First Internet of Things degree in US to be offered by Florida university

Florida International University (FIU) is set to become the first university in the US to offer a bachelor’s degree in the Internet of Things (IoT).

According to FIU provost Kenneth G Furton, the degree will allow students to get and create great jobs, many of which do not exist today. “We are proud to lead in this field and provide our students the opportunity to be equipped for the technology-driven jobs of the future,” Furton said.

The IoT degree offered by FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing will focus on the four major areas of IoT – hardware, software, communication and cybersecurity.

Keml Akkaya, program director of the IoT degree and associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at FIU, said the degree will focus on preparing students with specialised skills to succeed in the operations that help prevent and respond to cyberattacks and the techniques required to strengthen the defense of vulnerable systems that employ IoT devices.

The IoT program, which will start in the spring of 2018, will be a 120-credit hour degree with hybrid courses combining in-person and online learning. Learning about the technologies behind increased machine-to-machine communication will form a core part of the degree.

Elswhere, Republic Polytechnic, a university in Singapore, has launched a 300-hour specialist diploma focused on IoT. It will provide students with hands-on experience with 3D printing, programming, statistics and analytics, and societal role played by interconnected systems. Enrolments for the course will end in July, with the class starting in October. 

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