August 19, 2008
Technology Review Unveils the 2008 TR35 Humanitarian and Innovator of the Year
Technology Review today announced the 2008 Humanitarian and Innovator of the Year as part of its annual TR35 awards honoring the top 35 innovators under the age of 35. The Humanitarian of the Year honor goes to Aimee Rose of ICx Technologies, and the Innovator of the Year is JB Straubel, chief technology officer of Tesla Motors.
Aimee Rose, a principal investigator at ICx Technologies, was chosen for her work developing ultrasensitive, portable explosives detectors. Based on work that Rose and others did in chemistry professor Timothy Swager's lab at MIT, these devices can sense tiny traces of explosives in the air. At ICx, Rose has helped improve that technology and build it into two devices that are already being used by the military and by airport security to detect land mines, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), liquid explosives in sealed containers, and even people who have been involved in bomb production.
JB Straubel is being recognized for his work engineering Tesla Motors' all-electric sports car, the Roadster. As chief technology officer of Tesla, Straubel leads the development of the ground-breaking car's major systems, including its battery, motor, and digital control systems. Tesla plans to use these systems as a basis for other electric cars, which can reduce carbon dioxide emissions even when the electricity used to charge them comes from power plants that burn fossil fuels.
"Both Aimee and JB have developed innovative commercial technologies that have the potential to make the world a safer, better place. We are pleased to recognize their important work," said Jason Pontin, editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review.
Rose, Straubel, and the rest of the 2008 TR35 are an elite group of accomplished young people who exemplify the spirit of innovation in business, technology, and the arts. TR35 winners will be profiled in the September/October issue of Technology Review and online at www.technologyreview.com/tr35/. The TR35 will also be featured at the upcoming EmTech08 conference, being held September 23-25 at MIT.
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