Meet the Science and Public Leadership Fellows Class of 2011

The PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellows are high-potential early- and mid-career scientists working in areas of critical importance to the nation and the planet. They represent a corps of highly visible and socially engaged scientific leaders who embody science as an essential way of thinking, discovering, understanding and deciding.

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Iain D. Couzin

Iain D. Couzin

Iain D. Couzin aims to reveal the fundamental principles that underlie evolved collective behavior.

Milton Garcés

Milton Garcés

Milton Garcés works with very low frequency atmospheric sound, or infrasound, which is generally produced by large things that blow up.

Krista Donaldson

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker researches the design, control, and performance of robotic systems that enable a user to touch virtual objects and distant environments as though they were real and within reach.

Shaily Mahendra

Shaily Mahendra

Shaily Mahendra studies how microbes interact with new contaminants in the environment.

Alysson Muotri

Alysson Muotri

Alysson Muotri is using stem cells to study possible causes – and cures – for autism and other mental disorders.

Raul Rabadan

Raul Rabadan

Raul Rabadan is creating tools to extract scientifically and clinically useful information from large sets of data.

Pardis Sabeti

Pardis Sabeti

Pardis Sabeti works to understand the mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation in humans and pathogens.

Clifford Saron

Clifford Saron

Clifford Saron focuses on two broad areas: the effects of intensive meditation training, and the brain processes of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Jessika Trancik

Jessika Trancik

Jessika Trancik aims to accelerate the development of clean energy. Her quantitative models examine energy technologies such as thin-film photovoltaics to determine which approaches will best mitigate climate change.

Adrien Treuille

Adrien Treuille

Adrien Treuille uses computer games, simulation and animation to help understand movement, shapes and structures.