Lipinski directs major grant to MVCC

Lipinski directs major grant to MVCC

Lipinski directs major grant to MVCC

Lipinski Announces $600 Thousand Education Grant for Moraine Valley Community College

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) is announcing that Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills has been awarded a $600 thousand grant through the National Science Foundation to help establish an “Internet of Things (IoT)” Coordination Network to bring together representatives of industry, manufacturers, academia, and users of integrated smart devices to examine emerging technologies, explore new products and devices, and provide guidance to educators preparing the next generation of technicians.

IoT is the term used to describe the use and integration of smart devices capable of monitoring, controlling, collecting, sending, and receiving data to intelligent systems.  The coordination network also intends to include experts on protecting the users and environments that are projected to be affected by these IoT devices.

Moraine Valley Community College MVCC

Moraine Valley Community College MVCC

“The first step in securing our cyber future is education, and that means everything from educating individuals, to companies, to the next generation of IT professionals,” said Rep. Lipinski.  “Over the years, Moraine Valley has trained countless people in cyber-related fields and served as a leader and a resource for other community colleges around the country offering cyber programs of their own.  These individuals are now making a difference nationwide, and I’m pleased that this grant will help build on that success.”

The emergence of IoT is already transforming homes, institutions of education, manufacturing facilities, and other work places.  The network plans to complete research projects on IoT products, technologies, standards, and applications, and the results of these studies will help to inform decisions about how to optimally develop IoT programs at community colleges.



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