Thomas K Vaidhyan

CEO Aten Inc.

A Social Entrepreneur & Architect of 3 successful start-ups, Thomas K Vaidhyan is currently Chairman & CEO of Aten Inc., USA & Managing Director of Aten India.

From the start-up team of Maersk Logistics in the early 90s to the successful turn around of Atlas Technologies in the 2000’s to starting up Acumen Technologies in Pittsburgh and later Aten Inc in the Triangle and Aten India, creative & continual innovation, focused on sustainable transformation has been Thomas’s enduring business philosophy.

With a personal Mission of removing the global barriers to education and bringing about positive social change, while yet challenging the existing “ Prussian Model” of education, Thomas drove Aten’s R&D to create one of the earliest Virtual platforms in bringing together Learners & Teachers together online.

Envisioning the power and efficacy of Virtual Immersive Learning while partnering with researchers out of NCSU & Virginia Tech on some of the earliest research in the field, led to Aten parlaying it into immensely transformative training and learning solutions to Fortune 500 Customers like J P Morgan Chase, Eisai, Biogen Idec, RJR, Grifols, WNS & a host of others.

These Pioneering solutions not only led to numerous Accolades & Awards to Aten’s work, ranging from

  • 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award from JPMC,
  • 2015- US National Board of Medical Examiners Centennial Competition - SemiFinalist,
  • 2011- Gates Foundation - Next-Gen Learning Challenge Finalist to the
  • 2010- MacArthur Foundation - Digital & Learning Media Competition Finalist,
but also in having Aten Cited as one of the Key Players by The World Serious Game Market Forecast 2017 -2023 .

Further, the incessant drive to advance Global Learning by astutely combining the latest advances in technology like Ai, ML & Predictive Data Analytics to the power of VR, AR & Serious Gaming, has led to Thomas being called upon as an authority on the subject to numerous Global speaking engagements over the past decade. Here are a few recent and upcoming ones :

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Realizing the existing needs for technology expertise in today’s Educational system, Thomas has made it a personal crusade as a social Ed-Tech evangelist and thought leader to bring in best practices in the Corporate world and Global Education to create more meaningful learning experiences for the current and next generation of learners.


An MBA from CUSAT, with Bachelors in Physics, Thomas has been a merit scholar throughout his academic career. An avid Tennis player and Golfer, he reads voraciously, is an Indian Classical (Bharatanatyam) dancer and enjoys music, dance, theatre, travel, cultural interactions and a vast network of friends globally.


Thomas also serves as a Founding Board Member with BEST NC ( which comprises of 150+ North Carolina CEOs to enhance educational policy advocacy in NC ), as well as Board Member of Research Triangle High School ( Pioneer in Personalized Learning & Flip Methodology ) and as First Robotics Regional and National Judge.

As children we love to learn through play and its some of the greatest fun in our lives ! Why should it be any different now ? Let’s make learning fun again !

- Thomas K Vaidhyan -