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Vice President for Open Learning; Senior Director, Special Projects, Office of Digital Learning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sanjay Sarma is a professor and Vice President of for MIT Open Learning, leading online education development. William Bonvillian is an MIT lecturer leading research projects on workforce education. They are the authors of a new book from MIT Press, Workforce Education - A New Roadmap, that sets out the policies needed for a new workforce system, and Sarma is also coauthor of the recent book Grasp, The Science Transforming How We Learn (Doubleday 2020).
William B. Bonvillian is Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Science Technology and Society and Political Science Departments, and Senior Director, Special Projects, at MIT's Office of Digital Learning, directing a research project on workforce education. He began teaching science and technology policy MIT in 2007, and has also taught a course on innovation policy since 2017. Prior to this position, from 2006-17, he was Director of the MIT’s Washington, D.C. Office, reporting to MIT’s President. In this position he worked to support MIT’s strong and historic relations with federal R&D agencies, and its role on national science policy. He has assisted with major MIT technology policy initiatives, on energy technology, the “convergence” of life, engineering and physical sciences, advanced manufacturing, online higher education and its "innovation orchard" project on startup scale-up. Prior to that position, he served for seventeen years as a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Senate. His legislative efforts included science and technology policy and innovation issues. He worked extensively on legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, on Intelligence Reform, on climate change, on defense and life science R&D, and on national competitiveness and innovation legislation leading to the America Competes Act in 2007.