Chief Open Education Officer
Anant Agarwal is the chief open education officer at 2U Inc. guiding and furthering the company’s mission to increase access to high-quality education for everyone everywhere. Anant joined 2U through the edX acquisition where he directed its evolution into one of the world’s leading online learning platforms as founder and CEO.As the first educator to teach an edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT Anant drew 155000 students from 162 countries. He remains a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT today. Previously he served as the director of CSAIL MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.Anant is a successful serial entrepreneur having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation which created the Tile multicore processor and Virtual Machine Works. He has received multiple accolades over the years for his pursuit of great educational innovation. He won 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 a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India and was named the Yidan Prize Laureate for Education Development in 2018.