Sanjay Sarma is the Fred Fort Flowers (1941) and Daniel Fort Flowers (1941) Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and the VP of Open learning. He co-founded the Auto-ID Center at MIT, which is considered to be the origin of the Internet of Things industry and where he developed many of the key technologies behind the EPC suite of RFID standards used worldwide. He was also the founder and CTO of OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE: CKP) in 2008. He serves on the boards and advisory boards of GS1, EPCglobal and several startup companies including Senaya, ESSESS, TraceLink, Top Flight Technologies and IoTask. In all his endeavors, Professor Sarma has been at the forefront of technologies now known as the Internet of Things: RFID is a fore-runner to IoT, Senaya enables massive asset tracking, ESSESS focuses on infrared imaging and smart cities, TraceLink enables pharmaceutical applications, and MITx, which reports to Professor Sarma at MIT, delivers revolutionary Massive Open Online Courses (Courses) to millions of students around the world straight from the cloud. Over the years, Professor Sarma has been involved in other sectors as well: health care, energy (through his startups and work experience), automotive technologies, government (he is a designer of the Indian UID system) and financial technology.
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 Internet of Things, 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 Information Week’s Innovators and Influencers Award. He advises several national governments and global companies.