Three Sibley Engineers Named “Forbes Under 30 Scholars"

Image of Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, Zhengda Lu, and Xu Liu

Now in its third year, Forbes granted 1,000 students across the country the honor of becoming a Forbes Under 30 Scholar, and the free access to the publication’s annual Under 30 Summit in Boston on September 30, 2018 – October 3, 2018.

Three Sibley engineers were named Forbes Under 30 Scholars in 2018 and these included: Xiangkun (Elvis) Cao, Zhengda Lu of the Erickson Lab, and Xu Liu of the Shepherd Lab.

Elvis CaoXiangkun (Elvis) Cao is a mechanical engineer working in the Erickson Lab. His research at Cornell focuses on two lines: FeverPhone for fever diagnosis; and HI-Light for converting CO2 to fuels. Key accomplishments at Cornell include: the $20K Grand Prize (1/1,150) in 2017 “Create the Future” Design contest by NASA Tech Briefs Magazine, the inaugural $20K “Scale-Up and Prototyping” Award by Cornell Engineering, plus two Best Poster Awards.


Zhengda LuZhengda Lu is a mechanical engineer working in the Erickson Lab. He designed the TIDBIT system, which is a rapid diagnostic testing platform for iron and vitamin A deficiency. He published several research articles on PNAS, Sci. Rep., JMIR Human Factors, Biomed Opt Express. He is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of Chinese Entrepreneur Association at Cornell (CEAC).


Xu LiuXu Liu is a materials engineer working in Prof. Shepherd’s Organic Robotics Lab (ORL). Her research at Cornell focuses on the flow battery design for applications in a soft jellyfish robot, in collaboration with the Archer Research Group in CBE. She has published two first-author articles on Int. J. Hydrog. Energy.

About the Forbes Under 30 Summit:
The event features more than 200 world-class speakers – including investors, celebrities, musicians, sports stars, cultural icons, world-renowned chefs and political and business leaders, all of whom represent the entrepreneurial spirit of the Forbes Under 30 franchise. The Forbes Under 30 Summit serves as the definitive place to learn, network, collaborate, recruit and exchange ideas of the future.

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