ITHACA, NY – Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list, which celebrates exceptional young professionals across 20 fields, named ten Cornell alumni and two current students to the list.

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Cornell was the 3rd most popular alma mater among the list, following Stanford and U. Penn.

Here’s the list of the honorees, and what they’re up to:

1 – Milagros Barsallo, 28, of the class of 2009, co-founded RISE Colorado. an educational outreach program focused on empowering low-income families and families of color to meet their educational goals.

2 – Michael Belkin, 29, of the class of 2008, co-founded, a social network aimed at LGBT people of all ages. The app aims to provide a purely social alternative to apps focused on dating or hooking up.

In a review, the Wall Street Journal called it, “the gay app you can bring home to mom.”

3 – Morgan Beller, 23, of the class of 2013, is a partner at venture capital firm Andreeson Horowitz. Since joining the firm, Beller helped find a number of promising startups, according to Forbes.

4 – Jenna Bromburg, 29, of the class of 2008, is Senior Manager of Digital Engagement for Pizza Hut, a position she reached in just three years according to Forbes. She directs all social media and digital video marketing for the chain.

5 – Scott Clark, 29, who finished his PhD in 2012, co-founded and is CEO of SigOpt. The SigOpt website describes it as “an optimization framework on steroids for web, mobile, machine learning, and physical applications.” The software is designed to help anyone who needs to run experiments to do so more efficiently.

6 – Gabriel Dobbs, 27, of the class of 2009, is Director of Business Development and Policy at Kespry, a commercial drone company. He helped secure regulatory approval for using drones in construction roles, according to Forbes. Dobbs has also worked for Google and SpaceX.

7 – Narie Foster, 27, of the class of 2009, co-founded M.M. LaFleur, an e-commerce company that provides “bento boxes” of stylish clothing for professional women.

8 – Dipayan Ghosh, 27, who completed his PhD in 2014, recently became the Privacy and Public Policy Advisor for Facebook. Before that, he worked at the White House, where he was an advisor on technology and economic policy, according to Forbes.

9 – Alexander Lavin, 26, of the class of 2012, is a research engineer at Numenta, a company working on artificial intelligence. The company purports to engineered technology that “lays the groundwork for the new era of machine intelligence,” using the brain as a blueprint.

10 and 11 – Kaitlyn Gayvert, 25, and Neel Madhukar, 24, are PhD students working in Cornell’s Elemento Lab. According to the Cornell Chronicle, their work involves “using big data algorithms to discover new anticancer drugs, predict drug-targeting mechanisms and address toxicity for drugs before reaching the clinical trial stage.”

Madhukar told the Chronicle he was honored at making the list, saying “Sometimes people don’t think of science as cool or sexy, but it’s been amazing to see how many people are excited by what we are working on.”

12 – Adam Elmachtoub, 27, of the class of 2009, is an associate professor at Columbia University. According to the Forbes list, Elmachtoub’s research is focused on making businesses more efficient through the use of data science and optimizing algorithms.

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Michael Smith

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