On November 13, 2018, Forbes released its 2019 “30 Under 30” list. Cao Xiangkun, XJTU alumnus who graduated from the “Qian Xuesen Pilot Class”, was selected as a member of the “Forbes 30 Under 30 – Energy 2019”. He was also invited to attend the press conference at Fifth Avenue on November 15, 2018. Recently, he was recognized as one of fifty-one 2018-2019 Local Pathways Fellows by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN). In addition, he was nominated for the 1st Young Champions of the Earth, which was launched by the United Nations Environment Programme and Sina Weibo.