Dr. Vijay Kumar is Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Computing at MIT. Through these roles he influences the Institute's strategic focus on educational technology and promotes the effective integration of information technology in MIT education. Vijay provides strategic leadership for units engaged in delivering infrastructure and services to support educational technology activities at MIT: Academic Computing in Information Systems and Technology as well as the Academic Media Production Services (AMPS).
Vijay is the Principal Investigator of O.K.I (Open Knowledge Initiative), an MIT-led collaborative project to develop an open architecture for enterprise educational applications.
Vijay is a member of the Advisory Committee for MIT OpenCourseware (OCW) and the steering committee for I-Campus. He is a member of MITs Council on Educational Technology.
Vijay is a member of the Applications Strategy Council for Internet2.
His extensive engagement with professional organizations has included serving on the governing boards of the Seminars on Academic Computing (past Chair), the New England Regional Computing Program, NERCOMP (past Chair) and the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN); membership on the advisory groups of Apple Computer, CISCO, NIIT, India and the Smart Node (Cornell Supercomputing Facility, Senior Associate in the American Association for Higher Education's Teaching Learning and Technology Group), as well as serving on various EDUCAUSE committees.
Vijay serves as a consultant/advisor to several higher educational institutions, national as well as international agencies. He frequently makes presentations on topics related to the planning, management and application of IT to education.
Vijay's doctorate in Education (Future Studies, focusing on educational computing and planning for technological innovations in education) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is preceded by a MS in Industrial Management and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, both from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.