"Considering all of the elements of the IIoT, what single academic major has the necessary skills to proactively defend against such attacks, detect and counter compromises when they occur, and design new solutions to reduce vulnerability to future attacks?”

— Dr. Robin Coger

Dean of the College of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

study condition-based maintenance based on predictive analytic models collecting data from the IoT network. Raymond Boykin, a research

professor in Information Logistics Technology, and a System, Applications & Products in Data Processing (SAP) Fellow, is focused on enterprise resource planning (ERP) logistics information systems and supply chain risk. “Our second initiative is closely

related and involves IoT [Internet of Things] in the design and fabrication of our SAE Formula,” Boykin adds. “This application includes

connected communications with the machines utilized in the manufacturing process and the connection of the PLM software (Siemens Team Center) with the ERP software,” he said, adding that there are plans to expand this into the race car monitoring system to track vehicle performance. The third initiative involves bringing the economics baccalaureate

and masters programs to the College of Engineering and Technology. Given the nature of IoT ecosystems,

VSU anticipates the need for dual programs that merge technology with economic theory. “Specifically, we anticipate the need

for new economic models specifically aimed at technology-related industries facing rapidly changing market challenges,” Williamson said. Within the context of technology focused learning outcomes, the goals are to provide students with new concepts for value creation as IoT shifts economic models for capturing value. In this sense, VSU aims to establish a vision for entrepreneurship where value creation in traditional product mindset shifts from solving existing needs in a reactive manner to solving problems in real-time and in a predictive manner. On February 1, 2016, Dr. Makola Abdullah became Virginia State University’s 14th President with a

pledge to transform the institution into “Virginia’s Opportunity University.” At 24, Abdullah became the youngest African American in Northwestern’s history to receive a Ph.D. in engineering. “We are at the front and in the business

of getting better,” Dr. Abdullah said. “The integration of the Internet of

Things into our courses is evidence that we are providing quality and innovation into our programs to provide our students with experiences that will give them meaningful opportunities in STEM related fields when they graduate,” he said. “We are excited to be a part of this innovative learning experience.” The Higher Education Research

and Development Survey shows Virginia State University (VSU) recently spent $8.37M on R&D. Compared to other research universities VSU spends an average amount of money on research. (Average: $8.17M) Out of the total $8.37M R&D budget, Virginia State University invested $5.01M in Life Sciences (59.8% of the total fund). S


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