Anant Agarwal is the Founder and CEO of edX and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. Prof. Anant 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. As a CEO of a global nonprofit, Anant is helping to transform traditional education, removing the barriers of cost, location and access. edX is reimagining the possibilities of education, providing the highest-quality, stackable learning experiences including the groundbreaking MicroMasters® programs. Additionally, he is a recipient of the Padma Shri award from the President of India and was named the Yidan Prize for Education Development Laureate in 2018.
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Mr. Pinchuk has had an exemplary career serving his country, his company, and the American workforce. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard, and his Master and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He served our country in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army.
Mr. Pinchuk currently serves on the board of directors of Columbus McKinnon Corporation, the National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, and Carthage College. He serves on the Senior Advisory Board of the Syracuse University School of Management.
Before joining Snap-on in 2002 as senior vice president and president of Snap-on’s Worldwide Commercial and Industrial Group, Mr. Pinchuk was president, global refrigeration operations, a multi-billion-dollar business unit of Carrier Corporation and a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. Before then, he was with the Ford Motor Company, where he held various financial and engineering positions.
Mr. Pinchuk is widely recognized for his leadership in education and workforce development. SkillsUSA named him Champion of the Year, identifying his extensive support for the growth of a skilled American workforce. IndustryWeek inducted him into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame recognizing his work in leading the American manufacturing renaissance. In addition, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association has recognized him for his far-reaching professional contributions in the field of education.
Mr. Pinchuk continues to be an outspoken leader on workforce development in media appearances and speaking engagements across the country. He appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg, commenting on the global economic scene and advocating for arming everyday people with the skills they need to win the global competition for jobs.