Smita Bakshi

Ph.D. 1996

Smita Bakshi, Senior Vice President of Wiley Technology & Engineering Careers (TEC) and Co-Founder of zyBooks, is a high-tech professional with over 25 years of experience spanning entrepreneurship, education, and software technology.

Smita co-founded zyBooks in 2012 to empower students to acquire knowledge and skills in STEM disciplines with highly interactive “less text, more action” learning material. zyBooks have been used by over 800,000 students across 800+ colleges/universities and are proven, through numerous research studies, to improve learning outcomes. zyBooks was acquired by Wiley in July 2019.

Prior to zyBooks, Smita was an assistant professor at UC Davis in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has also spent 10 years of her career in Silicon Valley high-tech companies across engineering, product management, business development and strategy in the software industry.

Smita holds a MBA from Harvard Business School, and MS and PhD in Information & Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.