Courses & Job training

Learn how to Create & Connect IoT technology

Foundations of IoT

We will introduce you to the emerging world of the Internet of Things (IoT) and show you how you can participate in this rapidly growing market.

This course is unique in its ability to provide understandable context and exposure to the building blocks of IoT systems,  and will help to build your skills in several key areas. Along the way, we’ll explain the key concepts, demonstrate real-life examples, and allow you to try each example for yourself.

Requirements

Foundations of IoT requires no previous technical background. Basic coding familiarity is helpful, but not required. We will teach anyone with a strong work ethic and access to a laptop computer how to build a working IoT system.

 

COURSE LEADERSHIP

Cecil Lawson

Cecil Lawson

Cecil has been an educator for almost 20 years, specializing in emerging technologies such as IoT, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, software engineering, and Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurship.

As a software engineer by training, he has been recognized by Siemens Corporation Technical Visionary Award; White House Office of Science and Technology, Directors Award, Pride of the City of San Jose 2005, and 2013 and Times Media Corporation Community Beacon Award.

CURRENT OFFERINGS

Foundations of IoT is currently being offered at:
Program Term
San Jose City College Spring 2020
UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension Summer 2020

Enroll to view a preview of the course and be alerted to our next offering

IoT for Work, Life and Play

This course will teach you to imagine, create, and operate intelligent lighting systems. Smart cities, buildings, living spaces, and the environment of our future will depend on advances in the way we light our world.

You’ll create intelligent lighting systems, and learn how to best connect them to the wireless internet and cloud data services. This is a hands-on, project-based learning experience, and you’ll see your intelligent lighting system in action.

Learners of all ages will have a highly relevant job and entrepreneurial skills upon completion of this course. You’ll be working with the same technology that’s being installed in cutting-edge intelligent lighting and smart city programs around the globe right now.

Requirements

IoT for Work, Life and Play requires no previous technical background. We will teach anyone with basic math and science knowledge and access to a laptop computer.

COURSE LEADERSHIP

Rudi Hechfellner

Rudi Hechfellner has been in the semiconductor industry for over 25 years, including 10 years in the LED and lighting industry. From 2005 to 2014, he was the Director of Applications at Philips Lumileds Lighting (now Lumileds). When he started in the LED industry, it was still in the early days of this exciting new lighting technology.

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Dan Nobbe

Dan Nobbe

Dan Nobbe is a member of the Microfacturing Institutes team, where he contributes course content on wireless communications. He has 30 years of experience in the wireless industry, including RF integrated circuits and RF systems.

Dan is also the Director of IP Development at pSemi. He served as VP of Corporate Research and Patent Development from 2014 to 2018. He joined pSemi/Peregrine in 2000 and served as VP of Engineering from 2002 to 2009 and then as VP of RF Integration from 2009 to 2014.

CURRENT OFFERINGS

IoT for Work, Life and Play is currently being offered at:
Program Term
San Jose City College Spring 2020
UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension Summer 2020

Enroll to view a preview of the course and be alerted to our next offering

Making Money with Data

The exploding demand for data science professionals is well documented, with average salaries above six figures and LinkedIn reporting a shortage of over 150,000 people with data science skills. This course is not only for students looking to explore jobs in data science, but also to explore the power of statistical thinking in less conventional areas of their lives and careers. A data science background can make a more powerful investor, or elevate your side hustle!

This course covers the fundamentals of making money with data. Students will be exposed to  data science concepts like cleaning, organizing and visualizing data. Each module also includes lessons on how to apply a data driven mentality to real world situations.

The Making Money with Data course can be taken entirely at your own pace. It combines short, video-based lessons & exercises with powerful case-based homework assignments. All lessons and exercises are performed in Jupyter Notebook.

Requirements

Introductory Python and Data Science and access to a laptop computer.

COURSE LEADERSHIP

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Jitesh Shah

Jitesh Shah turns data into dollars through improved operational efficiencies, better product designs and reduced costs. He designs and builds hardware and interconnect systems at Renesas Electronics by drawing upon expertise in disciplines such as materials science, heat transfer, electromagnetic and RF design, statistics, machine learning and operations research.

He is a sucker for great books. He reads everything and anything that he gets his hands on, and an amalgamation of some of that and more sometimes finds its way into the stories he writes at a couple sites - on all things data at www.dxbydt.com and a collection of his hardware & interconnect engineering related write-ups appear at www.hardwarenutsandbolts.wordpress.com.

CURRENT OFFERINGS

Making Money with Data will soon be offered at:
Program Term
UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Extension Summer 2020

Enroll to view a preview of the course and be alerted to our next offering

FAQs

Our courses are primarily geared towards two specific groups:

  • Students of all ages looking to quickly and affordably gain highly marketable technology skills
  • Working professionals who want to improve their modern technical skills, as well as meet new people and build working projects

Our courses can be offered in an asynchronous (at-your-own-pace) or synchronous (instructor-led) mode.

Students taking MI courses can expect to spend roughly  3-6 hours per week on coursework for each class.

Each class has the following requirements/prerequisites:

  • Foundations of IoT - Foundations of IoT requires no previous technical background,  although basic coding familiarity is a plus. Access to a laptop computer is required.
  • IoT for Work, Life and Play - IoT for Work, Life and Play requires no previous technical background. We will teach anyone with basic math and science knowledge and a willingness to learn. Access to a laptop computer is required.
  • Making Money with Data - Making Money with Data requires a knowledge of introductory Python and Data Science, although students who are unfamiliar with Python will have a chance to take a remedial Python module at the start of this course. Access to a laptop computer is required.

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