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In 2013, we published an article called “The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers.”

Whatever happened to them, we wondered?

It’s just like poring through your high school yearbook (and then doing a bit of Facebook research) — except it’s not. Unlike wondering what happened to your boyfriend from the eighth grade or seeing if your frenemy became successful (or ended up in jail), there’s a bigger sense of curiosity here: Did these kids fulfill their dreams? Did they live up to their potential? And did all of them end up at MIT?

Before we reveal “The World’s Smartest Teens — 2018,” let’s talk a walk down the proverbial Memory Lane. So, read on to find out what happened to your favorite wunderkind from 2013.

1. Jack Andraka

Where he was in 2013, age 16 …

Andraka was known as the kid who developed one of the best tests ever to help detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, leading him to win the 2012 Intel Fair and $75K.

Where he is now …

He’s completing his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering and public policy at Stanford University and running programs for mentoring disadvantaged LGBT youth in STEM fields. If that didn’t keep him busy enough, he’s also a member of the U-23 National Kayaking Team and placed in the top 20 in his division at the Wildwater Kayaking World Championships. His personal website refers to him as an “innovator and speaker,” as well as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

2. Jacob Barnett

Where he was in 2013, age 14 …

At the age of 14, Barnett was already a graduate student working towards a Ph.D. in quantum physics, as well as his own “expanded version of Einstein’s theory of relativity.”

Where he is now …

He completed his master’s thesis at age 15, and according to his website, he is currently teaching and studying for his Ph.D. at the Perimeter Institute for Advanced Theoretical Physics. Barnett’s mother, Kristine Barnett, has also written a book, The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism (Random House, 2013), which has become a critically acclaimed international bestseller. It details, among other things, Jacob’s real-life journey as a child prodigy learning how to navigate his intellectual pursuits along with his autism.

3. Marian Bechtel

Where she was in 2013, age 18 …

A few years ago, Bechtel was named one of Popular Science magazine’s Top 10 High School Inventors, and her research project garnered her a finalist position in the 2012 Intel Talent Search. At the time, she called herself “a scientist and passionate anti-war activist.”

Where she is now …

Bechtel graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr in 2016 with a degree in geology along with a minor in gender & sexuality. While at Bryn Mawr, Bechtel performed each semester in productions by the Shakespeare Performance Troupe. Bechtel currently works as an Education Associate (Live Presentations & Current Science & Technology) at the Museum of Science in Boston. Her LinkedIn profile states that Bechtel prefers “they/them pronouns.”

4. Shree Bose

Where she was in 2013, age 18 …

Bose rose to fame by creating a drug that might help cure cancer and winning the first prize at the 2011 Google Science Fair. Glamour magazine had just named her one of their “Young Amazing Women of the Year.”

Where she is now …

Bose graduated from Harvard in 2016 with a BA in Cellular/Molecular Biology and minor in Global Health and Health Policy. While at Harvard, Bose was the editor-in-chief for the Harvard Science Review and design editor for the Harvard Crimson. She’s now a M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Duke School of Medicine. According to her personal site, Bose chose to use her platform to become a dedicated STEM education advocate. Realizing a need for better tools for technology education along the way, she co-founded Piper, a Minecraft toolbox for budding engineers.

5. Phoebe Cai

Where she was in 2013, age 15 …

Cai had just earned the bronze medal at the 2012 Math Prize for Girls Olympiad and had won fifth place overall at the 2013 Harvard–MIT Math tournament, along with the Middlebury College French Award. As if that weren’t enough, she also had just received the 2013 Society of Women Engineers Award for her high honors in science and math.

Where she is now …

Cai is currently a senior economics major at MIT and slated to graduate in 2018.

6. Marko Calasan

Where he was in 2013, age 14 …

The young citizen of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) had already been named the youngest MCSA-certified computer systems administrator in the world when he was 8, and the youngest MCSE-certified computers systems engineer at age 9. By the time Calasan reached the age of 14, he had received his own IT lab from the Macedonian government, which also purchased the rights to his tome on the pre-installation, installation, and post-installation process of Windows seven for free distribution in that country’s schools.

Where he is now …

Calasan is still in Macedonia and working through the death of his mother in late 2016. He took to Facebook last December to share the following:

I’m staying together with my family in my apartment where I have a stable platform for my future.

He plans to continue with his professional ambitions and achievements in the world of computer science and plans to continue his education in America.

7. Colin Carlson

Where he was in 2013, age 16 …

Carlson was 16 years old, interning in the Office of Policy for the EPA, and working on his Ph.D. in environmental science, policy & management at UC–Berkeley. He aspired to work on solving environmental policy issues on a global scale.

Where he is now …

Carlson has just had his dissertation accepted in December 2017, at Berkeley. He describes himself on Twitter as a

… global change biologist just trying to get back home. Berkeley Ph.D. candidate, America’s next top modeler, @ForbesUnder30 slacker, #savetheparasites.

He takes a more formal approach with his LinkedIn, where he discusses his interest in

… processes of extinction driven by climate change, and the impact biodiversity loss has on the emergence of infectious diseases. In particular my research focuses on the development of statistical models fitted from community ecology data that test:

  1. the extinction risk different parasites face at broad biogeographic scales,
  2. the link between parasite biodiversity and the dilution of virulent pathogens at the metacommunity scale, and
  3. the epidemiology and community ecology of emerging zoonotic diseases like Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

8. Moshe Kai Cavalin

Where he was in 2013, age 15 …

Cavalin was too young to drive, but still managed to complete a BA from UCLA at the age of 15 and publish a book in both Mandarin and English.

Where he is now …

After completing his MS in information security from Brandeis in 2016, Cavalin is now a graduate assistant at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State, where he will complete his MBA in marketing/entrepreneurship this spring. During the past few years, he’s completed internships for NASA and Honeywell Aerospace.

9. Ainan Celeste Cawley

Where he was in 2013, age 13 …

The native Singaporean had just moved with his family to Kuala Lumpur, and enrolled in Taylor’s University American Degree Transfer Programme where he was majoring in the sciences.

Where he is now …

Good Question! Massive amounts of research, emails, and phone calls still haven’t clued us in to this wunderkind’s whereabouts.

10. Sitan “Stan” Chen, 22

Where he was in 2013, age 17 …

Chen was in his freshman year at Harvard where he was a member of the Glee Club, while studying for a degree in economics and math. At the time, his goal was to become a university professor.

Where he is now …

Chen graduated from Harvard in 2016 and won the Fay Prize for his senior thesis on holographic algorithms. He is now a Ph.D. student in computer science at MIT where he is the recipient of an MIT Presidential Fellowship. He shares the following on his MIT site:

I am generally interested in theoretical computer science, especially at the interface of algebraic geometry and algorithms/complexity. Currently I am interested in optimization, quantum and interactive information, learning, and their many connections.

11. Nick D’Aloisio

Where he was in 2013, age 17 …

D’Aloisio was a British teen with hopes of attending Oxford who’d just sold his app, Summly, to Yahoo for $30 million.

Where he is now …

You can find D’Aloisio on Twitter, where he describes himself as

Founder of Summly; CS & Philosophy at Oxford Uni; Apple Design Award ’14; WSJ Innovator of Year ’13. Ex: PM of Y! News Digest, EIR at Airbnb.

Yes, that’s right — he made it to Oxford, where is he studying computer science and philosophy. He’s doing quite well there: He’s published three papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented one at a conference at the University of Antwerp.

12. Eric Delgado

Where he was in 2013, age 18 …

In 2008, Delgado had won fifth place at the Intel Science Talent Search for his research on E. coli and was attending Yale University at the time of our 2013 article.

Where he is now …

After spending time at The Broad Institute in the summers, Delgado completed his degree in molecular, cellular & developmental biology at Yale. He went on to work as an associate with the Huron Consulting Group and is currently a market planning manager at Genentech in San Francisco.

13. Kathryn DiMaria

Where she was in 2013, age 14 …

DiMaria had just been named the Female Mechanic of the Year and was in the midst of restoring a 1986 Pontiac Fiero by hand.

Where she is now …

It seems that the whole world is wondering if she ever finished the Fiero restoration, but the last update DiMaria posted in her Fiero forum was in April 2016, where she has just finished working on the bits of the interior. She wrote:

Only one more part of the center console needs placed and then I need to put in a radio and reconnect all the AC once I bring it home. I’ve also started putting together more of body work … should have the handles back on the doors by the end of today.

She was supposed to have graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 2016. She also sells welded sculptures in her Etsy shop.

14. Kelvin Doe

Where he was in 2013, age 16 …

Doe had just been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013 and was, at the time, the youngest person in history invited to MIT’s “Visiting Practitioner’s Program.” He was also a speaker at the 2013 TEDxTeen, and amazed thousands of YouTube viewers who saw the short documentary about his inventions. Kelvin wanted to become a scientist to improve life for the citizens of Sierra Leone.

Where he is now …

From 2013–15, Doe served as the president of the Future Global Initiative in his homeland of Sierra Leone and then founded the Kelvin Doe Foundation in 2016. At the age of 20, he began running his own company called KDoe-Tech Inc. In 2016, Doe became an honorary board member of EMERGENCY USA, an organization with a mission to provide free medical and surgical care to the victims of war and poverty. In 2017, Africa Youth Awards named him among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans, an initiative instituted to promote African youth movements and achievement, and also to restore excellence in the works of young people across Africa. He has just turned 21.

15. Tim Doner

Where he was in 2013, age 17 …

The polyglot Doner was famous for speaking 23 languages with a fair amount of excellence.

Where he is now …

Doner is now a senior at Harvard and will graduate in the spring with a BA in Near Eastern languages and civilizations, and a secondary in government. Over the years, he’s been featured in media outlets such as the BBC, the Economist, and the New York Times for being “the world’s youngest hyperpolyglot.” He maintains a website and his Youtube channel, aptly named Polyglot Pal,​ has received over seven million views.

16. Santiago Gonzalez

Where he was in 2013, age 14 …

Gonzalez became a full-time college student at the age of 12. In 2013, he was a junior at the Colorado School of Mines and expected to earn his bachelor’s degree in computer science and electrical engineering by age 16.

Where he is now …

Gonzalez is now a Ph.D. student at UT–Austin. His website lets us know the timeline of what’s happened in his life since we last heard from the child genius. He writes,

In December 2015, I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines, in Golden, Colorado, with a Bachelor of Science in computer science. The following December, I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines again, this time with a Master of Science in computer science. My thesis research focused on lightweight time synchronization for wireless sensor networks. Currently, I am at the University of Texas at Austin, pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science.

17. Nolan Gould

Where he was in 2013, age 14 …

The Modern Family actor with an IQ of 150 was a Mensa member who was gaining fame for his role on the award-winning show.

Where he is now …

Gould is still working on the show, and he recently received an acceptance into the University of Southern California. “I got accepted for Cinematic Arts,” he shared.

I’ve spent my entire life in front of the camera and I just am really interested in what goes on behind the camera — so directing, producing, writing, all of that stuff.

Because Modern Family got picked up for two more years, he deferred admission for one year.

18. Hou Yifan

Where she was in 2013, age 19 …

The chess prodigy, who was the youngest person ever to be the World Champion, was a sophomore at Peking University — one of China’s top universities — in 2013.

Where she is now …

Hou graduated from Peking University in 2016 and was accepted to the University of Chicago for a master’s program in social work; Hou chose to defer admission for one year while she continued on in the world of chess. In 2017, the 23-year old took first prize at Biel in Switzerland.

19. Adam Holland

Where he was in 2013, age 17 …

When he was a senior at the Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, he was hoping to get into Harvard. At the same time, he and his brother were running AJ’s Hawaiian Iceez, a business that sold authentic Hawaiian shaved ice at more then 50 events a year.

Where he is now …

While it’s uncertain as to whether or not Holland reached his dream of going to Harvard, one thing’s for sure: he’s definitely a savvy young businessman. He recently launched his own tea company.

20. Joey Hudy

Where he was in 2013, age 16 …

Hudy came to fame when he and President Obama launched a marshmallow from his Extreme Marshmallow Cannon in the State Dining Room during the Second Annual White House Science Fair. He became Intel’s youngest intern at the age of 16, and his biggest goal was to become an electrical engineer and maybe someday work for Maker Media, Inc.

Where he is now …

Hudy left Arizona State University’s engineering program in June 2016 to move to China to work for Seed Studio, an electronics manufacturing company based in Shenzhen. In early 2017, at the age of 20, he was diagnosed with schizophrenia, and as of March 2017 he was at a treatment center in Tennessee. The family is managing his Twitter account and raising funds to get him the best treatment.

21. Saheela Ibraheem

Where she was in 2013, age 16 …

When Ibrahim was 15, she was one of Harvard’s youngest-ever students. Her ultimate goal was to major in neurobiology or neuroscience and become a scientist.

Where she is now …

In May 2015, the Harvard Gazette announced that Ibrahim — who became a teaching fellow for Harvard’s largest course, CS50 — was graduating from the university at the age of 20. During her time at Harvard, she was a Quincy House neurobiology concentrator with a computer science secondary, who aimed at a career in academia.

22. Isha Jain

Where she was in 2013, age 17 …

The Journal of Developmental Dynamics had published Jain’s work, a project which led to her winning the 2007 — 2008 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. The Harvard freshman had intentions of going on to med school.

Where she is now …

Jain completed her BS in chemical & physical biology at Harvard and then enrolled in MIT, where she worked on a doctorate in systems biology, concentrating in computer science at Harvard–MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She earned her Ph.D. in 2017 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. On her LinkedIn profile, she says:

I am fascinated by the idea of using systems biology approaches to delve deep into the mechanism of human diseases, with the hope of developing novel therapeutic strategies.

23. Erin King

Where she was in 2013, age 19 …

In 2013, King was a sophomore at MIT studying computer science and electrical engineering. By that time, she had already attained the level of Extra, the highest distinction in ham radio operation and had been named the 2012 Amateur Radio Newsline‘s Young Ham of the Year.

Where she is now …

King has spent her summers interning in amazing places, like being an engineering intern at Google and a flight software engingeering intern at SpaceX, while completing her MIT degree. She still pursues academic studies with a focus on robotics and lives in the Boston area, where she was working for WagLabs until August 2017.

24. Talia Leman

Where she was in 2013, age 17 …

In 2012, Leman wrote A Random Book about the Power of ANYone (Free Press, 2012). RandomKid, the nonprofit she created, empowers children to launch their own charitable efforts to solve real-life problems on four continents.

Where she is now …

It appears that Leman is still running RandomKid as the CEO, all the while studying at Stanford, where she is working on undergraduate degrees in English and psychology.

25. Jason Li

Where he was in 2013, age 15 …

In 2013, Li won the Vertical Response competition for his online video about his start-up company, iReTron. His goal was for the company to be a multi-million-dollar business by the end of his college years.

Where he is now …

Li spent a summer at the Wharton Summer Institute and he was slated to graduate from the University of Chicago in spring 2018 with a BS in economics and computer science. During his time as an undergrad, he spent two years as the founder and product designer of UPropspie, a social platform to increase transparency and accessibility to higher education, particularly for low-income students within the U.S. and international students.

iReTron was featured on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank and received investment from Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran.

At present, Li is working on a project known as Flipside, where he is the full stack developer. Flipside uses machine learning to make sharing and learning different opinions easier. He leads HCI design and development.

26. Lauren Marbe

Where she was in 2013, age 16 …

Marbe took the Mensa test for fun and ended up scoring 161 on her IQ test, which was notable for being a single point higher than the Mensa scores of Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, and Bill Gates. At the time, Marbe was debating between attending the University of Cambridge or becoming an actor in London’s West End. The media had a blast, with the supposed genius telling journalists,

I am blonde, I do wear makeup, and I do go out. I love my fake tan and fake nails, as well.

Where she is now …

In spite of extensive research, social media sources are the only means available for knowing more about where Marbe is now. It’s evident that she’s not a little girl anymore: Based on her Facebook page, it appears that she’s living in London, and her Instagram feed is filled with photos of her enjoying life by partaking in activities such as drinking wine for her birthday breakfast.

27. Dalumuzi Mhlanga

Where he was in 2013, age 20 …

Mhlanga had graduated from Harvard in May 2013, and was scheduled to teach a graduate school class at Harvard.

Where he is now …

He attended Oxford for an MS in African studies, which he obtained in 2014; he then finished an MBA at Oxford the following year. During his time at Oxford, he co-founded Africa LEAD to provide training opportunities for budding entrepreneurs. Since 2016, he has been with Econet Global as a strategy associate in London.

28. Neha Ramu

Where she was in 2013, age 13 …

She had just scored 162 — the highest possible IQ score for those under 18 — on the Mensa Test run by Mensa International. At that point in time, Ramu wanted to be a neuroscientist and planned to join the Army Cadet Force.

Where she is now …

Unfortunately, we cannot find anything new on Ramu, not even a Facebook or Twitter account.

29. Shouryya Ray

Where he was in 2013, age 17 …

Ray experienced the highs and lows of fame in 2013: He thought he had solved one of Newton’s outstanding problems, but it was later discovered that his solution had already been found in 1860. Many in the academic community nevertheless praised his efforts and pointed out his intellect in handling such a difficult mathematical problem at such a young age.

Where he is now …

We have been unable to find any new information on Ray.

30. Gabriel See

Where he was in 2013, age 15 …

At age 13, See was named one of the nation’s top 10 high school inventors by Popular Science, even though he wasn’t in high school yet. Two years later, he had accumulated more hours than necessary to obtain a master’s degree in applied mathematics.

Where he is now …

We are unable to find any new information on See or his whereabouts.

31. Nur Muhammad Shafiullah

Where he was in 2013, age 17 …

Shafiullah had just received a bronze medal in the International Mathematical Olympiad in Argentina and planned to study computer science or biology at the university level.

Where he is now …

Shafiullah will graduate from MIT in 2019 with a BS in mathematics and computer science. He spent the summer of 2017 interning as an software engineering Intern for Quora, and is the photo editor for the MIT paper.

32. Kensen Shi

Where he was in 2013, age 17 …

Shi had just won the 2012 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology National Finals, along with the $100,000 grand prize in the Individual category for co-authoring a paper on a more efficient method of motion planning, which has application to animation, robotics, and game design. The following year, he had placed sixth in the Intel Science Talent Search. At the time of our original article, he was busy conducting research at the Parasol Laboratory at Texas A&M and planning to major in computer science at Stanford.

Where he is now …

Shi did indeed attend Stanford, where he majored in computer science with honors and minored in mathematics. He has continued his studies at Stanford into the 2017–18 school year and is currently a co-terminal student there in computer science. (The co-terminal program at Stanford allows undergraduates to study for a master’s degree, while completing their bachelor’s degree in the same or a different department.) In addition to that work, he has spent the past four years studying piano with Thomas Schultz and gave a piano recital in April 2017 that featured works by Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Bartók, Liszt, Ravel, and Chopin.

33. Raghav Sood

Where he was in 2013, age 15 …

The tenth-grader, who is also founder/CEO of Appaholics, had published his first book, Pro Android Augmented Reality (Apress, 2012), and was working on his second book in 2013. Sood was interested in pursuing a career in artificial intelligence.

Where he is now …

Sood is currently a student at UNC–Chapel Hill, where he is on track to receive a BS in computer science in 2019. He was an Android intern for Groupon in summer 2016 and is a research assistant for his university as well as currently working in the blockchain space as an engineer at Coinhako.

34. Stephen R. Stafford, II

Where he was in 2013, age 16 …

Stafford is earning credits toward his triple major — pre-med, computer science, and mathematics — at Morehouse College in Atlanta. The talented teen intends to go on to Morehouse’s School of Medicine, specializing in obstetrics and infertility. He should graduate from medical school when he is 22.

Where he is now …

Stafford graduated from Morehouse at the age of 17, and it’s believed that he went on to enroll in the Morehouse Medical School.

35. Marissa Stephens

Where she was in 2013, age 16 …

Stephens had won the AP Siemens Award for Indiana and was preparing to attend MIT.

Where she is now …

Stephens writes on her LinkedIn profile:

At MIT, I have found a love for computer science. I enjoy the creative aspect of trying to find the “laziest“ solution rather than the most obvious one. Though previously a runner and a national rock climber, I found a new sport to love at MIT: crew. I am currently on the LW women’s varsity crew team and love the blend of competitiveness and teamwork that the sport requires.

She graduated from MIT in 2016 and is now a software engineer at Google.

36. Lawrence Sun

Where he was in 2013, age 16 …

Sun was heading to MIT to major in physics, computer science, or mathematics. He planned to pursue a career in research in academia or for technology development.

Where he is now …

Sun graduated from MIT in 2017 with a BS in math and computer science and has interned at Jane Street, Tech Square Trading, and the Intel Corporation over the years.

37. Andrey Sushko

Where he was in 2013, age 18 …

Sushko had won second place and a $75,000 scholarship from the Intel Foundation for his revolutionary work in microrobotics the year prior, and he was heading to Stanford to major in engineering physics.

Where he is now …

Sushko graduated from Stanford in 2016 with a degree in theoretical physics and mathematics. Along the way, he has interned at SpaceX and is currently a graduate researcher in the Lukin Lab at Harvard, where he is the recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.

At Harvard, he is working on a Ph.D. experimental physics program and seeks to advance the frontier of controllable, engineered, quantum systems by leveraging techniques from both condensed matter and atomic-molecular-optical physics. He aims to continue working in similar fields for many years to come.

38. Adora Lily Svitak

Where she was in 2013, age 16 …

Svitak was already a TEDX speaker and an internationally published author. At the time, her dream was to win a Nobel Prize, either in literature or peace.

Where she is now …

Adora Svitak is now a third-year undergraduate student majoring in development studies and minoring in South Asian studies at UC–Berkeley, where she is the editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Political Review. In the past, she has interned at Tata Communications in New Delhi, conducting research on corporate social responsibility programs; she has also written content for TED’s education division.

39. Achille Tenkiang

Where he was in 2013, age 17 …

Tenkiang intended to be a chemical or environmental engineer, helping developing nations to effectively use technology. He was a finalist in the International BioGENEius Challenge for his work on converting mud into electricity.

Where he is now …

A recent graduate of Princeton, he was the first Princeton student to receive a degree in African studies. He was also elected to serve a four-year term on the 38-member Princeton University board of yrustees and is the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize Fellow.

He writes on his LinkedIn Profile,

… for the next year, I will be pursuing an international service project with Fatuma’s Voice, an arts and youth empowerment organization based in Nairobi, Kenya.

40. Dylan Toh

Where he was in 2013, age 13 …

Toh was 13 years old and training for competitions in table tennis, mathematics, and robotics in Singapore. He was taking courses through a program at the University of Michigan in abstract linear algebra.

Where he is now …

Great question! We have been unable to find any further information about Mr. Toh.

41. Nithin Tumma

Where he was in 2013, age 18 …

Tumma received first prize — a noteworthy $100,000 — in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search for his research on the role of protein pathways in breast cancer. At the time, he was attending Harvard, studying math and computer science, and planning to pursue a career in computational biology.

Where he is now …

Tumma obtained his BS in math and computer science from Harvard, and is now working in the village of Butucu on the island of Aruba, a Dutch colony just off the coast of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean. He is also the founder of Side, a personality-based recommendation system that can be plugged into e-commerce websites.

42. Sarah Volz

Where she was in 2013, age 17 …

Volz was the $100,000 grand prize winner at the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search in Washington, D.C. Her project focused on proving algae could produce more oil for cheaper biofuels. She was heading to MIT in fall 2013.

Where she is now …

Volz graduated from MIT in 2017 and was named one of Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year in 2016. An interview with the Improper Bostonian that same year revealed that she was set on applying to biochemistry and biophysics grad programs.

43. Ari Weinstein

Where he was in 2013, age 18 …

Weinstein was slated to attend MIT to study electrical engineering and computer science. He was famous for joining a group of whiz kids called the “Chronic Dev Team,” who were interested in reverse engineering. When the iPhone came out in 2009, Ari and the Chronic Dev Team joined with another group, the “iPhone Dev Team,” to “jailbreak” the iPhone.

Where he is now …

For starters, Weinstein dropped out of MIT at the age of 19. He was accepted into the Thiel Fellowship program in California to work on two apps: DeskConnect and Workflow. He is the co-founder of Workflow, of which he was also the CEO until June 2017. He is now software engineering manager for Apple.

44. Brittany Wenger

Where she was in 2013, age 18 …

Wenger had received recognition at the 2013 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and planned to attend Duke. Her goals included becoming a pediatric oncologist and performing research to help scientists find cures for cancer.

Where she is now …

Wenger graduated from Duke in 2017 and started attending medical school at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan this past fall. She plans to continue her big data research as a pediatric oncologist.

45. Taylor Wilson

Where he was in 2013, age 19 …

Wilson, who attended high school in Reno, Nevada, had dominated the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, winning nine awards, including First Place Award in the Physics and Astronomy Category, Best of Category Award, and the Intel Young Scientist Award.

Where he is now …

Wilson took a pass on college in favor of a Thiel Fellowship and was recently named a member of the Helena Group.

46. Farrell Wu

Where he was in 2013, age 13 …

Wu had just won the 2012 Australian Mathematics Competition with a perfect score, and had placed third in the 2013 Philippines Mathematical Olympiad, which gave him the opportunity to represent the Philippines at the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), July 2013, in Columbia. Wu’s dream was to win a gold medal for the Philippines at the IMO.

Where he is now …

Like many of the kids on this list, Wu wound up at MIT. He’ll graduate in 2021. And yes, his dream came true: he won a gold medal in the 57th IMO in Hong Kong, which marked the first time in 30 years that the Philippines had won the top prize.

47–49. The Yip Kids: Bryan, Michelle, and Anthony

Where they were in 2013, ages 20,18 and 10 …

This Singapore family of geniuses were all pursuing school: Bryan was in medical school, Michelle was studying medicine at Cambridge, and Anthony wasn’t even a teenager yet, so he was just busy enjoying childhood and school.

Where they are now …

It looks like Bryan, the eldest, is still working through Monash University, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; he is also a member of the Singapore Medical Society of Victoria and was a research assistant in the cardiovascular unit at Peninsula Health in Melbourne. Sister Michelle completed her course at Cambridge and is now listed with the Department of Pathology there. As for youngest brother Anthony — where is he now? That is a good question we would like to know the answer to!

50. Angela Zhang

Where she was in 2013, age 16 …

At the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, & Technology, Zhang had taken home the grand prize — a $100,000 scholarship — for her project, which was called “Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled, Drug Releasing, Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells.”

Where she is now …

Zhang graduated from Harvard in 2016 with a degree in biomedical engineering and is currently a M.D./Ph.D. candidate at Stanford School of Medicine. During her time at Stanford, she has worked with Harvard students to expand on a nonprofit called Labs on Wheels, which she began in 2012. This work has been very well received.

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