efficiency and water usage are often low priorities. “Nobody has ownership of the big considerations,” she says.

Hoping to address this situation, Kho was one of the moving forces behind StopWaste’s 2005 launch of the GreenPoint Rated home certification system, which has now assessed more than 40,000 homes statewide for energy and resource conservation, indoor air quality, and other factors, much as LEED certification does for commercial projects. It’s now administered by a dedicated nonprofit, and a recent study found that green-labeled homes in California command a 6 percent price premium, which has boosted acceptance among skeptical developers and agents.

“I was proud of that, not just because of the study results, but because of having helped develop a credible and accessible standard for green homes,” says Kho, adding that the proliferation of local ordinances helped prompt California to adopt the nation’s first statewide green building code in 2010.

Last July, her team worked with property owners, managers, and contractors to launch a rebate program for resource-conserving upgrades to multifamily homes. “Within six months we were over-enrolled, and now over 32,000 units have been or will be upgraded,” she says.

Kho, husband Robert Schorlemmer, and their two children often visit family in Spain and Germany. She sings mezzo-soprano in small choral and a cappella groups but says her real passion is for “shaping the built environment.” She adds, “That’s what led me into green building.”


Five years ago, Haiti was flattened by a devastating earthquake. Back in Cambridge, Paul Fallon ’77, SM ’81, MArch ’81 felt a special need to act in his role as an architect.

He attributes the massive loss of life to faulty architecture and poor construction practices. “So many people died because of the buildings,” said Fallon in a new Alumni Association video. “That’s something that I felt a personal responsibility for.”

Fallon, who had been to Haiti many times through volunteer service trips, visited again after the earthquake. “Their world was difficult before the earthquake, and it is difficult now, albeit in different ways,” he said in a November Boston Globe Magazine article.

Fallon helped design and build the Be Like Brit orphanage, named after Britney Gengel, an American casualty of the earthquake who had been on a service trip. In her last text to her parents, she told them of her dream to build an orphanage in Haiti, and her parents set about to build one in her honor. The orphanage is now home to 66 children.

Mission of Hope

Students at the Mission of Hope School. Credit: Mission of Hope International

He also served as the architect and helped train local workers in earthquake-resistant building practices for the construction of the Mission of Hope School. Eight of the school’s 12 classrooms have already been built teaching 500 children, with space for 100 more students once the school is completed.

Beyond permanent structures, Fallon has built permanent relationships. While working on one project he met Dieunison, a young Haitian recently orphaned by the quake and living on the streets.

“I was adopted by a little kid,” he jokes in a recent MIT Alum Books podcast. Fallon now supports Dieunison and his half-brother Dieurie in attending school. “What serves them and Haiti well is the opportunity for people with their energy, instincts, and capabilities to develop educational and training skills and stay in Haiti and help to improve Haiti,” he said.

Dieunison and Dieurie

Dieunison and his half-brother Dieurie

Fallon is not the only MIT community member sharing his skills to rebuild Haiti. Students developed Konbit, an open source platform for NGOs to find local workers. And many students and alumni continue to volunteer in service projects aiding in rebuilding efforts through MIT’s Public Service Center.

Listen to Paul Fallon discuss his new book Architecture by Moonlight in the MIT Alum Books podcast and at tonight’s 6:30 p.m. talk at the Main Cambridge Public Library. Watch Fallon talk about his experiences in Haiti in a new MITAA video produced by Brielle Domings.

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Guest Post by Sarah Jensen from the Ask an Engineer series, published by MIT’s School of Engineering

Because magnets do not contain energy—but they can help control it…

Photo: Bob Mical

Photo: Bob Mical

In 1841, German physician and physicist Julius von Mayer coined what was to become known as a first law of thermodynamics: “Energy can be neither created nor destroyed,” he wrote. It can, however, be converted from one kind to another—by solar panels that turn sunlight to electricity, or in the transformation of natural gas molecules to the heat that cooks our dinner and heats our homes.

“Magnetism is a force, but it has no energy of its own,” says David Cohen-Tanugi SM ’12. Still, he adds, “magnetism is extremely useful for converting energy from one form to another. About 99 percent of the power generated from fossil fuels, nuclear and hydroelectric energy, and wind comes from systems that use magnetism in the conversion process.”

Every energy generation technology—with the exception of photovoltaics—relies on spinning turbines that put electrons in motion and push them through circuits and generators. “As these charged particles move past magnets inside the turbines, they create a field around them that affects other charged particles,” says Cohen-Tanugi. “This is the magnetic force that converts the energy of wind and coal and nuclear fuel to the electricity that’s sent out into the power grid.” Read more

Visit the MIT School of Engineering’s Ask an Engineer site for answers to more of your questions.


Image via @Forbes.

Image via @Forbes.

Forbes magazine’s  fourth annual 30 Under 30 lists highlight the world’s best “game changers, movers and makers, and brightest minds” who are less than 30 years old. Nearly 50 with MIT ties are scattered throughout the lists’ 20 categories, including more than 30 alumni* and one graduate from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

According to Forbes, MIT was the second most-common alma mater among the 600 selections. Read Slice’s list of under-30 alumni  who were selected below then visit MIT Spectrum to see the MIT students, faculty, and researchers who were also selected. (All images courtesy of Forbes unless otherwise noted.)

acosta_sessions_borderArron Acosta ’10

Blake Sessions ’11 (Manufacturing)
Cofounders, Rise Robotics

“(Rise Robotics) makes robotic parts inspired by biological systems with an aim to lowering the cost of parts for larger, more complex robots.”

adibFadel Adib SM ’13 (Enterprise Technology)
Doctoral Candidate, MIT

“Adib was part of the team that created WiTrack, a spin on Wi-Fi that uses a radio signal to track movements with incredible accuracy.”

Related:Which MIT Alumni Were Named to Tech Review’s TR35?

advaniAman Advani G
Gihan Amarasiriwardena ’11 (Retail)
Cofounders, Ministry of Supply

“Ministry launched on Kickstarter in 2012 and has gone to have some of the most successful fashion campaigns in the platform’s history.”

Related:The NASA-Influenced Dress Shirt
Alum-Designed Socks Made with Cotton, Poly, and…Coffee

blanchetGabe Blanchet ’14
Jamie Byron ’13 (Manufacturing)
Cofounders, Grove Labs

“Grove Labs allows customers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables year-round. The company has raised over $2 million in funding.”

Related:Making Green by Growing Greens…with Fish

brooksAlice Brooks ’10 (Manufacturing)
Cofounder, Roominate

“Brooks started Roominate, which makes building toys for girls…Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner invested $500,000 to share a 5% stake in the business when it appeared on Shark Tank.”

Related:A Dollhouse, Hacked

cinnamonIan Cinnamon ’14 (Healthcare)
Director of Strategy, Immunity Project

“Immunity Project is searching for an HIV vaccine using powerful computers. Cinnamon helped the cause by organizing a crowd-funding campaign and by helping win funding from Y Combinator.”

EmoriSatoru Emori  PhD ’14 (Science)
Postdoctoral Scientist, Northeastern University

“Emori developed new ways to control magnetism with electricity, a finding that could lead to energy efficient computers and memory storage.”

french owenCalvin French-Owen ’12
llya Volodarsky ’12
Peter Reinhardt ’12 (Enterprise Technology)
Cofounders, Segment

“In the past year, Segment has grown from just four cofounders with no revenue to a staff of 30 who have raised $17.6 million in funding.”

shyamShyam Gollakota SM ’08, PhD ’13 (Energy)
Assistant Professor, University of Washington

“(Gollakota) builds sensors that glean their power by absorbing tiny amounts of energy from the fog of ambient radio waves (from TV stations, cell towers, Wi-Fi) all around us.”

ishaaanIshaan Gulrajani ’16 (Enterprise Technology)
Cofounder, Watchsend

“Gulrajani dropped out of MIT to start a company allows developers to record users’ phone screens in order to learn and improve their app. Last year he organized HackMIT.”

guptaKrishna Gupta ’09 (Venture Capital)
Cofounder, Romulus Capital

“(Romulus) recently raised a $50 million fund to invest in early-stage startups. Gupta raised the first Romulus fund in 2008 while a student at MIT.”

HeDavid He SM ’08, PhD ’13 (Healthcare)
Cofounder, Quanttus

“David He’s MIT PhD thesis turned into a startup using wearables to transform heart health. His company, Quanttus, has 57 employees and has raised $22 million.”

Haid_borderChris Haid ’14
Cofounder, NVBOTS

“Haid cofounded NVBOTS, which has developed automated 3D-printers which can run 24/7 with little human intervention.”

Related:Alum-Founded Company Provides 3D Printers to Schools

HodisEran Hodis G (Science)
Doctoral student, Harvard University-MIT Division of Health Sciences

“(Hodis) discovered a pair of mutations that…help explain how it is that cancer cells increase the production of an enzyme called telomerase, making themselves virtually immortal.”

huaNancy Hua ’07 (Enterprise Technology)
Founder, Apptimize

“Hua’s company created software that helps mobile teams build and tune apps faster through A/B testing.”

huangMatt Huang ’10 (Venture Capital)
Partner, Sequoia Capital

“Huang spent time in Twitter’s ad analytics team before joining Sequoia Capital in February. The MIT grad works on investments like Reddit and Yik Yak for the firm.”

jueDiana Jue ’09, MCP ’12 (Social Entrepreneurs)
Cofounder, Essmart

“Essmart is a distribution system that brings life-improving technologies to poor areas in India. Local people act as sales reps to bring these products to mom and pop shops in Southern India.”

levyBenjamin Levy G (Education)
Founder, eduCanon

“eduCanon is an interactive video learning tool that allows teachers to create their own Khan Academy. In 15 months it has attracted 50,000 teachers and 300,000 registered students.”

miguelAlain Miguel G (Retail)
Cofounder, Modalyst

“(Miguel) is the founder of Modalyst, an online wholesale platform that helps brands expand distribution to traditional and ecommerce retailers.”

misraVinith Misra ’08, MEng ’08 (Enterprise Technology)
Researcher, IBM Watson Group

“Misra joined IBM’s Watson Group, working at its Almaden Research Lab to study machine learning, data mining, and natural language processing.”

Related:Who Coded Pied Piper for HBO’s Silicon Valley?

sabrinaSabrina Pasterski ’14 (Science)
Doctoral candidate, Harvard University

“Her second-ever paper was recommended as an editor’s suggestion in Physical Review Letters…She was the first woman to graduate at the top of her undergrad program in 20 years.”

Related:Video Features Airplane-Building MIT Student

nevadaNevada Sanchez ’10, MEng ’11 (Science)
Cofounder, Butterfly Network

“(Sanchez) became employee number one at Butterfly Network, which has raised $100 million in seed funding and whose first device should hit the market next year.”

samuelSamuel Shames ’14 (Energy)
Cofounder, Embr Labs

“Shames’ startup developed Wristify, the first stylish bracelet that actively heats and cools to help the wearer be comfortable and buildings save energy.”

Related:Wristify: Thermal Comfort via a Wrist Band

armonArmon Sharei SM ’13, PhD ’13 (Healthcare)
Cofounder, SQZ Biotech

“Armon Sharei created a new technology that can deliver materials into living cells. The device, CellSqueeze, promises to be useful in drug discovery and therapeutics.”

singCharles Sing PhD ’12 (Science)
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Sing uses computational and theoretical tools to study the physics of polymers…The idea is to figure out how scientists can make new chemicals in silico.”

smithDave Smith SM ’11 (Energy)
Founder, LiquiGlide

“LiquiGlide makes coatings that create permanently wet, slippery surfaces — which could forever end the frustration of getting the last ketchup out of the bottom of the bottle.”

Related:The Condiment Conundrum: Solved?

sutherlandDerek Sutherland ’12 (Energy)
PhD candidate, University of Washington

“(Sutherland) is working on new configurations of magnetic fusion reactors and recently published a concept study on a reactor device called the dynomak.”

vogtKyle Vogt ’08 (Enterprise Technology)
CEO, Cruise Automation

“After co-founding, Socialcam and Twitch, Vogt now runs Cruise, an automated driving startup that could beat Google’s self-driving cars to market.”

wiensJenna Wiens SM ’10, PhD ’14 (Science)
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

“Wiens has studied how machine learning techniques can be used to identify patients at highest risk for infection from the bacteria (clostridium difficile), so that infections might be prevented.”

yuanXing Yuan ’08 (Finance)
Vice President, Morgan Stanley

“Heads investment bank’s commodities index trading. Born in Beijing, moved to the U.S. at age 10. Black belt in Taekwondo and member of U.S. junior national team for bridge.”

Yan_ZhuYan Zhu ’12 (Enterprise Technology)
Privacy Engineer, Yahoo!

“(Zhu) gained notoriety for attending a mathematics conference where she attempted to dissuade attendees from joining the NSA due to concerns about the agency’s overreach.”

View the entire list of under-30 innovators, which also includes Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology alumna Alison Hill and MIT-Portugal Program alumna Maria Pereira, at

Are there more under-30 alumni that we missed or that you feel should be nominated for 2016? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

*—Any undergraduate student who completes one semester at MIT or any graduate student who completes one academic year at MIT is considered an MIT alumnus or alumnae.