Dean of Digital Learning and MIT Professor
Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is the first Dean of Digital Learning at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT and developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards now used worldwide. He was also the the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Senaya and ESSESS.
Dr. Sarma received his Bachelors from the Indian Institute of Technology, his Masters from Carnegie Mellon University and his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. Sarma also worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, and at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in Berkeley, California. He has authored over 75 academic papers in computational geometry, sensing, RFID, automation and CAD, and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching and research including the MacVicar Fellowship, the Business Week eBiz Award and Informationweek's Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.
Associate Dean of Digital Learning and MIT Professor
Vijay Kumar provides leadership for sustainable, technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT. He is a member of the MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) advisory committee, an executive officer for MIT's Council on Educational Technology, and a member of the steering committee for I-Campus, the MIT-Microsoft alliance.
In prior roles at MIT and other institutions, Vijay has been responsible for strategy development and the integration of information technology and media services into education. His research and advising work has included engagements with the Smithsonian, the India National Knowledge Commission, UNESCO, Open University of Catalonia, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Qatar Foundation International, and the Massachusetts STEM Council's Network Operations Board.
Vijay has authored numerous articles in the area of educational innovations and technology strategy, and is a co-editor of a Carnegie Foundation book "Opening Up Education" (MIT Press, August 2008). In 2013, he was awarded an honorary professorship by Tianjin Open University. He was also named the Exxon Mobil Chair for Technology Enabled Learning at the University of Qatar, 2014. Vijay earned his bachelorís and masterís degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, and an EdD from the University of Massachusetts.
Richard C. Larson
LINC Founder and MIT Professor
is the founder and director of the Learning International
Networks Consortium - LINC. Under his guidance and direction,
LINC is evolving into a global community of scholars,
researchers, students, practitioners, and supporters.
dual faculty appointment is through the Department
of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and
System Division (ESD). He was recently named director
of ESD's new Center for Engineering Systems Fundamentals
(CESF) in September 2005. He is also Past-President
of INFORMS – Institute of Operations Research and the Management
Sciences. Prof. Larson was appointed a Mitsui
Professor on November 1, 2004.