Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. He is also a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a successful serial entrepreneur, having founded several companies including Tilera Corporation and Virtual Machine Works. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array. 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. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, 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.