Six Chinese youths make MIT's innovators of the year list

By Wu Yan(
Updated: 2016-08-25 11:31:13

The official website of MIT Technology Review has published this year's list of 35 world innovators under the age of 35, the 16th of its kind, with six Chinese on the list.

The list aims to highlight young innovators who are poised to be the leaders of their own fields, whether they are entrepreneurs or academic researchers.

Under five categories of inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians and pioneers, they are doing research and development or innovation in the fields of medical, energy, materials, IT and others.

The six Chinese on the list are:


Gao Wei, 31

Postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Berkeley

The engineer has built sweatbands that monitor your health.

Jiawei Gu, 30

Former Tech & Research Lead, leading the Human-Computer Interaction team at Institute of Deep Learning, Baidu Research

The AI expert designs interfaces that let technology assist rather than annoy.


Qing Cao, 32

Research fellow at IBM Research-China

His inventions are helping IBM in its decade-plus quest to replace silicon transistors with more efficient carbon nanotubes.

Ying Diao, 33

Assistant professor at University of Illinois

She discovered how to print perfect plastic solar cells.

Yihui Zhang, 30

Associate professor at Tsinghua University

His pop-up nanostructures make it far easier to fabricate very tiny shapes.

Jia Zhu, 34

Professor at Nanjing University

Provides solutions for when there is no clean water.

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