Satya Sharma, executive director of the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT) at Stony Brook University, was interviewed in the latest issue of Leaders magazine, a quarterly international publication that deals with a broad range of leadership thoughts and visions of the world’s most influential people. He spoke in depth about CEWIT — its mission; research areas and current projects; and its alliances among academic, business and scientific communities.
Read the interview to discover how CEWIT’s faculty and students are conducting interdisciplinary research and development in wireless and information technology, fostering new enterprise development, addressing the skilled technology worker shortage, and managing technology transfer from lab to marketplace.
Sharma came to Stony Brook University as executive director of CEWIT and a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2003. Before joining Stony Brook, he was senior vice president at Symbol Technologies from 1995 to 2003, overseeing various divisions of the company including Worldwide Operations, Mobile Computing and Wireless Engineering, and Quality and Process Improvements. Prior to his tenure at Symbol, he was director of AT&T Power Systems and an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University. Sharma has managed technology, led product development, managed marketing and financial functions, led operations and taken a leadership role in organizational transformation. He led Lucent Technologies to win the Deming Prize in 1994, making it the first and still the only American manufacturing company to have this honor. While leading Symbol’s Mobile Computing and Wireless Engineering, the company won the National Medal of Technology in 2000. Sharma also led Lucent and Symbol to win the Shingo Prize in 1992 and 2003, respectively. He has more than 70 technical publications and conducts research in a wide variety of disciplines including wireless and mobile computing, quality management and materials science. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Ohio State University.