Professor Anant AGARWAL

Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate 2018; Founder and CEO, edX

Professor Anant AGARWAL is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. Professor AGARWAL founded edX in 2012 with the aim to provide access to high quality education at scale, to learners around the world, regardless of geographic location, financial resources, prior academic qualifications, gender, race or other demographics. The platform currently offers over 2,000 online courses from more than 130 leading institutions to over 17.6 million people.

Professor AGARWAL has been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions, including the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT’s Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He is also the 2016 recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize for Higher Education, which recognized his work in advancing the MOOC movement. Additionally, he is the recipient of the Padma Shri award, one of the highest civilian awards in the Republic of India. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook “Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits.”

Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. A pioneer in computer architecture, Professor AGARWAL is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.

He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Professor AGARWAL holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor’s from IIT Madras.

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