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Rebecca Steorts '05The editors of MIT Technology Review have named Rebecca “Beka” Steorts ’05 one of this year’s 35 “Innovators Under 35,” recognizing her as a humanitarian in the field of software. Steorts works in several fields, including record linkage, which involves merging many potentially “noisy” data sets to eliminate duplicate entries.

Steorts is using advanced data-analysis techniques to help human rights groups get definitive casualty counts in the ongoing conflict in Syria using data from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group.

The “Innovators Under 35” awards program began in 1999, and has honored exceptionally talented young innovators whose work has the potential to transform the world. Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the cofounders of Google; Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook; Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple; Helen Greiner, the cofounder of iRobot; and Max Levchin, the cofounder of PayPal.

Steorts and this year’s other honorees are profiled online and featured in the September/October issue of MIT Technology Review. They will present their work at the annual EmTech MIT conference Nov. 2-4 on the MIT campus. The conference focuses on emerging technologies and their impact.

A math major at Davidson, Steorts spent the summer following her graduation in 2005 as a research assistant to Associate Professor Tim Chartier. Currently, she is an assistant professor at Duke University.

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