This annual list recognizes exceptional young technologists whose innovations will shape our lives for decades to come
Founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1899, MIT Technology Review is a world-renowned, independent media company whose insight, analysis, and interviews explain the newest technologies and their commercial, social, and political impacts.
Recently MIT Technology Review announces an inspiring new class of Innovators Under 35, an annual list recognizing the brightest young minds working in technology today. The problems these 35 innovators are working on now, and the plans they have for how to solve them, show us where technology is headed next.
By developing a VR therapy to fight vision loss in children, compiling African-language data sets for machine learning, and producing industrial chemicals with a lower carbon footprint, this year's innovators have already made important discoveries and advances. They are entrepreneurs, humanitarians, inventors, and researchers tackling tough challenges in five areas: climate change, AI and robots, materials science, computing, and biotech.
"This year's class of innovators is incredibly strong and diverse. Everyone on this list is doing work that's making a real impact," says Amy Nordrum, editorial director for special projects and operations. "These are the people to watch if you want to see what happens at the leading edge of technology in the years ahead."
This year's innovators were chosen from more than 600 nominees by the editors of MIT Technology Review and a panel of 31 expert judges. In a new addition this year, five judges and former honorees—one for each category—also contributed essays outlining what they see as the critical next steps in their respective fields.
"Before anyone has been nominated in the first place they've usually done something pretty spectacular—which makes whittling that list down to a smaller group of semi-finalists and then to the ultimate list of 35 an incredibly difficult task," says Tim Maher, managing editor of MIT Technology Review. "It's a good problem to have, and it means the final 35 are among the most interesting and promising young people working in technology all over the world."
2022 Innovators Under 35
AI and robots:
Laura Blumenschein, Purdue University
Gauri Joshi, Carnegie Mellon University
Yoonho Kim, MIT
Joelle Mbatchou, Regeneron Genetics Center
Ishan Misra, Meta AI
Kathleen Siminyu, Mozilla Foundation
Kathryn Tunyasuvunakool, DeepMind
Alain Vaucher, IBM Research Europe
Sharon Zhou, Stanford University
Alex Abramson, Georgia Tech
Samagya Banskota, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Xin Jin, Scripps Research
Mijin Kim, Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
Benjamin Oakes, Scribe Therapeutics
Scott Xiao, Luminopia
Kaichen Dong, University of California, Berkeley
Chengcheng Fang, Michigan State University
Sean Hunt, Solugen
Shannon Nangle, Circe
Magi Richani, Nobell Foods
Richard Wang, Cuberg
Rui Wang, Westlake University
Hongjie Liu, Reexen Technology
Stefanie Mueller, MIT
Uzoma Orchingwa, Ameelio
Sara Wahedi, Ehtesab
Xu Zhang, Carnegie Mellon University
Setor Zilevu, Meta and Virginia Tech
Maayan Ziv, AccessNow
Beth Esponnette, Unspun
Jia Liu, Harvard University
Naoji Matsuhisa, University of Tokyo
Carlos Portela, MIT
Steve Xu, Northwestern University
Hyunwoo Yuk, SanaHeal
Learn more about this year's honorees in the July/August issue of MIT Technology Review and online here. The honorees will also be celebrated at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference, MIT Technology Review's flagship event on emerging technology and global trends. EmTech MIT will be hosted as a hybrid event for both live and online audiences November 1-3, 2022.