This week Laila explores the fascinating world of learning and education with Sanjay Sarma, a visionary leader, a renowned scholar, and a passionate educator. Sanjay is the CEO, President, and Dean of the Asia School of Business, and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He has been instrumental in transforming the landscape of open learning, developing cutting-edge technologies, and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship across the globe. Sanjay shares how his childhood in India shaped his curiosity and passion for learning, how he envisions the future of education in the post-pandemic era, and what skills and competencies are needed for the 21st century. This episode is full of wisdom, inspiration, and practical advice for anyone who wants to learn more effectively, teach more creatively, and lead more authentically. Tune in to hear Sanjay’s insights on how to embrace change, challenge assumptions, and cultivate a lifelong love of learning. You won’t want to miss this!
About Sanjay Sarma: Sanjay is the Chief Executive Officer, President and Dean of the Asia School of Business, and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He was the Vice President for Open Learning at MIT for nearly 10 years, during which he oversaw OpenCourseWare and led the creation of MITx, MicroMasters, the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, and the Jameel World Education Lab.
As a researcher, 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 co-founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. Between 2010 and 2012, Sarma led MIT’s team to establish the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
He has served on the boards of several companies including Hochschild Mining (LON: HOC — until 2021), Aclara Resources (TSE:ARA –since 2021), GS1US, EPCglobal, CleanLab and several startups. 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 worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK, at Lawrence Berkeley Labs, and at OATSystems. His current research interests are the Internet of Things, street scanning, sensing, RFID, autonomy, cybersecurity, logistics, manufacturing, and education. He is the Author of 3 books including The Inversion Factor, Grasp, and Workforce Education
Hosted By: Dr. Laila Marouf