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Alán Aspuru-Guzik

TR35 2010 Winner

Alán Aspuru-Guzik

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University

Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik is currently associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University, where he started his independent career in 2006. After receiving his PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, under Professor William A. Lester Jr., he was a postdoctoral scholar in the group of Martin Head-Gordon at UC Berkeley from 2005-2006.  

Aspuru-Guzik carries out research at the interface of quantum information and chemistry. In particular, he is interested in the use of quantum computers and dedicated quantum simulators for chemical systems. He has studied the role of quantum coherence in excitonic energy transfer in photosynthetic complexes, and developed methodology for studying the spectroscopy of molecules in nanoscale environments. He and his group recently developed a density functional theory for open quantum systems.

Harry Atwater

Harry Atwater

Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science, California Institute of Technology
Harry Atwater is a professor at Caltech, where his research centers on photovoltaics, plasmonics, and optical metamaterials.  Atwater has been active in photovoltaics research for more than 20 years. He has contributed to more than 200 publications, and his group’s developments have been featured in Scientific American, Science, Nature Materials, Nature Photonics, and Advanced Materials.

Atwater received his SB, SM, and PhD in electrical engineering from MIT.  He currently serves as director of the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center on Light-Matter Interactions in Solar Energy Conversion and was recently named director of the Resnick Institute for Science, Energy and Sustainability.  Atwater is founder and chief technical advisor of Alta Devices, a company developing high-efficiency/low-cost photovoltaics technology, and Aonex, a company that makes compound semiconductor materials.

Nazeer Bhore

Nazeer Bhore

Senior Technology Advisor, Exxon Mobil
Nazeer Bhore is the senior technology advisor in Corporate Strategic Planning at Exxon Mobil Corporation, Irving, TX. He has more than 20 years’ experience at ExxonMobil and its affiliates in various refining and chemical functions such as research, engineering, planning, technical services, and technology licensing.

He holds a BE from the University of Bombay and a PhD from the University of Delaware, both in chemical engineering. He is also a graduate of the Wharton Management Program.

In his current role, he helps formulate ExxonMobil’s longer-term technology strategy and portfolio for improving energy efficiency, increasing energy supplies, and mitigating emissions related to the use of energy.

Vanu Bose

Vanu Bose

President and CEO, Vanu
Vanu Bose is the president and CEO of Vanu, Inc. He earned all of his degrees from MIT. He received his PhD in electrical engineering and computer science (EECS) in 1999, his master's degree in EECS in 1992, and two bachelor's degrees, one in EECS and one in math, in 1988. As a graduate student, he worked on the MIT SpectrumWare project at the MIT lab for Computer Science, an effort to bring a software-oriented approach to wireless communication and distributed signal processing. There, he performed the software radio research that would later evolve into Vanu, Inc. Prior to graduate school, he developed a technical teaching curriculum and onboard medical, computer and satellite communications systems for a DC-10 flying hospital for Project Orbis, a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting world blindness. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boston Museum of Science.

Danah Boyd

TR35 2010 Winner
Danah Boyd

Social Media Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
Danah Boyd is a social scientist at Microsoft Research and a research associate at Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In her research, she examines everyday practices involving social media, with specific attention to youth participation. Lately, she has been focused on issues related to privacy, publicity, and visibility. She recently coauthored Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. She is currently codirecting the Youth and Media Policy Working Group, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. She blogs at http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/ and tweets at @zephoria.

Ed Boyden

Ed Boyden

Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Ed Boyden leads the Synthetic Neurobiology Group at MIT. His group aims to invent new tools and discover principles for controlling neural circuits in order to understand how cognition and emotion arise and to enable systematic repair of intractable brain disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. The tools he and his colleagues invented for optically controlling neurons are used worldwide to study and engineer neural circuits. He has won numerous awards for his work, given more than 80 invited talks, and contributed to more than 150 papers, current or pending patents, and articles.

Jose Bravo

Jose Bravo

Chief Scientist, Physical Separations, Shell Global Solutions
Jose Bravo is chief scientist in the area of physical separations for Shell Global Solutions, the research and consulting business unit of Royal Dutch Shell.

Bravo is a world-renowned expert in separation technology, which is essential to areas such as biofuels, carbon dioxide management, and unconventional fuels. He leads work in this area and also coordinates Shell’s team of chief scientists.

Before joining Shell in 1995, Bravo was an independent consultant. Born in Mexico City, he earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and master’s and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Bravo holds two patents and has published more than 50 technical papers and two books.

Brett Brewer

Brett Brewer

General Manager, Microsoft Live Labs
Brett Brewer is the general manager for Microsoft Live Labs, a multidisciplinary  engineering, marketing, design, and operations team chartered with creating transformative Web experiences. Examples of Live Labs projects are Photosynth, Seadragon, and Pivot.

Brewer has spent the last 12 years at Microsoft and has worked in groups devoted to field sales, Windows, search, high-performance computing, and labs. His specialties include Web search, high-performance computing, and corporate innovation strategies. He holds multiple patents in the Web search industry.

Brewer graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988 with a BS in chemical engineering.

Wesley Chan

TR35 2010 Winner

Wesley Chan

Partner, Google Ventures
Wesley Chan is tasked with scouting new opportunities and turning them into disruptive billion-dollar businesses. Two of his favorite products he's founded and launched include Google Analytics and Google Voice.

Chan is a recipient of Google's founder award--the company's most prestigious recognition--for leading the development of Google Toolbar and building out Google's early client efforts. He also holds four U.S. patents from his work on starting the business for targeted display advertising at Google.

Chan has also held positions at HP Labs,  Microsoft, and holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from MIT, where he did his graduate research at the Media Laboratory.

In his spare time, he serves as Google's chief photographer emeritus.  His favorite camera is the Canon EOS-5D Mark II.

Ranveer Chandra

TR35 2010 Winner

Ranveer Chandra

Researcher, Microsoft Research
Ranveer Chandra’s research focuses on improving the performance of computer networks, spanning innovations across all layers of the network stack.  Ranveer has published more than 35 research papers, including best paper awards at ACM CoNext 2008 and ACM SIGCOMM 2009. He has filed over 40 patents on his research, eight of which have been granted. Ranveer received his undergraduate degree from IIT Kharagpur and a PhD from Cornell University.

Lili Cheng

Lili Cheng

General Manager, Microsoft FUSE Labs
Lili Cheng is the general manager of FUSE Labs, and has been at Microsoft since 1995. Previously, she was the director of the Creative Systems Group (CSG) and the Social Computing Groups (SCG) within Microsoft Research. Before her time in MSR, she was the director of user experience for Microsoft Windows. She is also a registered architect; she worked in Tokyo and Los Angeles for Nihon Sekkei and Skidmore Owings and Merrill on commercial urban design and large-scale building projects. She has taught at NYU-Interactive Telecommunications as well as Harvard University. She was born in Tokyo, and is married with three boys.

Ryan Chin

Ryan Chin

Research Associate, MIT Media Laboratory
Ryan Chin is a research associate and PhD candidate at the MIT Media Laboratory in the Smart Cities research group. His research in Urban Mobility Systems addresses the energy and mobility problems of 21st-century cities, such as energy efficiency, congestion, urban land -use, and carbon emissions leading to global warming. Currently, he is building the CityCar, a foldable, shareable, modular, electric two-passenger vehicle.

In 2007, Chin cofounded the MIT Smart Customization Group (SCG) with the task of improving the ability of companies to efficiently customize products and services across a diverse set of industries and customer groups. Chin’s research in SCG focuses on the environmental, energy, and material benefits of smart customization in products.

At MIT, Chin earned an MS in media arts and sciences (2004) and a master of architecture (2000). He also holds bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architecture from the Catholic University of America (1997).

Aaron Dollar

TR35 2010 Winner

Aaron Dollar

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Yale University
Aaron Dollar received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UMass Amherst and a PhD in engineering sciences from Harvard. His research is focused in robotics, with applications in grasping and manipulation, aerial vehicles, and assistive devices for rehabilitation. He is cofounder and editor of RoboticsCourseWare.org, an open repository for robotics pedagogical materials, and the recipient of the 2010 NSF CAREER Award, Best Student Paper Award at the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, and first prize in the 2006 ASME Student Mechanism Design Competition.

Hany Eitouni

TR35 2010 Winner

Hany Eitouni

Director of Materials Development, Seeo
Working both in academic and industrial labs, Hany Eitouni has more than 10 years’ experience in polymer materials, with specialized expertise in ionic transport.  As director of materials development at Seeo, the battery startup he cofounded in 2007, Eitouni has successfully led efforts to design, synthesize, and optimize Seeo’s proprietary polymer electrolytes to enable the next generation of high-energy batteries. Previously he was a staff scientist at Symyx Technologies, where he developed high-throughput instrumentation for materials discovery.  He received a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS from University of Texas, Austin, both in chemical engineering.

Scott Faris

Scott Faris

Founder and CEO, Planar Energy
A serial entrepreneur whose almost two decades of operating, venture-financing and commercialization experience has involved more than 20 start-up and emerging-growth technology companies, Scott Faris is the founder and CEO of Planar Energy, a spinout of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Mr. Faris had been chairman and CEO of Waveguide Solutions as well as the founding director and COO of Ocean Optics. Previously a partner with early-stage venture fund Corporate IP Ventures, Mr. Faris was the founder and CEO of Enterprise Corporation, a technology accelerator that raised more than $50 million in capital for new and existing technology firms through a private investment forum.

Nick Feamster

TR35 2010 Winner

Nick Feamster

Assistant Professor, Georgia Tech
Nick Feamster is an assistant professor in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He received his PhD in computer science from MIT in 2005, and his SB and MEng degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 2000 and 2001, respectively. His research focuses on many aspects of computer networking and networked systems, including the design, measurement, and analysis of network routing protocols, network operations and security, and anonymous communication systems. In December 2008, he received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his contributions to cyber security, notably spam filtering.

Sean Fitzpatrick

Sean Fitzpatrick

Senior Vice President of Middle Market and Specialty Financial, The Hartford Financial Services Group
Sean Fitzpatrick is senior vice president of Middle Market and Specialty Financial at The Hartford Financial Services Group. He manages commercial property and casualty insurance for mid-sized organizations as well as the company’s Marine, Financial Products, and Bond divisions, with written premiums over $2.7 billion. Prior to joining The Hartford, he was chief underwriting officer of executive and professional liability at the Chubb Group. A past president of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society, he teaches insurance and professional liability law at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.

Sean Fitzpatrick

TR35 2010 Winner

Rikin Gandhi

Chief Executive Officer, Digital Green
Rikin Gandhi’s interests include applying sustainable agriculture and technology to affect socioeconomic development. Gandhi worked at Oracle on linguistic search and was a pilot with aspirations of joining the astronaut program. Gandhi then joined Microsoft Research in Bangalore, India, as a researcher in its Technology for Emerging Markets group, where he codeveloped Digital Green. He leads the spin-off of Digital Green as an independent organization that works to amplify the effectiveness of agricultural development globally. Gandhi has a master's in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from MIT and a bachelor's in computer science from Carnegie Mellon.

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Kris Gopalakrishnan

CEO, Infosys Technologies
Kris Gopalakrishnan is one of the founders of Infosys Technologies, a global IT services provider headquartered in Bangalore, India. Gopalakrishnan founded Infosys in 1981, along with six others, and served in a number of capacities before being appointed CEO in 2007. He is recognized as a global thought leader and was selected in Thinkers 50, a list compiled by an international consulting firm. Gopalakrishnan is the chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industries Southern Regional Council and serves on the board of governors of the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.  He holds master’s degrees in physics and computer science from IIT Madras.

Emily Green

Emily Green

President and CEO, Yankee Group
Emily Nagle Green is chartered with continuing Yankee Group’s leadership in navigating the global connectivity revolution as the president and CEO. She also sits on the board of directors for Yankee Group. She is the author of the book Anywhere: How Global Connectivity is Revolutionizing the Way We Do Business, which offers a road map for how ubiquitous connectivity will impact our lives.

Green is a communications technology and research veteran. Her tech-sector experience includes engineering and marketing leadership roles in computer-generated special effects, broadband communications and video services. She is the vice chairman of the board of MITX, New England’s premier trade association for digital technology, marketing, and media professionals. Green holds a BSL in linguistics from Georgetown University and an MSE in artificial intelligence and computer graphics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Matt Grob

Matt Grob

Senior Vice President, Corporate Research and Development, Qualcomm
Matt Grob is senior vice president for Qualcomm’s corporate research and development division. Grob joined Qualcomm in 1991. His contributions include system design, standardization, and project leadership for programs including CDMA data services, the Globalstar satellite based mobile voice and data system, and 1xEV-DO high speed wireless Internet access technology. His group’s mission is to push the boundaries of wireless technology, to innovate and explore new services and technologies, and to create value for the wireless industry. Grob holds a number of patents in wireless data services and technology and holds a BSEE from Bradley University and an MSEE from Stanford University.

Amir Hasson

TR35 2010 Winner

Amir Hasson

Founder & President, United Villages
Amir Alexander Hasson received his bachelor’s with honors at Wesleyan University. He was the community director at an Internet TV network and founded a human-powered portal for holistic health.

Amir received his master's from MIT Sloan, where he co-conceived a "drive-by" wireless technology for rural connectivity. He led the development of this technology as the business development manager for Media Lab Asia. Amir then spun-out First Mile Solutions to provide rural wireless solutions internationally.

Amir now serves as the founder and president of United Villages, which develops mobile-phone supply-chain technology and operates a rural distribution company in India.

Kim Hazelwood

TR35 2010 Winner

Kim Hazelwood

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia
Kim Hazelwood is an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Virginia and an Intel faculty consultant. She works at the hardware-software boundary, focusing on runtime adaptation. She received a PhD from Harvard in 2004, and is widely known for her contributions to the Pin instrumentation system, which has had over 40,000 downloads and 600 citations since its July 2004 release. Kim received a FEST Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, the Anita Borg Early Career Award, and research awards from Microsoft, Google, NSF, and SRC. Her work has been featured in Computer World, ZDNet, EE Times, and Slashdot.

Christine Herron

Christine Herron

Principal, First Round Capital
Christine Herron is a principal with First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Previously, she was a director at Omidyar Network, where she developed the media practice strategy; before that, she held operational roles with Mission Research, NetObjects, and Microsoft and was the founder and CEO of Mercury2. She started as an investor with Geocapital Partners, where she funded early Internet and network infrastructure businesses including Netcom and AXON Networks. Herron earned degrees from both Stanford University and Columbia University.

Dan Hesse

Dan Hesse

CEO, Sprint
Dan Hesse is the president and chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel. Previously, he was the chairman and CEO of Embarq and served as chairman, president, and CEO of Terabeam.  Hesse also spent 23 years at AT&T, where he last served as president and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services. 

He received an MBA from Cornell, a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame, and a master of science degree as a Sloan Fellow at MIT, where he was awarded the Brooks Thesis Prize. He serves on the board of directors of Clearwire and on the national board of governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

David Karp

TR35 2010 Winner

David Karp

Founder and CEO, Tumblr
David Karp, who was born in 1986, left high school to run technology at UrbanBaby.com. He was there until CNET Networks acquired it in 2005.  He spent two years at the helm of his development firm, Davidville, before his team launched the publishing platform Tumblr.com.  After gaining an instant cult following among artists and new-media influencers, Tumblr took on funding in October 2007 from a number of investors, including Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. Tumblr is now one of the 50 largest sites on the Internet, according to directly measured Quantcast reports.

Sam Kavanagh

Sam Kavanagh

2012 Paralympics Contender
While skiing in the remote mountains of Montana, Sam Kavanagh was caught in an avalanche and severely fractured his left tibia and fibula. He spent two days in a tent before being airlifted to a hospital, where ultimately his lower left leg was amputated.

Technological advancements in prosthetics have now helped Kavanagh realize athletic achievements he had only dreamed of before his accident. A member of the U.S. Paralympic cycling team, he races his bike around the world, pushing his abilities to new levels in hopes of advancing prosthetic technology and changing society’s perception of those with physical disabilities.

David Kobia

TR35 2010 Winner

David Kobia

Director of Technology Development, Ushahidi
David Kobia’s experience is varied and extensive. He has almost 10 years in the technology field. After pursuing a BS in computer science at the University of Alabama, he has been a professional Web developer and has worked with nearly every Web technology, including VB, .NET, PHP, Perl, MySQL, SQL, JSP, Flash, XML, Javascript, CSS, and HTML.

Kobia is the former head of Internet services at Latitude 3 Media and Allied Media, in addition to software development experience at Vulcan Publications and Time Inc. He owns numerous websites, including Mashada (an online African community), TravelAfrica (tours to Africa), ScubaDivingPlanet.com (a site geared to scuba divers), and TextHQ.com (a text messaging site), to name a few. You can also keep up with Kobia on his blog at DKfactor.com.

Christopher Kruegel

TR35 2010 Winner

Christopher Kruegel

Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Christopher Kruegel holds the Eugene Aas chair in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests are computer and communications security, with an emphasis on malware analysis and detection, Web security, and intrusion detection. Kruegel enjoys building systems and making security tools available to the public. He has published more than 80 conference and journal papers and is a recent recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. He also serves as an associate editor for several journals and on program committees of leading computer security conferences.

Kati London

TR35 2010 Winner

Kati London

Vice President and Senior Producer, Area/Code
Kati London is vice president and senior producer for Area/Code. She has created and produced hardware and software projects for emerging networked technology applications since 1999.

At Area/Code and beyond, London works with the UK Department for Transport, the BBC, John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, Nokia Research, the Carnegie Institute, Disney Imagineering, Nike, Discovery Channel, CBS, MTV, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

London’s work has been covered by the New York Times, BBC, Wired, Good Morning America, Arte, and National Geographic and featured in museums internationally. She teaches on Persuasive Technology at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Phillip Low

TR35 2010 Winner

Philip Low

Founder and CEO, NeuroVigil
Philip Low is the founder and CEO of NeuroVigil. At the University of Chicago, he invented novel neurosurgical techniques. At Harvard, he showed that a collagen inhibitor could successfully neutralize the growth of fibroid tumors. At the Salk Institute, he invented the SPEARS algorithm and authored a one-page PhD thesis: a solution to a longstanding problem in brainwave analysis. At NeuroVigil, he launched the iBrain, a wireless iPod for the brain, used by the world’s top pharmaceutical companies with outpatient drug evaluations. He holds dual academic appointments at Stanford and MIT.

Timothy Lu

TR35 2010 Winner

Timothy Lu

Assistant Professor, MIT
Timothy Lu, MD, PhD, leads the Synthetic Biology Group in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He is also an associate member at the Broad Institute and a cofounder of Novophage Therapeutics  (now Ascendia Biotechnology).  Lu’s research focuses on engineering fundamental technologies to enable scalable biological systems and on applying synthetic biology to solve important medical and industrial problems.  He is a recipient of the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize, Grand Prize in the National Hall of Fame’s Collegiate Inventors Competition, and the Leon Reznick Memorial Prize from Harvard Medical School.

Conor Madigan

TR35 2010 Winner

Conor Madigan

Chief Executive Officer, Kateeva
Conor Madigan cofounded Kateeva in 2008. Before Kateeva, he was a postdoctoral research scientist at MIT and has worked on organic electronic device technology for more than a decade. He is the author of numerous publications on the topic and holds patents in fields spanning physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, and software engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a PhD from MIT. Both degrees are in electrical engineering.

Michael McAlpine

TR35 2010 Winner

Michael McAlpine

Assistant Professor, Princeton University
Michael McAlpine began his appointment as assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Princeton in 2008. He received a BS with honors in chemistry from Brown University in 2000, and a PhD in chemistry from Harvard University in 2006. His research has been published in journals such as Nature and Nature Materials, and featured in major media outlets including the New York Times. He has received a number of awards, most prominently an Air Force Young Investigator Award, an Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award, a DuPont Young Investigator Award, a Technology Review TR35 Award, and an American Asthma Foundation Early Excellence Award.

Pamela McNamara'

Pamela W. McNamara

President, Cambridge Consultants
Pamela McNamara is president of Cambridge Consultants, a leader in technology innovation, product design, and development in medical technologies, wireless, consumer products, defense, and security.  Previously, she was CEO of CRF, based in Helsinki, Finland, a leading global mobile software provider of e-patient diaries and wireless data collection and management solutions. She has also served as CEO of Arthur D. Little and led its health-care practice. McNamara is a trustee of SouthCoast Health Systems, a member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and a former director on the boards of GTC Biopharmaceuticals and Omrix Biopharmaceuticals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tufts University.

Indrani Medhi

TR35 2010 Winner

Indrani Medhi

Associate Researcher, Microsoft Research India
Indrani Medhi is an associate researcher in the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research India. Her research interests are in the area of ethnographic UI design and technology for socioeconomic development. Her current work is in UIs for low-literate users. She has an MDes from Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BArch from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology. She is also a third-year PhD student at the Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay, India. In 2010, Medhi was featured in the list of "50 Smartest People in Technology" by Fortune magazine.

Peter Meinhold

TR35 2010 Winner

Peter Meinhold

Cofounder and Research Director, Gevo
Peter Meinhold received his diploma in biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, Germany, and completed his PhD in biochemistry at Caltech with Frances Arnold. Meinhold cofounded Gevo in 2005 to commercialize an advanced biofuel technology that would be cost-competitive with petrochemical fuels. In 2009, Gevo announced the startup of a million-gallon-per-year isobutanol demonstration facility retrofitted into an ethanol plant. The company has set a goal of going to market by 2012.

Elisabeth Moyer

Elisabeth Moyer

Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Chicago
Liz Moyer is an assistant professor of atmospheric science at the University of Chicago and a codirector of the Center for Robust Decision Making on Climate and Energy Policy. She divides her time between research on atmospheric water vapor (the largest contributor to greenhouse forcing) and on policy responses to greenhouse-gas increases. She received her BS in physics from Stanford University and a PhD in planetary science from Caltech. At the University of Chicago she develops spectroscopic instrumentation used for atmospheric measurements in the laboratory and in high-altitude aircraft . She is also part of the multi-institution CIM-EARTH project building open-source economic models for policy analysis.

Avi Muchnick\

TR35 2010 Winner

Avi Muchnick

Founder and CEO, Aviary
Avi Muchnick has a JD from Cardozo School of Law (2004) and has founded several startups. He has a background in business, design, and programming. His previous venture, Worth1000.com, started while in law school, has garnered much success as the first social contest site devoted to creative photo manipulation. His current startup, Aviary.com, is the first of its kind where members can open and improve upon others’ artwork using Aviary’s collaborative creation tools. When not building companies focused on the process of creation, Muchnick enjoys biking, scuba diving, and spending time with his wife and three children--his biggest accomplishments.

Harry W. Orf

Harry W. Orf

VP of Scientific Operations and Professor of Chemistry, Scripps Florida
Harry W. Orf, Ph.D. is the Vice President for Scientific Operations and Professor of Chemistry at Scripps Florida.  Prior to his appointment with Scripps, and since 1983, Dr. Orf served as Director of Molecular Biology Laboratories at Massachusetts General Hospital and Principal Associate in Genetics at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Orf is a founder of and principal in Cambridge Laboratory Consultants, Inc., a consulting firm that has participated in the start-up of over 65 biotech companies in the greater Boston area since 1978. 

Dr. Orf received a B.S. degree summa cum laude in Chemistry from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Harvard University. 

Nitin Parekh

Nitin Parekh

Director of Business Development, Palo Alto Research Center
Nitin Parekh focuses on business development activities including spinouts and strategic research/codevelopment engagements with industry partners and government. He also manages client relationships in Singapore, the Middle East, China, and India.

Before joining PARC, Nitin was vice president of business development and product management at NanoNexus. Before that, he was general manager of the business unit of Novellus Systems Optical Products. He has also held management positions at Texas Instruments and Philips Netherlands. He is on the board of Solutions Benefiting Life, a nonprofit that develops safe drinking water solutions for developing countries.

Nitin has authored more than 25 publications and patents. He received graduate degrees from UCLA and Stanford University.

Leonard Polizzotto

Leonard Polizzotto

Vice President, Draper Laboratory
Dr. Len Polizzotto is Draper Laboratory’s Vice President responsible for Strategic Business Development and Marketing. He is leading efforts to raise the Laboratory’s profile to help capture new opportunities for sponsored research and bring the Laboratory’s emerging technologies to market to benefit the public good. Prior to joining Draper Lab, Polizzotto served as Corporate Vice President for Business Development and Marketing for SRI International. A twenty-five year tenure at the Polaroid Corporation preceded his time at SRI International.

Between corporate experiences, Polizzotto directed the Center for the Globalization of Technology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He led the University’s efforts to form partnerships with corporations in applying new technology for business development. He holds ten patents and is the author of numerous articles on human color perception, digital imaging, microphotography, and innovation.

Jason Pontin

Jason Pontin

Editor in Chief and Publisher, Technology Review
As editor in chief, Jason Pontin is responsible for the editorial direction of the award-winning magazine Technology Review and TechnologyReview.com. Pontin took on the role of publisher in September 2005, overseeing all aspects of the company's growth strategy, which includes a rapidly expanding website, specialty e-newsletters, an aggressive international expansion, and signature events, such as the annual Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT.

From 1996 to 2002, Pontin the was the editor of the technology business magazine Red Herring. Most recently, he was editor in chief of the Acumen Journal, covering the business, economic, and policy implications of discoveries in biotechnology and the life sciences. He has written for many national and international publications, including The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Wired, and The Believer. He is a frequent guest on television and radio shows, including ABC News, CNN, and National Public Radio.

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Michelle Povinelli

TR35 2010 Winner

Michelle Povinelli

Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Michelle Lynn Povinelli is the WiSE Gabilan Assistant Professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California. She is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award. She received a BA from the University of Chicago, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from MIT, all in physics. She was a postdoctoral researcher in electrical engineering at Stanford University, where she won a L'Oréal For Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has coauthored over 30 refereed journal articles and holds two U.S. patents.

John Reilly

John Reilly

Associate Director for Research, Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, MIT
John Reilly is the associate director for research in the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change and a senior lecturer in the Sloan School at MIT.  Prior appointments were with the USDA’s Economic Research Service and the U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.  His research has focused on the economics of energy, agriculture, and climate change.

Jason Rottenberg

Jason Rottenberg

Managing Director, Florida First Partners
Jason Rottenberg is a managing director of Arsenal Venture Partners and of Florida First Partners, which is responsible for managing the Florida Opportunity Fund. He has spent the last dozen years founding, building, and funding early-stage technology companies and is a frequent speaker on technology commercialization and the intersection of the defense and commercial markets. Rottenberg graduated from Georgetown University with a BS and earned an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard University, where he was named a Baker Scholar.

Andrey Rybalchenko

TR35 2010 Winner

Andrey Rybalchenko

Professor of Theoretical Computer Science, Technische Universität München
Andrey Rybalchenko works on software verification--in other words, theory, algorithms, and tools for making software more reliable. Rybalchenko discovered a groundbreaking theory of transition invariants for proving program termination. In doing so, he provided the first viable solution to real-world instances of Alan Turing's Halting problem.

Rybalchenko graduated from the University of Saarland and was affiliated with Max Planck Institutes for Informatics and Software Systems, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Rybalchenko is a recipient of the Otto Hahn Medal of the Max Planck Society and Microsoft Research European Fellowship.

Scott Saponas

TR35 2010 Winner

T. Scott Saponas

Researcher, Microsoft Research
T. Scott Saponas is a researcher in the Computational User Experiences group within the Visualization and Interaction Area at Microsoft Research. He earned a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2010 and an MS in 2006, where he was advised by Professor James Landay and Dr. Desney Tan. In 2008, he was awarded a Microsoft Research Graduate Fellowship. His research interests include human-computer interaction and physiological computing. He received a BS in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004.

Evan Schwartz

Evan I. Schwartz

Senior Editor, Business, Technology Review
Evan Schwartz is a journalist and author who writes about business and innovation.  A past contributor to Technology Review, he joined the staff to launch and lead its new Business Impact coverage. Evan was an award-winning technology editor at BusinessWeek and a contributing writer at Wired. He was the Chief Story Officer at Walker Digital, a business R&D lab based in Stamford, CT, best known for launching priceline.com. Evan is the author of five books, including two early bestsellers about the economics of e-commerce, Webonomics (1997) and Digital Darwinism (1999). His book The Last Lone Inventor (2002) was named by Fortune as one of the 75 best business books of all time. Evan has also served as cowriter and producer for Saved by the Sun, a PBS documentary about solar power that aired on its NOVA science series. He holds a BS in computer science from Union College.

Jonathan Segel

Jonathan Segel

Executive Director, CTO Group, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs
Jonathan Segel is executive director of the CTO Group at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs. He has led the development of many new products and technologies, from video electronics for the space shuttle to control system for steel mills to new broadband services. He has had five patents issued in the past 18 months and has started two new venture projects in the past year. A registered professional engineer, Segel is a Distinguished Member of the Alcatel-Lucent Technical Academy. He holds an MBA and an engineering degree.

Mikhail Shapiro

TR35 2010 Winner

Mikhail G. Shapiro

Senior Associate, Third Rock Ventures
Mikhail Shapiro is a neuroscientist, engineer, and technology entrepreneur focused on developing better ways to study the brain’s activity and treat neurological and psychiatric disease. He studied neuroscience at Brown and received his PhD in biological engineering from MIT as a Hertz and Soros fellow. Working with Alan Jasanoff and Robert Langer, Shapiro created the first-ever functional MRI sensors for neurotransmitters. He was also a cofounder of Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems, whose BrainGate technology allowed paralyzed people to control external devices directly with their thoughts. At Third Rock since 2008, Shapiro builds companies that use neuroscience and technology breakthroughs to help patients.

Samuel Sia

TR35 2010 Winner

Samuel Sia

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
Samuel Sia is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University. He obtained his BS in biochemistry at the University of Alberta in Canada and his PhD in biophysics at Harvard University, where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellow. He remained at Harvard for a postdoctoral fellowship in chemistry and chemical biology. His current work at Columbia is focused on developing microfluidic technologies for global health diagnostics and for tissue engineering. His work is supported by the NIH, the NSF, the American Heart Association, the Wallace Coulter Foundation, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Sia is also a founder of Claros Diagnostics.

George Sullivan

George Sullivan

CTO, Me4Sure
Mr. Sullivan is responsible for vision, innovation and commercialization of technology in the product and solution portfolio of Me4Sure. Mr. Sullivan is a noted expert in distributed/networked systems, application virtualization, convergence, call-centers and communication application development, delivery and management.

Mr. Sullivan has an impressive history and record of success with more than 30 years experience with information technology in Fortune 100 companies, various government agencies and entrepreneurial businesses.

Mr. Sullivan graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1977 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and from the Naval Post Graduate School in 1984 with a Masters of Science in Computer Systems EE with honors. He completed PhD course work with specialization in advanced computer communications & VLSI/VHSIC.

Jian Sun

TR35 2010 Winner

Jian Sun

Lead Researcher, Visual Computing Group, Microsoft Research Asia
Jian Sun was born in Xian (home of Terracotta Army), China, in 1976. He received a BS, MS, and PhD from Xian Jiaotong University in 1997, 2000, and 2003. He joined Microsoft Research Asia in 2003. His research is in the fields of computer vision and computer graphics, with particular interests in Interactive Compute Vision (user interface and vision), and Internet Compute Vision (large image collection and vision). He is also interested in stereo matching and computational photography. His recent work won the best paper award at the IEEE conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition in 2009.

Richard Tibbetts

TR35 2010 Winner

Richard Tibbetts

Chief Technology Officer, StreamBase Systems
As a cofounder and CTO at StreamBase, Tibbetts leads architecture design for StreamBase’s award-winning Event Processing Platform, used by organizations such as CME Group, SunGard, Orbitz, Linden Labs, and federal intelligence agencies. He also directs the next-generation of StreamSQL, which applies the benefits of SQL for stored data to real-time transitory data.

He is a frequent publisher and presenter at technology events such as SIGMOD, VLDB, and DEBS. He earned his BS in computer science and engineering and master’s degrees at MIT. He completed his graduate research under Dr. Mike Stonebraker.

Alice WHite

Alice White

Vice President, Bell Labs North America
Alice E. White oversees the research community and programs for the largest R&D region of Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs. Previously, she has held various leadership positions at Bell Labs, including Director of Materials Physics Research, Director of Integrated Photonics Research, and VP of the Physical Technologies Research Center.

A fellow of the American Physical Society, White serves as chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of MIT’s Materials Processing Center. She earned her PhD in physics from Harvard University and completed her thesis research at MIT Lincoln Labs.

Stephen Wolfram

Stephen Wolfram

Founder and CEO, Wolfram Research
Stephen Wolfram is the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research, the creator of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha, and the author of A New Kind of Science. He was educated at Eton and Oxford, and received his PhD in theoretical physics from Caltech. As an academic, he made various contributions to particle physics, cosmology, and computer science, and played a founding role in the development of complexity theory. He was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, and has received numerous awards for science, technology, and business in the years since.

Alexander Wong

Alexander Wong

Managing Director, the D. E. Shaw Group
Alexander Wong is a managing director of D. E. Shaw & Co. and head of venture capital at the D. E. Shaw Group. Prior to joining the firm, in 2005, Dr. Wong was a partner at Apax Partners, a global private equity firm. Before that, he served as a managing director at Intel Capital and in technical roles at Motorola and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Infinite Power Solutions, Solaicx, and Natrix Separations. Dr. Wong holds a BS in computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.