Forty people with ties to the University of California are among “America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars” on this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
From 15,000 candidates identified by its reporters, Forbes chose 600 people for its 2016 30 Under 30 list based on “their game-changing quotient along various dimensions, such as impact, use of cutting-edge technology or creativity, scalability or adaptability.”
Forbes picked 30 people in 20 categories: Arts & Style, Finance, Consumer Tech, Sports, Hollywood & Entertainment, Retail & Ecommerce, Education, Music, Games, Venture Capital, Media, Manufacturing & Industry, Enterprise Tech, Food & Drink, Social Entrepreneurs, Law & Policy, Science, Marketing & Advertising, and Energy and Healthcare.
Those with an affiliation to UC who made the list span many of the categories and have strong representation in business, science and technology:
Hollywood & Entertainment
Retail & Ecommerce
The idea for WriteLab came to Matthew Ramirez, a former English Ph.D. candidate at UC Berkeley, when he was teaching and had more than 120 papers to grade each semester. He co-founded WriteLab to incorporate an algorithm into an app to help teachers grade papers.
Constance Iloh is an incoming assistant professor and a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the UC Irvine School of Education who focuses her research on the most underserved students in higher education.
Manufacturing & Industry
Peter Ballis was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient and focused on large-scale data management for his doctorate in computer science from UC Berkeley. He’ll start as an assistant professor at Stanford in fall 2016.
UC Berkeley alumna Nanxi Liu founded Nanoly, which has a patent on a polymer that keeps vaccines working without refrigeration, and she is CEO and co-founder of Enplug, which makes digital display software.
Food & Drink
Law & Policy
Dipayan Ghosh is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley’s School of Information. He recently joined Facebook as a privacy and public policy adviser after serving in the White House as a technology and economic policy adviser.
Corina Antal received her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences last year from UC San Diego and is now a postdoctoral research associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Her research found that a group of proteins previously thought to promote tumor growth actually suppresses it.
Colin Carlson graduated from college at 15 and is now a Ph.D. candidate in environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley, where his research focuses on how climate change will impact parasites.
Materials scientist Qian Chen was a Miller Institute fellow at UC Berkeley and is now an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research expertise is in “soft matter,” a new class of materials that are self-replicating and can evolve on their own.
UC San Diego Ph.D. grad Sarah Guthals is an expert in computer science education and the co-founder of ThoughtSTEM, a company that develops programs to teach coding to children via Minecraft and other methods.
Jameson Rogers is a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. The UC San Diego alumnus holds a Ph.D in biotech and data science and is pursuing a doctorate in engineering sciences, both from Harvard. His work focuses on the regulation of bacteria used to manufacture chemicals.
Marketing & Advertising
Tai Tran joined Apple full-time when he was a senior and UC Berkeley and is the Digital Marketing Program Manager, leading the launch last year of the company’s first social media account, @AppleMusicHelp on Twitter.
Andrew Yakub is the founder of Rayton Solar. The UC Santa Barbara alumnus’ company uses a laser deposition technology to make silicon wafers for solar panels that are 1/100th the thickness of standard wafers.
Mechanical engineer Emily Woods developed the first solar treatment method for turning human waste into a sustainable fuel source. Sanivation, a company she co-founded, is using the technology in East Africa to improve lives. Woods is a Ph.D. candidate at the UC Berkeley College of Natural Sciences.
UC San Diego doctoral candidate Catherine Marinac is researching how behaviors are linked to chronic diseases. She was first author on a paper that found increased overnight fasting may reduce breast cancer risk in women.
Suono Bio Chief Executive Officer Carl Schoellhammer attended UCLA before transferring to UC Berkeley for his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. While a Ph.D. student at MIT, he developed Suono’s product, a tiny plastic device that delivers drugs to the gastrointestinal tract.