IBM Technologists Named to MIT Technology Review Magazine's Top Young Innovators List

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ARMONK, NY - 15 Sep 2003: IBM today announced that three of its rising technical stars were named to the 2003 list of the world's 100 Top Young Innovators by Technology Review, MIT's Magazine of Innovation. IBM's trio of emerging innovators on this year's "TR100" are researchers Kathryn Guarini, Heike Riel and Martin Wattenberg.

"The creativity and innovative spirit exhibited by young technical minds like these is the foundation upon which the technology industry must build to enable its future vitality and growth," said Nick Donofrio, senior vice president, Technology and Manufacturing for IBM. "This prestigious recognition from Technology Review demonstrates that innovators, regardless of age, can rapidly impact and influence the direction and evolution of the information technology landscape."

IBM's TR100 representatives received accolades for their breakthrough work in a variety of emerging technology areas:

The TR100, chosen by the editors of Technology Review and an elite panel of judges, consists of 100 individuals under age 35 whose innovative work in technology has a profound impact on today's world. Nominees are recognized for their contributions in transforming the nature of technology in industries such as biotechnology, computing, energy, medicine, manufacturing, nanotechnology, telecommunications and transportation.

"Innovation and technological change are essential to worldwide economic growth. Now, more than ever, it's important to recognize that there is no one technology driving the next wave of success, but rather several that, when fused together, will create another era of significant change for our society. The members of this year's TR100 hail from fields such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, wireless, energy, computing and medicine. Each is actively developing the emerging technologies that we feel will profoundly impact our world in the century ahead," said Robert Buderi, editor-in-chief of Technology Review.

The 2003 TR100 was selected by a distinguished panel of judges, including:

-- Vinton Cerf, WorldCom Corporation
-- David Tennenhouse, Intel
-- Dr. Gordon Bell, Microsoft
-- Christina Lampe-Onnerud, TIAX
-- Stephen Quake, California Institute of Technology
-- Rodney Brooks, MIT CSAIL
-- George Whitesides, Harvard University

Kathryn Guarini, Heike Riel and Martin Wattenberg will be formally honored at The Emerging Technologies Conference at MIT on September 24-25. The conference features keynotes, panels and breakout discussions on the transformative technological innovations that have the potential to fuel new economic growth and dramatically change the future. More information on ETC2003 can be found at


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