Every year, the Forbes 30 Under 30 list identifies the most promising young visionaries, and Cornellians almost always make an appearance. This year, it was Chiamaka Ijebuonwu ’20 and Jehron Petty ’20 who were named Forbes Under 30 “Scholars,” recognizing them as up-and-coming “leaders, founders, investors and creators,” according to its website.
Cornell alum Tao Liu M.Eng. ’12 recently made the Forbes 30 Under 30 – Asia list in the Finance and Venture Capital category for founding a financial analysis startup, MioTech, with former banker Tu Jianyu.
Gabriel Dobbs ’09, who uses his legal background to help shape regulatory drone rules, was recognized as one of nine Cornellians named to Forbes’ 2016 ‘30 Under 30’ list. With the surge in drone use in recent years, Dobbs said he has worked to eliminate human work and human error from a number of different processes. “There are a ton of beneficial uses of small unmanned aircraft systems,” Dobbs said. “My work has focused on how this technology can remove human beings from doing a lot of dangerous and time consuming jobs in the real world.”
Dobbs currently works as director of business development and policy at Kespry Inc. — a California-based company that designs and builds a commercial drone system from the hardware to the data processing. Describing his job, Dobbs said there is no “typical day” at Kespry.
Alexander Lavin ’12 was one of 600 candidates selected from a pool of 15,000 applicants. He was honored for his research at Numenta, a company that works in the fields of machine learning and artificial intelligence.