Forbes calls this year's 30 Under 30 lists an "encyclopedia of creative disruption."
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At least 30 MIT faculty, research staff, and alumni are listed throughout Forbes’ seventh annual 30 Under 30 edition, featuring some of the world’s best young innovators.

Forbes calls its 2018 30 Under 30 lists an “encyclopedia of creative disruption featuring 600 young stars in 20 different industries.” So it should come as no surprise that these lists are heavily populated by recent MIT graduates and other members of the Institute community.

Similar to past years, at least 30 MIT faculty, research staff, and alumni are listed throughout Forbes’ seventh annual edition of the world’s best young innovators. Read about the MIT community members who made this year’s list below:

Omar Abudayyeh ’12 and Jonathan Gootenberg ’13 (health care), doctoral candidates at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. “Abudayyeh and Gootenberg pioneered two advances: a new enzyme for editing genes and a new technique for editing RNA.”

David Bierman SM ’14, PhD ’17 (energy), founder of Marigold Power, Inc. “At MIT he helped to develop a thermophotovoltaic converter that absorbs sunlight and converts it to a form of light.”

Greg Brockman ’13 (enterprise technology), chief technology officer of OpenAI. “The boundary-breaking nonprofit is dedicated to building safe AI and ensuring AI’s benefits are widely and evenly distributed.”

Ritchie Chen SM ’13, PhD ’16 (science), postdoc at the MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. “Chen’s research found that dysfunctional brain regions could be stimulated by metal nanoparticles powered by magnetic fields.”

Tiffany Chu ’10 (enterprise technology), cofounder of Remix. “Chu is cofounder of Remix, a public transit platform used by more than 200 agencies worldwide…that evaluates transit data and suggests improvements.”

Lisa Conn MBA ’17 (law and policy), strategic partner and manager at Facebook. “Conn joined Facebook to lead the civic leadership team in its community partnerships program. Previously at the MIT Media Lab, Conn was program manager of the Electome Project.”

Cody Daniel ’11 (science), director of research at 3Scan. “Instead of fewer than 10 slices, 3Scan’s … robotic microscope can turn a small tissue sample into up to 60,000 slices.”

Maher Damak SM ’15 and Karim Khalil SM ’14 (energy), cofounders of Infinite Cooling. “Infinite Cooling … recaptures 80 percent of the water vapor that normally escapes from cooling towers attached to big power plants.”

Karen Dubbin ’12 (manufacturing and industry), science director at Aether. “Dubbin is the science director at Aether, which builds 3-D-printers capable of creating living tissue. She’s responsible for creating the 'bio-inks' that Aether uses to build tissues.”

Gregory Falco (enterprise technology), graduate student in the MIT Department of Urban Studies ans Planning and cofounder of NeuroMesh. “NeuroMesh provides endpoint security for smart devices and re-engineers malware to become a vaccine for the Internet of Things.”

Alistair Johnson (health care), postdoc in the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology. “Johnson created a database of ICU records used by 4,000 researchers from 30 countries to conduct clinical research.”

Brent Keller PhD ’16 (manufacturing), cofounder of Via Separations. “Via Separations develops membrane materials for separation processes. Keller [is] part of MIT’s The Engine accelerator program.”

Weihua Li ’15, MEng ’16 and Arun Saigal ’13, MEng ’13 (consumer technology), cofounders of Thunkable. “Saigal and Li decided spin-out MIT’s App Inventor tool, the drag-and-drop service for building your own app.”

Karthish Manthiram (science), assistant professor in the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering. “Manthiram’s research is focused on providing farmers with fertilizer by manufacturing it out of thin air, literally, by using air, water, and solar power.”

Jess Newman MBA ’17 (energy), director of U.S agronomy at Anheuser Busch InBev. "Her team of 15 agronomists advise barley, rice, and hop farmers on how to become more efficient."

Christina Qi ’13 and Jonathan Wang ’13, MEng ’15 (finance), partners at Domeyard LP. “[Domeyard] is a small hedge fund that is using high-frequency strategies to trade U.S. equity futures and currencies.”

Ritu Raman (science), postdoc at MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. “Raman’s research focuses on understanding the dynamic interactions between biological and synthetic materials and developing bio-hybrid systems to tackle different applications. ”

Yichen Shen PhD ’16 (energy), postdoc in the MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics. “Has contributed to nanophotonic breakthroughs that could shape the future of energy. Light-AI designs computer chips powered by light rather than electricity.”

Hao Sun (science), research affiliate in the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh. “Sun’s research uses analytics and machine learning combined with internet-of-things enabled sensors to track the health of buildings.”

Scott Sundvor ’12 (consumer technology), cofounder of Nima. “Nima is a portable bluetooth-enabled device that tests foods for allergens before you eat. The company has raised more than $20 million between venture funding and government grants.”

Michael Tomovich SM ’14 (manufacturing), cofounder of Kuvee. “Kuvee has engineered a patented, smart wine bottle that prevents oxygen from reaching the wine inside, and has raised $10 million in venture funding to roll it out.”

Sin Wang SM ’15 (science), cofounder of TetraScience. “Wang is cofounder and CTO of TetraScience, which is bringing the internet of things to daily lab work. The company has raised over $10 million in venture capital.”

Andrew Warren PhD ’16 (health care), founding scientist at Glympse Bio. “Based on Andrew Warren’s PhD at MIT, Glympse Bio uses modular nanoparticle sensors to create diagnostics for diseases potentially including cancer. ”

You Wu SM ’14 (manufacturing), cofounder of Pipeguard Robotics. “Wu’s company, Pipeguard Robotics, manufactures a shuttlecock-shaped robot that travels through water pipes to detect leaks.”

Jenny Xu ’19 (games), founder of JCSoft Inc. “Xu has released nine mobile games that have been downloaded over 3.5 million times, including Can You Escape Fate.”

Julia Yu ’10 (finance), investment analyst at Millennium Management. “Emerging markets trader with big role on a large macro team at billionaire Israel Englander’s $34 billion hedge fund.”

A version of this article originally appeared on the Slice of MIT blog.

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Jay London | MIT Alumni Association 
November 21, 2017
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Monday, 23 October 2017 15:04

A better world, starting close to home

MIT faculty and alumni have helped to shape Cambridge, Boston, and the surrounding region.

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On Sept. 28 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in downtown Boston, more than a thousand New England alumni will join President L. Rafael Reif in celebrating the countless ways that the MIT community has contributed to the region’s vitality and unmistakable character — and to envision, together, the positive change this community can have on the entire world.

The history of MIT is one of self-transformation — of a university “restlessly reinventing itself,” as President L. Rafael Reif has put it. But how MIT has changed is just part of its story. The people whose lives and careers are shaped at MIT go out in turn to improve the world around them. This is the premise of the MIT Campaign for a Better World, and its promise: that MIT’s talent and resources are directed toward humanity’s greatest challenges.

The campaign launched in May 2016 with a celebration on campus, then gathered momentum through Better World events that have brought together alumni and friends of MIT in cities worldwide. This week, the series comes home to Boston. On the eve of a local gathering that considers the Institute’s impact on the world, it’s an opportune moment to review the contributions — many more than can be listed here — that MIT’s faculty and alumni have made just beyond the campus, in Cambridge, Boston, and greater New England.

Booming biotech

Perhaps MIT’s clearest influence on its environs is at the intersection of life sciences and technology. East Cambridge’s Kendall Square has emerged as a biotech hub around neighborhood anchors like Biogen, founded by Institute Professor and Nobel laureate Phillip Sharp.

Among the numerous new players are TARIS Biomedical, a drug-delivery spinout of the Cima and Langer Labs developed with support from MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation, and Cognito Therapeutics, which applies research from the Tsai and Boyden Labs to address neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Read more at the MIT News Office.

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September 27, 2017

MIT spinout prepares to launch line of wristbands that keep wearers thermally comfortable.

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The aim of their new wristband is to make “temperature personal,” says Embr Labs co-founder David Cohen-Tanugi PhD ’15. “We want people who are often uncomfortable and have little control over temperature to have more control and more relief in everyday life,” he says. Courtesy of Embr Labs

Sitting in a stifling subway car or walking Boston’s cold winter streets may soon become more bearable, thanks to a “personal thermostat” wristband being released by MIT spinout Embr Labs.

For a design competition in 2013, four MIT engineering students created a smart wristband, called Wristify, that makes its wearer feel warmer or cooler through its contact with the skin on the wrist. After much fanfare, and a lot of research and development, the wristband will hit the shelves early next year.

The wristband, now called Embr Wave, has a flat aluminum top that includes a colored display users adjust from blue to red, to provide cooling or warming, respectively. The device works because the wrist is one of the most thermally sensitive parts of body. It’s also an area where people are most comfortable putting new wearable technologies.

Inside the wristband and touching the skin is a thermoelectric tile made of materials that change temperature when exposed to an electrical current. During heating, the current goes into the plate, creating heat waves. When cooling, the device dissipates heat with aid of the aluminum body, a popular material used for heat exchange.

The aim is to make “temperature personal,” says Embr Labs co-founder David Cohen-Tanugi PhD ’15. “We want people who are often uncomfortable and have little control over temperature to have more control and more relief in everyday life,” he says.

Read more at the MIT News Office.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
Sept. 27, 2017



New venture launched by MIT will support “tough-tech” companies at work on transformative ideas that take time to commercialize. 

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The Engine, founded last year by MIT, has announced investments in its first group of seven startups that are developing innovations poised for transformative impact on aerospace, renewable energy, synthetic biology, medicine, and other sectors.

The founding startups were featured Sept. 19 at an event to celebrate the official opening of The Engine’s headquarters at 501 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, Massachusetts, now renovated to include three floors of conference rooms, maker spaces, labs with cutting-edge equipment, computer stations, and other amenities.

“As we look at the first seven companies we have invested in, it is wonderful to see the breadth of tough-tech areas founders have leaned into,” says Katie Rae, president and CEO of The Engine. “We have been so gratified by the quality and passion of the founders that have come to us. These entrepreneurs are on a mission, and with our help they are going to change the world for the better.”

The seven startups are:  

  • Analytical Space, developing systems that provide no-delay, high-speed data from space, to address global challenges such as precision agriculture, climate monitoring, and city planning;
  • Baseload Renewables, developing ultra low-cost energy storage to replace fossil baseload generation with renewable energy to successfully reduce carbon on a global level;
  • C2Sense, building a digital olfactory sensor for industrial use cases such as food, agriculture, and worker safety, and transforming smell into real-time data that can be accessed remotely;
  • iSee, delivering the next generation of humanistic artificial intelligence technology for human and robotic collaborations, including autonomous vehicles;
  • Kytopen, accelerating the development of genetically engineered cells by developing technology that modifies microorganisms 10,000 times faster than current state-of-the-art methods;
  • Suono Bio, enabling ultrasonic targeted delivery of therapeutics and macromolecules across tissues without the need for reformulation or encapsulation; and
  • Via Separations, developing a materials technology for industrial separation processes that uses 10 times less energy than traditional methods. 

Read more at the MIT News Office.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
Sept. 19, 2017