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SANJAY SARMA

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Chief Executive Officer, President and Dean

Biography

Sanjay Sarma is a distinguished leader in academia and business, currently serving as CEO, President, and Dean of the Asia School of Business, alongside his roles as a professor at MIT. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT, pioneering the technical concepts and standards of modern RFID. Today, the suite of standards developed by the Auto-ID Center, called EPC, has become a global standard utilized by over a thousand companies. Sanjay also previously chaired the Auto-ID Research Council, establishing six labs worldwide. He co-founded OATSystems, later acquired by Checkpoint Systems, and advises numerous companies including GS1, Hochschild Mining, and Rekor Systems.

With degrees from prestigious institutions including IIT, Carnegie Mellon, and UC Berkeley, Sanjay’s expertise spans operations research, automation, and RFID technology. He has authored over 150 publications and played a key role in India’s Aadhaar unique ID system. Sanjay’s contributions have been recognized with multiple awards, including the MIT MacVicar Fellowship and NSF CAREER Award. He has been honored by Business Week, Fast Company, and RFID Journal for his innovations.

In addition to his academic achievements, Sanjay has been instrumental in shaping digital education, helping establish Singapore University of Technology and Design and serving as Director of Digital Learning at MIT. His initiatives include MIT OpenCourseWare and MOOCs, advancing global education accessibility. Sanjay’s multifaceted career exemplifies his commitment to innovation, education, and technological advancement.