Frank Mayadas '57
Ashok Frank Mayadas, PhD, has been elected to the Woodstock School Distinguished Alumni Roll for his extraordinary leadership in the business sector and for his widely recognized work as Program Officer at the Sloan Foundation. Dr. Mayadas joined the Sloan Foundation in 1993. His interests at the foundation are in the areas of learning outside the classroom (computer and electronic communicationsbased education and training), career choice, and industry-related analysis. The foundation has provided over $55 million to nearly 100 academic institutions of higher education in the area of e-Learning. Prior to moving to the Sloan Foundation, Dr. Mayadas spent 27 years at the IBM Corporation. He was Vice President, Research Division, Technical Plans and Controls, from 1991 to 1992; Vice President, Technology and Solutions Development, Application Solutions Line of Business, from 1989 to 1991; General Manager, University and College Systems, IBM Personal Systems Line of Business, from 1988 to 1989; Secretary of IBM's Corporate Management Board and the IBM Management Committee, from 1987 to 1988; and the IBM Management Committee, from 1987 to 1988; IBM Research Division Vice President and Director, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, California, from 1983 to 1987; and an IBM Research Division Director, Technical Planning and Controls, from 1981 to 1983.
Dr. Mayadas received a PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell in 1965 and a BS from the Colorado School of Mines in 1961. He has over 35 published papers in systems, devices, and solid state physics and holds several patents and awards from IBM. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, and a past Director of the Society of Engineering Science. He has served as a member of the National Advisory Board for Georgia Tech and the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering, University of Florida. He has also served as member of the Advisory Boards of the Colleges of Engineering at the University of Illinois and at Vanderbilt University.
At Sloan, Dr. Mayadas has directed the Foundation's Program in Anytime, Anyplace Learning since late 1992 and devised the projects and partnership with a wide range of academic institutions that have made this one of the Foundation's most successful programs. The Sloan Consortium today has over 800 institutions as members, and its academic institutional members offer approximately 800 full degree and certificate programs available to learners worldwide. In recognition of his work in Anytime, Anyplace Learning, Dr. Mayadas has been invited to keynote many conferences and to testify before Congress. In 1998, he received the Medal of Achievement from the National University Telecommunications Network (NUTN), and he has also been elected to the U.S. Distance Learning Association's Hall of Fame. He was invited to serve as a trustee of the Western Governors University and filled this role for five years. He currently leads the advisory group charged with overseeing quality for the U.S. Army's program in online education (eARMYU), and serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Texas Tele-campus. In 2005-2006, he cochaired the Association for Computing Machinery's task force on software globalization that attracted considerable attention. The Sloan-sponsored annual International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks now attracts nearly 900 people from 456 institutions, 27 states, and 13 countries.
His responsibilities at Sloan include the Sloan Program on Information about Careers, which operates a prominent web-site (www. careercornerstone.org) aimed at informing high school and college students about the worklife in technical fields. He is also a Coprogram Director for the Sloan Program on Industry Centers and Industry Studies, which encourages empirical, academic research at universities in specific industries, such as autos, semiconductors, software, and especially their global aspects. In this connection, he has Sloan oversight responsibility for Industry Centers at MIT, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Columbia, Virginia Tech, and Carnegie-Mellon Universities. Dr. Mayadas has been a keynote speaker at several distance education conferences and has testified before Congress on web-based learning.