Innovators Under 35

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Aug. 18, 2015

MIT Technology Review names Richard Lunt an exceptional young technologist

Break-through solar cell technology by Richard Lunt of the Michigan State University College of Engineering has earned him a place on the 2015 “Innovators Under 35” list by the MIT Technology Review.

Richard Lunt is among the nation's top 'Innovators Under 35.' Photo courtesy of MSU Communications and Brand Strategy.

Lunt, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science at MSU, was named to the annual list that recognizes exceptionally talented young technologists whose work currently illustrates the most important emerging technologies. The announcement was made Aug.18.

"Our research at MSU focuses on developing organic and nanostructured materials to enable new kinds of electronic device functionality," Lunt said. "We are trying to push the boundaries of what electronic materials can do while keeping them low cost. I believe innovation is the engine that will drive our country forward, and I am deeply honored to be included in such a distinguished list. This is wonderful recognition for myself, the college and the university," he added.

Lunt joins a distinguished list of rising research stars in biotechnology and medicine, computer and electronics hardware, energy, the Internet and web, nanotechnology and materials, and software. He will be among the featured presenters at EmTech MIT 2015, where this year’s "Innovators Under 35" will be honored. EmTech MIT is the premier conference focused on emerging technologies and their impact. The 2015 event is Nov. 2 - 4 at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass. 

The 2015 "Innovators Under 35" list:

Biotechnology and Medicine

Gozde Durmus

Stanford University

Gilad Evrony

Harvard Medical School

Cigall Kadoch

Harvard Medical School, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Dena Marrinucci

Epic Sciences

Elizabeth Mormino

Massachusetts General Hospital

Rikky Muller

Cortera Neurotechnologies

Rahul Panicker

Embrace Innovations and Embrace Global

Conor Walsh

Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard

Computer and Electronics Hardware

Yunji Chen

Institute of Computing Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Travis Deyle


Rohan Paul

IIT Delhi

Benjamin Tee

Privi Medical

Melonee Wise

Fetch Robotics


Richard Lunt

Michigan State University

Aaswath Raman


Internet and Web

Yevgen Borodin

Stony Brook University

Patrick Collison

Cofounder and CEO, Stripe

Zakir Durumeric

University of Michigan

Duygu Kayaman


Ben Rubin


Nanotechnology and Materials

Polina Anikeeva


Canan Dagdeviren

Harvard and MIT

Jeannette Garcia


Jun Ge

Tsinghua University

Zhen Gu

University of North Carolina

Michelle O'Malley

University of California, Santa Barbara



Lars Blackmore


Adam Coates


Lisa DeLuca


Jini Kim


Jamie Shotton

Microsoft Research

Saurabh Srivastava

Xerox India

Rebecca Steorts

Duke University

Ilya Sutskever

Google Brain research team

Kevin Systrom