Dr. Sanjay Rai
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

"Education is the key to economic and social mobility throughout the world. Community colleges, in particular, are in the best position to meet the educational needs of the members of our communities including transfer, career, and lifelong learning."  -Dr. Sanjay Rai

Dr. Sanjay Rai

Dr. Sanjay Rai, senior vice president for academic affairs at Montgomery College, is an outspoken champion and ardent supporter of innovations that advance community college student success in academic, career, technical, and workforce development programs. Since his appointment to the SVP position in 2014, he has transformed the Academic Affairs Division, leading efforts to pursue grants and resulting in the College being awarded $25M in Department of Labor grants, as well as partnerships with business and industry (Amarex, InfoSys, BIOTrain) that led to the development of innovative workforce development programs in Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Data Science, and Cloud Computing. These successful partnerships have been recognized nationally. He also developed a collegewide academic structure which encouraged collaboration, innovation, and intensified focus on student success. He supported and encouraged development and use of open education resources (OER), and other student success initiatives including online degrees; the redesign of General Education, General Studies, and developmental education programs; the development of alternative placement processes; and the implementation of academic program advising, among others. 

His priorities revolve around reducing barriers to student success and encouraging opportunities for innovation supporting student success.  The Achieving the Promise Academy provides resources for one-to-one engagement with academic coaches and focuses on gateway and challenging courses for underprepared students.  Grant funds increased participation in the Academy, and NSF, NIH, and FIPSIE grants increased participation and success of underrepresented students in STEM fields.

He has deepened partnerships with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) through the development of the Middle College Program, and the newly created Early College Program being implemented in fall 2018.  The College won an RFP from MCPS that plans for a teacher preparation program for paraprofessionals, which is unusual for a community college.

Dr. Rai continues to build the College's global education and international education, business and industry partnerships started when he was invited to join then Secretary of State John Kerry, then Governor Martin O'Malley and County Executive Ike Leggett on the first of several trips to India which resulted in over $70M in partnerships for the County.

Prior to serving as the College’s chief academic officer, Dr. Rai led the Germantown Campus as vice president and provost. In that role, Dr. Rai assisted with the creation of the Pinkney Innovation Complex for Science and Technology which supports the Life Sciences Park providing an integrated academic, business, and research environment. This endeavor has been sustained over time, and in 2016, the College received the AACC Partnership Award for this project. In addition, the Paul Peck Academic and Innovation Building was completed during his Germantown tenure to address the burgeoning life science industry with 25 start-up companies working on projects and providing learning opportunities for our faculty and students. Dr. Rai led the construction of Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, the first hospital on a community college campus (which also earned the College AACC Partnership Award), and supported the development of the Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia, Hillman Entrepreneur Program and the development of the Biological Sciences Education building.

Prior to being appointed vice president and provost,  he served as Dean for Science, Engineering and Mathematics on the Rockville Campus, leading the second largest academic unit at the College through building renovations, the development of a new Science Center, growth in science programs, and signing MOUs with MCPS, Georgia Tech and George Washington University.  Previously, he rose from faculty to chair, Mathematics, at Jacksonville University.

Dr. Rai completed a PhD in mathematics from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, an MS in mathematics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, and an MS in mathematics and a BS in statistics, physics, and mathematics from the University of Allahabad in India. He is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery’s Class of 2009 and has served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Montgomery, the Gaithersburg Germantown Chamber of Commerce, the BlackRock Center for the Arts and chair of the Maryland Council of Community College Chief Academic Officers.  He currently serves on the Montgomery County Economic Development Council Executive Committee, Maryland Technology Council, and the Montgomery College and Holy Cross Health Steering Committee. He was appointed to the governor’s Life Sciences Advisory Board, and chairs the Workforce and Talent Subgroup. In 2017, he was selected Leadership Montgomery’s Outstanding Leader in acknowledgment of his exceptional leadership in making a difference in Montgomery County. He has received several awards for teaching and scholarship and has authored numerous scholarly articles and other academic publications. His publications are in applied mathematics (modeling HIV using differential equations) and mathematics education, and include Pathways to Real Analysis. 

 

Education
Awards
Publications
  • Carter M.J., Pollard D., Rai S. (2014). India and US Community Colleges. In: Rumbley L.E., Helms R.M., Peterson P.M., Altbach P.G. (eds) Global Opportunities and Challenges for Higher Education Leaders. Global Perspectives on Higher Education. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp 169-172.
  • Pathways to Real Analysis, with Terrance Quinn, Narosa Pub. Co., April 2009.  ISBN: 978-81-8487-008-4.
  • Discovering Laplace Transform, T.J.C. Quinn, Sanjay Rai, Problems, Resources, and issues in mathematics undergraduate studies, to appear, September, 2008.
  • Stability of Delay Systems of Differential Equations: Characteristic Equations and Application, T.J.C. Quinn, Sanjay Rai, and Pratik Misra, submitted September 2004.
  • A four dimensional functional differential equation for the dynamics of CD4+ T-Cells and HIV-1, Pratik Misra, T.J.C. Quinn, and Sanjay Rai, to appear, International Journal of Differential Equations and Applications.
  • A Age-Structured Population Model With State-Dependent Delay with Robert Robertson, International Journal of Differential Equations and Applications, 2002, Volume 6, No. 1, 77-91.
  • Analysis of a Two-Stage Population Model with Space Limitation and State-Dependent Delay, Sanjay Rai, Robert Robertson, Canadian Quarterly of Applied Math, Vol. 8, Number 3, Fall 2000, Appeared Fall 2002.
  • Group Classification and Invariant Boundary Conditions for Generalized Burgers Equations, Sanjay Rai, C.C.A. Sastri, Indian Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 43, No. 1, April 2001, 99-118.
  • Analysis of a Nonlinear FDE for an Age Structured Population, Journal of Natural Geometry, University of London, Sanjay Rai, Dennis Brewer, 11(1997) 57-74.
  • On the Simplification of the Ovsiannikov’s Method for the Construction of Partially Invariant Solutions, Indian Journal of Mathematics, Sanjay Rai, C.C.A. Sastri, Vol. 39, No. 1, 65-74, 1997.
Presentations
  • So Long Silos: Building Strategic Alliances between Colleges and Workforce Boards, National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., March 25, 2018.
  • Bridging the Cybersecurity Skills Gap in Maryland, Montgomery County Cyber Assets Meeting, March 19, 2018.
  • Improving Course Success Rates While Reducing Student Textbook Costs, DREAM 2018, Nashville, TN, February 22, 2018.
  • SB204 Hearing: Cybersecurity Public Service Scholarship Program, Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis, MD. Testimony to amend the bill to include community college students, January 31, 2018.
  • Montgomery College’s Institute for Part-Time Faculty Engagement and Support, American Association of Community Colleges, April 11, 2016.
  • Placement Pilots and Developmental Education, Association of Community College Trustees, October 2015.
  • Partnerships to Promote Student Success, Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers Executive Summit, 2013.
  • Bridging Nations Conference, India, August 2014.
  • White House Pane on STEM Pathways for Underrepresented Groups, October 2014.
  • Leadership Lessons, Leadership Development Institute, November 2014.
  • Creating Opportunities for Community College Transfer Student Success, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students, 2014.
  • Project Portal to Success in Engineering, Innovation 2010, Baltimore, March 2010.
  • Student Success Initiative through External Funding: FIPSE funded Project Portal to Success and Other Possibilities, Jacksonville University, April 3, 2008.
  • Modeling US Population and other real data with Differential Equations, Science Engineering Lecture Series, Jacksonville University, April 3, 2008.
  • Mathematics in Biology: How did this happen? Pi Mu Epsilon Annual Banquet, Jacksonville University, April 4, 2008.
  • Education in the Global Economy, Science Engineering Lecture Series, Jacksonville University, 2006.
  • TI – 89 Graphing Calculator Workshop with Michael Nancarrow and Richard Lee, MAA Sectional Meeting, JU, Spring 2003.
  • Analysis of a Modified Model of b-cell mass, insulin, glucose, and receptor dynamics, a study to model Type II diabetes and its treatment with Adam Singleton, MAA Sectional Meeting, JU, Spring 2003.
  • A Differential Equation Model for the Bacterial Phage Dynamics with David Bell, Judy Holcomb, and Paula Risko, MAA Sectional Meeting, JU, Spring 2003.
  • Invited participant for national discussion on “Meeting the Challenges in Emerging Areas: Education Across the Life, Mathematical, and Computer Sciences” in Bethesda, Maryland, Spring 2003.
  • Differential Equation Models of HIV Infection, invited presentation, ICICI Center for Mathematical Sciences, Delhi, India, August 2002.
  • Modeling U.S. Population - Jesse Robertson Faculty Research Symposium, March 21, 2002.
  • Lie Symmetries, Option Price PDE and Burgers Equation, Jesse Robertson Faculty Research Symposium, March 21, 2002.
  • Mathematical Biology REU at Jacksonville University with Michael Nancarrow, Joint Mathematics Meeting of American Mathematics Society and Mathematical Association of America, San Diego, January 2002.
  • Functional Equations for HIV with Terrance Quinn, Joint Mathematics Meeting of American Mathematics Society and Mathematical Association of America, San Diego, January 2002.
  • A Mathematical Face of HIV- many faces of AIDS class summer 2001.
  • Modeling HIV Infection of T Cells in Blood via Differential Equations - Dr. Michael Sands and his group at the HIV clinic, Shands Hospital, University of Florida, Downtown Jacksonville on March 12, 2001.
  • Existence and Stability of Equilibria in a Two-Stage Population Model with Space Limitation and State- Dependent Delay (with Robert Robertson), Joint Meetings of American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America in New Orleans, January 2001.
  • An Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equation Models of HIV Infection of CD4+ T Cells, MAA Sectional Meeting March 2 and 3, 2001, FGSU, Ft. Myers, Florida.
  • Modeling an Age-Structured Population, MAA Regional Meeting, February 2001 at UNF campus.
  • Modeling HIV Infection of CD4+T Cells, Jesse Robertson Faculty Research Symposium, March 2001.
  • On a Two-Stage Population Model with Space Limitation and State-Dependent Delay with Robert Robertson, Joint Meetings of American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, Washington DC, January 2000.
  • Organized MAA Session on Mathematical Modeling in Biology via Differential Equations (with Sunil Tiwari and Robert Robertson), Joint Meetings of American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, Washington DC, January 2000.
  • Mathematical Models in Biology – Science Engineering Lecture Series (SELS), Jacksonville University, March 16, 2000.
  • On a Student Research Project in Epidemiology, MAA Sectional Meeting, USF, Tampa, Florida. March 2, 2000.
  • A Mathematical Model for Spread of Disease, MAA, Regional Meeting, JU, November 13, 1999.
  • On the analysis of a Nonlinear FDE with State-Dependent Delay for a Single Species Population, Joint Meetings American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, San Antonio, January 1999.
  • Some Mathematical Models in Biology, guest speaker, Laredo Community College, Mathematical Awareness Week Celebrations, Spring 99.
  • Data and Differential Equations, SEM Exchange Lecture Series Montgomery College, April 24, 2008.
  • Modeling HIV Infection of CD4+T Cells, Jesse Robertson Faculty Research Symposium, March 2001.
  • On a Two-Stage Population Model with Space Limitation and State-Dependent Delay with Robert Robertson, Joint Meetings of American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, Washington DC, January 2000. 
  • Organized MAA Session on Mathematical Modeling in Biology via Differential Equations (with Sunil Tiwari and Robert Robertson), Joint Meetings of American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, Washington DC, January 2000.
  • Mathematical Models in Biology – Science Engineering Lecture Series (SELS), Jacksonville University, March 16, 2000.
  • On a Student Research Project in Epidemiology, MAA Sectional Meeting, USF, Tampa, Florida. March 2, 2000.
  • A Mathematical Model for Spread of Disease, MAA, Regional Meeting, JU, November 13, 1999.
  • On the analysis of a Nonlinear FDE with State-Dependent Delay for a Single Species Population, Joint Meetings American Mathematical Society and Mathematical Association of America, San Antonio, January 1999.
  • Some Mathematical Models in Biology, guest speaker, Laredo Community College, Mathematical Awareness Week Celebrations, Spring 99.


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