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Sanjay E. Sarma (born May 1968) is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the technology visionary credited with developing many standards and technologies that form the foundation of the commercial RFID industry.


Early life

Sanjay Sarma did his B.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 1989 and did his ME from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992 and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 1995.[1]


Sarma began his career at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996, after working for Schlumberger, Inc. and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories.[2]

Prof. Sarma and Dr. David Brock began work on RFID in 1996. In 1999 he co-founded the Auto-ID center at MIT together with Prof. Sunny Siu, Dr. David Brock in order to make the vision of standards based RFID, a commercial reality. The center opened in 1999 as an industry sponsored, MIT research project with the express goal of creating a global open standard system to put RFID everywhere. When Siu departed, Sarma served as the research director and then the chairman of research. Under Sarma's leadership, the number of sponsors grew to 103, and additional labs were funded at other major universities around the world. Once the EPC System was developed, MIT licensed it to non-profit standards body GS1 and the Auto-ID Center project reached a successful conclusion. The labs were renamed Auto-ID Labs and continue their research.

Prof. Sarma is a frequent industry speaker and serves on the Board of Governors of EPCGlobal. He is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He also serves as CTO and Director (Board Member) of Oat Systems, a leader in the RFID market.

In 1999, Sanjay co-founded MIT's Auto-ID Center and has served as its Chairman of Research. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair at MIT, the Ferry Award, the Den Hartog Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Keenan Award for innovations in undergraduate education, the New England Business and Technology Award. He was named as Business Week's ' 25 Innovators' list and Information Week's "Innovators and Influencers". He has over 50 publications in computational geometry, virtual reality, manufacturing, CAD, RFID, security and embedded computing.

Prof. Sarma is known to have developed the use of unusual terms during his lectures on Dynamics and Control, including "The Magic Formula," "The Super Ultra-cool Magic Formula," and "The Pesky Term."


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