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Feb162012

Forbes Magazine Picks Pratt Alumni to Watch on Its “30 Under 30” List

Pratt alumni Kiel Mead, Samuel Cochran, and Amanda ClellandThree recent Pratt graduates are on a list of “30 Under 30” rising stars compiled by Forbes magazine. Included in the elite group are Samuel Cochran (B.I.D. ’05) and Kiel Mead (B.I.D. ’06), who made the Art and Design list, and Amanda Clelland (B.F.A. ’07), named on the Media list.

To determine the up-and-coming stars of the future, Forbes asked its readers—who number close to one million—and 12 panels of experts these four questions: “Who is reinventing the world? Who should you hire today? Who will you be working for in 20 years? Who, in short, under the age of 30, matters?”

Famed portrait artist Chuck Close (Hon. ’01) served on the panel of experts for the Art and Design category. The magazine’s reasons for selecting the Pratt alumni are as follows:

Samuel Cochran (B.I.D. ’05), age 29, is CEO, co-founder, co-designer, and director of Sustainably Minded Interactive Technology. Cochran was chosen for creating a leaf-like Solar Ivy commercial energy device and GROW hybrid solar/wind panels, which are now held in The Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. He began work on these projects as a Pratt student and developed them as part of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation, which helps start-up companies build socially and environmentally responsible businesses.

Kiel Mead (B.I.D. ’06), age 28, a furniture and jewelry designer and founder and principal of Kiel Mead Designs, was chosen for using ordinary objects such as matchsticks, car keys, or previously chewed gum to create witty jewelry.

Amanda Clelland (B.F.A. ’07), age 27, is associate creative director at Droga5, a cutting-edge ad agency in New York’s East Village. She was chosen for her award-winning work for numerous clients, including Puma, one of the world’s leading sport lifestyle companies.

Read the entire Forbes article and find out who else made the list!

Text: Adrienne Gyongy
Photos:
Kendall Mills, Courtesy of Samuel Cochran, Courtesy of Amanda Clelland

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