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2008 Young Innovators Under 35

MIT’s Technology Review magazine published the TR35, its annual list of leading young innovators under the age of 35. This year’s group of technologists and scientists is transforming everything from the cars we drive to the way we use computers, treat heart attacks, and manage our e-mail. Several are working on ways to conserve and more efficiently produce energy, others to help us collaborate and connect; still others are taking advantage of the body’s capacity to heal itself. As they fight disease, global warming, and the complexity of life in the 21st century, the TR35 aspire to truly improve the world.

The winners

  • 2008 Innovator of the Year: JB Straubel (Engineering electric sports cars)
  • 2008 Humanitarian of the Year: Aimée Rose (Ultrasensitive detectors to sniff out explosives)

The complete list

  • Blaise Agüera y Arcas – Building immersive 3-D environments
  • Theodore Betley – Re-creating photosynthesis
  • Martin Burke – Molecular diversity
  • Dries Buytaert – Simple, flexible Web publishing
  • Christopher Chang – Probing chemical reactions in the body
  • Michelle Chang – Designing microbes to make fuels and drugs
  • Jenova Chen – Gaming with the flow
  • Tanzeem Choudhury – Inferring social networks automatically
  • Peter L. Corsell – Making the electric grid smart
  • Jack Dorsey – Personal updates made simple
  • Stefanus Du Toit – Programming for parallel processors
  • Nicholas Fang – Superlenses for watching cells
  • Ric Fulop – Energizing rechargeable batteries
  • Julia Greer – Revealing how materials behave at the nanoscale
  • Hossam Haick – Sniffing out cancer
  • Seth Hallem – Deconstructing software to find bugs
  • Donhee Ham – Portable nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Konrad Hochedlinger – Turning adult cells into stem cells
  • Xian-Sheng Hua – Enhancing video search
  • Sundar Iyer – Making memory at Internet speed
  • Jeffrey Karp – Gecko-inspired surgical tape
  • Farinaz Koushanfar – Locking microchips to prevent piracy
  • Johnny Lee – Streamlining human-computer interactions
  • Meredith Ringel Morris – Searching websites jointly
  • Andrew Ng – Building household robots
  • Kostya Novoselov – Two-dimensional transistors
  • Milica Radisic – Patching damaged hearts
  • Aimée Rose – Ultrasensitive detectors to sniff out explosives
  • Bilal Shafi – Preventing congestive heart failure
  • Adam Smith – Making sense of e-mail madness
  • JB Straubel – Engineering electric sports cars
  • Joo Chuan Tong – My vision: Personalized vaccines
  • Eric Wilhelm – Putting DIY projects online
  • Robert Wood – Building robotic flies
  • Ronggui Yang -Efficient electricity from waste


Technology Review: 35 Innovators Under 35