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Internet of Things Education Project (IoTEP)

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Gary J. Mullett Springfield Technical Community College

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Gary J. Mullett, a Professor of Electronics Technology and Department Chair, presently teaches in the Applied Engineering Technology Group at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) located in Springfield, MA. A long time faculty member and consultant to local business and industry, Mullett has provided leadership and initiated numerous curriculum reforms as either the Chair or Co-Department Chair of the four technology degree programs that constituted the former Electronics Group. Since the mid-1990s, he has been active in the NSF’s ATE and CCLI programs as a knowledge leader in the wireless telecommunications field. A co-founder of the long running National Center for Telecommunications Technologies (then the ICT Center) located at STCC, Mullett also played a principle role in the development of the innovative and long running Verizon NextStep employee training program. The author of two text books, Basic Telecommunications – The Physical Layer and Wireless Telecommunications Systems and Networks, Mullett did both his undergraduate and graduate work (in Remote Sensing) in the ECE Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he also taught the undergraduate sequence of courses in electromagnetics. He has presented at numerous local, regional, and national conferences and also internationally on telecommunications and wireless topics and on the status of the education of electronics technicians at the two-year college level. His current interests are: the development of novel and innovative systems-level approaches to the education of technicians, applications of the emerging field of wired and wireless networked embedded controllers and sensor/actuator networks, and cyber-physical system applications in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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A convergence of technologies has given rise to the rapid deployment of applications/systems commonly known as the Internet of Things (IoT). These IoT applications incorporate networks of advanced sensors and actuators, embedded intelligence, and present-day networking technologies to provide the exchange of data over the Internet with other devices and systems. In many cases, this technology gives rise to control systems that were not previously possible and also provides the needed platform to implement innovative cyber-physical systems that can have wide-scale impact on everyday activities. In fact, IoT technology has the potential to affect nearly every aspect of human endeavor and commerce by increasing system efficiency and reducing energy consumption. Furthermore, it also can provide real-time monitoring of the nation's infrastructure and environment and has the potential to improve public health, safety, and national security. To address the lack of educational materials and expertise available pertaining to this emerging technology paradigm, this NSF ATE project has four main objectives: First, it is creating and testing relevant interdisciplinary IoT learning material in electronics, computing, and networking that can be used to improve the skill sets of a developing IoT workforce; Second, it is broadly disseminating the materials produced through established networks such as the NSF Advanced Technological Education Centers; Third, the project has develop teacher and faculty expertise in IoT and active-learner technologies through workshops and on-line activities; and lastly, it has attempted to interest under-represented groups in STEM fields by recruiting inner city K-12 students into summer workshops about the IoT. It is vitally important that the United States be at the forefront of the development of this technology and has a workforce that can install, maintain, and update this emerging technology.

Mullett, G. J. (2021, July), Internet of Things Education Project (IoTEP) Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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