Grasp the Future: Sanjay Sarma’s Insights on Work, Education, and Innovation (Part Two)

Episode Information

In this episode of The Knowledge Mindfulness Porch, Dr. Laila Marouf and Sanjay Sarma wrap up their conversation by looking ahead to the future of education for leaders. Sanjay shares his vision as the CEO, President, and Dean of the Asia School of Business, a unique institution that combines rigorous academic learning with real-world experiential learning in Asia. He explains how he aims to create a new generation of leaders who are adaptable, resilient, and culturally aware. He also discusses the importance of interdisciplinary studies, and how he encourages his students to explore different fields and perspectives. He gives examples of how he integrates engineering, management, humanities, and social sciences in his teaching and research. Laila and Sanjay also talk about how artificial intelligence will impact how we learn, and what skills and mindsets are needed to thrive in the age of AI. This episode is a must-listen for anyone who wants to learn more about the future of education for leaders, and how to cultivate a mindset of curiosity, openness, and mindfulness in their learning journey.

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.