3 Indians make in MIT TR Innovators Under 35 list

Three women have reached the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Review’s Innovators Under 35 list this year.


1. Radha Boya, a researcher from University of Manchester’s Graphene Research Institute

2. Suchi Saria, a researcher from Johns Hopkins University

3. Neha Narkhede, co-founder of a Palo-Alto start-up, Confluent Inc.

Radha Boya

The 32-year-old is establishing a research group exploring the fundamentals and applications of atomic scale nanocapillaries. Her current work at Manchester is related to atomic scale capillaries with 2D materials. She got the award under the ‘Inventors’ category for developing the world’s narrowest fluid channel. It can transform filtration of water and gases. Boya did PhD in 2012 from Bengaluru-based Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR). She was recognised for her “Best Thesis”.

Neha Narkhede 

32-year old Neha Narkhede got the Innovators Under 35 award under the ‘Visionaries’ category. She is the co-founder and chief technology officer (CTO) of Confluent Inc., a Palo-Alto based start-up. As an engineer at LinkedIn, Narkhede helped invent an open-source software platform called Apache Kafka to quickly process data from things like user clicks and profile updates. This prompted her to co-found Confluent and build Apache Kafka tools for companies in 2014. Narkhede did a BE in Computer Science from the University of Pune and an MS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, US.

Suchi Saria

The 34 year-old got the Innovators Under 35 award under the ‘Humanitarians’ category. Darjeeling-born Saria is a professor at Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering and Bloomberg School of Public Health. She got the award for “putting existing medical data to work to predict sepsis risk”. Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of an infection. Without quick treatment, sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death. She did her PhD and Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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