35 Innovators Under 35 – 2019

MIT Technology Review, July/Aug 2019, Vol 122, No. 4
“35 Innovators Under 35 – 2019”

It’s part of our ethos that technology can and should be a force for good. Our annual list of 35 innovators under 35 is a way of putting faces on that idea. In these profiles you’ll find people employing innovative methods to treat disease, to fight online harassment, and to create the next big battery breakthrough. You’ll find people using AI to better understand neurological disorders and to make cities more livable. This year’s list shows that even in our hard, cynical world, there are still lots of smart people willing to dedicate their lives to the idea that technology can make a safer, fairer world.

Selected Innovators:


Grace Gu – 30
University of California, Berkeley
Country of birth: US
She’s using AI to help dream up a new generation of lighter, stronger materials.

Song Han – 30
Country of birth: China
Making the software that lets powerful AI programs run more smoothly.

Wojciech Zaremba – 30
Country of birth: Poland
He taught a robot hand how to figure out things on its own.


Azalia Mirhoseini – 32
Google Brain
Country of birth: Iran
She taught an AI to design AI chips.

Camille Francois – 30
Country of birth: France
She uses data science to detect disinformation and organized harassment campaigns.


Himabindu Lakkaraju – 29
Harvard University
Country of birth: India
Her AI program aims to weed out bias in decision making.

Abhinav Kandala – 32
IBM Research
Country of birth: India
Paving the way for quantum-computer-powered drug and material development.

Brandon Sorbom – 32
Commonwealth Fusion Systems
Country of birth: US
His high-temperature superconductors could make fusion reactors much cheaper to build.


Kathy Hannun – 32
Dandelion Energy
Country of birth: US
Working to make geothermal energy practical.


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What is MIT Technology Review’s global list of 35 young innovators?

Established in 1999 as the TR100, the annual list recognizes outstanding innovators who are younger than 35. The awards span a wide range of fields, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transportation, communications, and the Web. We are searching for individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades. Our goal is to recognize the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems. We also reward ingenious and elegant work that matters to the world at large—not just to peers in a particular field or industry.

MIT Technology Review showcases these global winners in our July/August issue and online at www.technologyreview.com/tr35. We also recognize the winners at the Emtech MIT conference in October.

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