Project Challenges & Goals


New technologies continue to emerge at a rapid pace. Most mid-size manufacturers and fledgling entrepreneurs lack sufficient personnel to learn about and consider implementation of these numerous emerging technologies. As university academic curriculum becomes more adaptable
to inclusion of emerging technologies, faculty expertise is an important component of expanded curriculum.

While entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and students might realize the benefits of IoT implementation in their daily lives, there is insufficient training available to enable them to rapidly implement new technologies in their projects or their businesses. That’s where we come in.


Goals and Tasks:

  • Rapidly increase IoT awareness, knowledge, and expertise amongst college students, entrepreneurs, and business persons in Northeast Ohio.
  • Develop appropriate seminar and workshop educational material, suitable for a broad audience of students, entrepreneurs, and manufacturers, and present that material in a seminar/workshop format that is conducive to constituent schedules and availability.
  • Develop a comprehensive hands-on workshop, enabling a near term demonstration of the real potential for IoT implementation.
  • Provide IoT technical consulting for industry, performed by YSU students.
  • Design and hold a student IoT demonstration and entrepreneurial competition, a high profile event that will result in acceleration of an IoT implementation idea, perhaps leading to entrepreneurial development, business support, and commercialization.


Expected Outcomes:

  • Significantly increased awareness of IoT technology value and benefits amongst university students, regional manufacturers, and entrepreneurs.
  • An exciting and challenging applied engineering experience for students that will enhance the learning experience, improve critical thinking skills, and encourage ongoing inclusion of IoT as a standard design and manufacturing practice.
  • University student business competition that encourages and rewards students who demonstrate leadership, ingenuity, and resourcefulness in implementation of IoT.
  • Interdisciplinary academic collaboration.
  • New and stronger academic/industry partnerships.
  • Formal assessment of program results by a third party assessor to measure effectiveness and to build upon for an anticipated second phase of programming.