Sanjay Sarma is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and MIT's Dean of Digital Learning. Sarma was one of the founders of the Auto-ID Center at MIT, which developed many of the technical concepts and standards of modern RFID. He also chaired and helped to set up the Auto-ID Research Council consisting of six labs worldwide. Today the suite of standards developed by the Auto-ID Center, commonly referred to as the EPC, are being used by over 1,000 companies on five continents. He serves on the board of EPCglobal, the worldwide standards body he helped to create. Between 2004 and 2006, he took a leave of absence from MIT to found the software company OATSystems, which was acquired by Checkpoint Systems in 2008. He is a consultant to several companies and also serves as a permanent guest of the board of GS1.
Professor Sarma received his bachelor's degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, his master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In between degrees, he worked at Schlumberger Oilfield Services in Aberdeen, UK. His master's thesis was in the area of operations research and his Ph.D. was in the area of automation. His current research projects are in the areas of radio frequency identification, IC packaging, manufacturing, CAD/CAM, machine design, RFID applications, device networking, mobile capture, and smart devices. He has over 75 publications in computational geometry, virtual reality, manufacturing, CAD, RFID, security, and embedded computing.
He is a recipient of the MIT MacVicar Fellowship, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT, the Den Hartog Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Keenan Award for innovations in undergraduate education, the New England Business and Technology Award, and the MIT Global Indus Award. He was selected for 2003's Business Week ebiz 25 and Fast Company Magazine's Fast Fifty.