Forbes' 30 Under 30 list recognizes Penn Staters as change-makers

Photos of Huanyu Cheng, Olivier Noel and John Urschel

Forbes recognized, from left, Huanyu Cheng, Olivier Noel and John Urschel as among the top "young change-makers" in science for the 30 Under 30 list. 

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Forbes’ annual 30 Under 30 is strong with blue and white on the 2017 list.

Forbes Magazine recognizes 30 individuals in each of the 20 industries, calling attention to Penn Staters Karan Jani, Huanyu Cheng, Olivier Noel and John Urschel in the Science category and Greg Glod in law and policy. 

Published Tuesday, the 30 Under 30 is the “definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators,” according to Forbes. 

Jani, 28, is a doctoral candidate at Georgia Institute of Technology. 

Cheng, 28, is an assistant professor of engineering science and mechanics. 

Noel, 28, is in the MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Penn State College of Medicine and a founder of DNAsimple. 

Urschel, 25, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Penn State and is currently working on a doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as playing guard for the Baltimore Ravens. 

Glod, 29, is the manager of state initiatives and senior policy analyst with the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

To see the complete list of honorees, go to