Last week, MIT Technology Review unveiled the 2015 edition of their annual 35 Innovators Under 35 series. This group is making their mark in key emerging technologies, working as inventors, entrepreneurs, visionaries, humanitarians, and pioneers.
Two of these young innovators have also published courses on OCW.
Polina Anikeeva, an Assistant Professor in MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is pioneering new ways to record and stimulate brain activity. Her lab is developing new optoelectronic and non-invasive magnetic neural probes. OCW has her undergraduate course Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials, which explores “how electronic, optical and magnetic properties of materials originate from their electronic and molecular structure and how these properties can be designed for particular applications.”
Michelle O’Malley is a leading researcher of anaerobic microbes, a class of single-cell organisms that could improve chemical manufacturing processes ranging from pharmaceuticals to biofuels. OCW has her advanced undergraduate Biology seminar, Fueling Sustainability: Engineering Microbial Systems for Biofuel Production, which she taught in 2011 while working at MIT as a Biology postdoc.