The ‘Under 30’ set

Adam de la Zerda

In “Energy,” postdoctoral scholar YANIV SCHERSON, a member of the Stanford Nitrogen Group, was honored for inventing a process that uses wastewater treatment byproducts to generate electricity.

In “Law and Policy,” EVGENY MOROZOV, visiting scholar at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, was honored for his book The Net Delusion, which questioned the value of social media as a force for democracy.

In “Science and Healthcare,” assistant professor of structural biology ADAM DE LA ZERDA was honored for his use of molecular imaging to understand disease.

In “Social Entrepreneurs,” medical student NADIM MAHMUD was honored for co-founding Medic Mobile, a nonprofit that helps coordinate healthcare in the developing world by developing and distributing mobile phone software.

In “Sports,” medical student MUTHU ALAGAPPAN was honored for his award-winning sports data analyses, conducted while working at Ayasdi, a data analysis company spun off of Stanford’s Applied and Computational Algebraic Topology Group.

The list also includes current Knight Journalism Fellow LATOYA PETERSON, editor of, in the category of “Media.”