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Aug. 27, 2015

MSU’s Lunt named to MIT ‘Innovators Under 35’ list

Michigan State University’s Richard Lunt has been named to the MIT Technology Review "Innovators Under 35" list.

An assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Lunt is known for his role in the development of a solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to see through it.

“Our research at MSU focuses on developing organic and nanostructured materials to enable new kinds of electronic device functionality,” Lunt said. “We are trying to push the boundaries of what electronic materials can do while keeping them low cost. I believe innovation is the engine that will drive our country forward, and I am deeply honored to be included in such a distinguished list.”

Since 1999, the MIT Technology Review has annually recognized exceptionally talented young technologists whose work illustrates the most important emerging technologies of the moment.

Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; and Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple.

The 35 are selected from hundreds of nominations. Outside judges rate the finalists on the originality and impact of their work; that feedback helps the editors choose this group.

Lunt is the recipient of numerous other awards, including an NSF CAREER Award, the DuPont Young Professor Award and the MSU Innovation of the Year Award, among others.

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By: Tom Oswald